5 iPhone 12 features I’d love to see Apple borrow from Samsung

On the left is the Samsung Galaxy Word 20 and on the suitable is the Word 20 Extremely.

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In a digital occasion earlier this 12 months, Samsung released the brand new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra two telephones that basically caught my eye. As Samsung rattled off the small novel of latest options for every cellphone, I longed to see a few of them come to the subsequent iPhone aka the heavily rumored iPhone 12, which is able to doubtless be unveiled at Apple’s Oct. 13 launch event

I wish to say this upfront: The design and {hardware} options for the iPhone 12 had been doubtless locked in months earlier than the Word 20 launch. However that does not imply we won’t surprise how good it might be to see among the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely’s options on the iPhone 12 and even an iPhone 13 — too quickly?

There are 5 options particularly that I feel Apple ought to take into account adopting. That stated, we all know that Samsung likes to cram in as many new options as attainable into its phones. Apple introduces new options to unravel an issue or enhance your expertise utilizing an iPhone. That distinction is important, and I doubt Apple would add any of those options simply so as to add them.

The iPhone 12 wants an actual telephoto digicam

In February, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has 13x optical zoom and 100x Area Zoom (aka digital zoom). The brand new Galaxy Word 20 Extremely has a 5x optical zoom with 50x digital zoom. The iPhone 11 Pro has 2x optical zoom. I am not saying that the iPhone 12 wants Area Zoom — no cellphone does, actually. However having a 3x or 4x optical zoom on the subsequent iPhone can be welcomed.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra

That is the big digicam bump on the again of the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely.

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At the moment, Apple provides the perfect general digicam system for pictures and movies on any cellphone. Nevertheless, many high-end Android telephones supply a greater zoom vary.

However who is aware of if Apple would solely depend on {hardware} to provide the iPhone 12 a greater zoom vary? It may observe in Google’s footsteps and implement a software-based zoom that makes use of machine studying to enhance the outcomes like on the Google Pixel 4.

Gorilla Glass Victus for higher sturdiness

Each time a brand new iPhone is launched, our group of skilled droppers checks the brand new gadgets to see how sturdy they’re. The iPhone 11 Pro proved to be one of the most durable iPhones PJDM has ever tested.

However these drop checks had been performed earlier than the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely and its Gorilla Glass Victus physique got here out. The brand new Gorilla Glass is twice as scratch-resistant as Gorilla Glass 6 and might survive drops from 2 meters versus 1.6 meters. In concept this implies a Galaxy Word 20 Extremely may survive a drop once you’re holding it as much as your ear on a name. We drop-tested the new Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Note 20 lately and had been fairly impressed with the outcomes.

For years, Apple labored with Corning, the producer of Gorilla Glass, on a customized model of Gorilla Glass for the iPhone. And I am hopeful we’ll see a model of Gorilla Glass Victus for the iPhone 12.

Apple Pencil assist for the iPhone 12

Clearly the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely’s greatest function is the stylus aka the S-Pen. The newest S-Pen when used on the Word 20 Extremely has a latency of 9 milliseconds. That means from the time you contact the display with the S-Pen to the time the display/cellphone reacts is quick. In truth, it has the identical latency because the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro.


The iPad Professional has Apple Pencil assist and it might be nice to have it on the iPhone 12, particularly a bigger display model.

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However one dream many people hope for is to have the ability to use the Apple Pencil on an iPhone, particularly the bigger Max model. My fingers are crossed, hoping that Apple Pencil assist will include the iPhone 12. I imply, iOS 14 brought picture-in-picture video from the iPad to the iPhone. So let’s maintain that pattern going.

The S-Pen getting used on the Galaxy Word 20.

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And who is aware of, possibly Apple would make an Apple Pencil Mini that is roughly the dimensions of a golf pencil?

The iPhone 12 wants a smaller notch

I imagine Samsung has the perfect method in terms of maximizing display actual property and making room for the front-facing digicam. The Galaxy Word 20 Extremely sports activities a hole-punch display that’s each enticing and helpful.

The iPhone 12 must discover a option to revamp the iPhone notch, which appears massive by at this time’s requirements. Clearly Apple has extra than simply the front-facing digicam to account for. FaceID has a number of elements which can be additionally on the entrance. So whereas I would like to see a hole-punch show on the iPhone 12, I do not assume it is attainable.


For the reason that iPhone X, the notch on FaceID iPhones has remained unchanged. I hope it is smaller on the iPhone 12.

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If Apple discovered a option to make the notch smaller on the iPhone 12, nonetheless, that might be a big aesthetic enchancment.

Apple wants so as to add a excessive refresh fee show

The Word 20 Extremely show additionally has a excessive refresh fee. Versus the display refreshing 60 occasions a second, the Word 20 Extremely is able to refreshing its show 120 occasions a second. Equally, the iPad Professional has a Professional Movement show with 120Hz. It is time to see such a display on the iPhone. Even when it was 90Hz, the iPhone 12 ought to have a excessive refresh fee. Apple Arcade video games would look wonderful. Animations in iOS would look tremendous clean. And if the iPhone 12 will get Apple Pencil assist, that prime refresh fee can be a should.

For extra concerning the Samsung occasion and the merchandise introduced, read Samsung Unpacked: Everything revealed.

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Patrick Holland