Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: 5 features I hope Apple copies for the iPhone 12

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On the left is the Samsung Galaxy Notice 20 and on the best is the Notice 20 Extremely.

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In a digital occasion final week, Samsung released a small army of new products, together with an in-depth tease of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 full with an appearance by the group BTS. Nevertheless it’s the brand new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that actually caught my eye. As Samsung rattled off the small novel of recent options for every telephone, I longed to see a few of them come to the following iPhone aka the heavily rumored iPhone 12.

I wish to say this upfront, that the design and {hardware} options for the following iPhone have probably been locked in months in the past. However that does not imply we won’t surprise how good it could be to see among the Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely options on the iPhone 12 and even an iPhone 13 — too quickly?

There are 5 options particularly that I believe 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 resolve 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 Extremely, which has 13x optical zoom and 100x Area Zoom (aka digital zoom). The brand new Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely has a 5x optical zoom with 50x digital zoom. The iPhone 11 Professional has 2x optical zoom. I am not saying that the iPhone 12 wants Area Zoom — no telephone does, actually. However having a 3x or 4x optical zoom on the following iPhone could be welcomed.

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

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At the moment, Apple presents one of the best total digicam system for photographs and movies on any telephone. Nonetheless, many high-end Android telephones provide a greater zoom vary.

However who is aware of if Apple would solely depend on {hardware} to offer the iPhone 12 a greater zoom vary? It may comply with 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 crew of skilled droppers exams the brand new gadgets to see how sturdy they’re. The iPhone 11 Pro proved to be one of the most durable iPhones CNET has ever tested.

However these drop exams had been performed earlier than the Galaxy Notice 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 idea this implies a Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely may survive a drop while you’re holding it as much as your ear on a name.

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 help for the iPhone 12

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


The iPad Professional has Apple Pencil help and it could be nice to have it on the iPhone 12, particularly a bigger display screen 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 help will include the iPhone 12. I imply, iOS 14 brought picture-in-picture video from the iPad to the iPhone. So let’s hold that development going.

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

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

The iPhone 12 wants a smaller notch

I consider Samsung has one of the best method on the subject of maximizing display screen actual property and making room for the front-facing digicam. The Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely sports activities a hole-punch display screen 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 parts which might be additionally on the entrance. So whereas I might like to see a hole-punch show on the iPhone 12, I do not suppose it is attainable.


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

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Nonetheless, if Apple discovered a option to make the notch smaller on the iPhone 12, that will be a major aesthetic enchancment.

Apple wants so as to add a excessive refresh charge show

The Notice 20 Extremely show additionally has a excessive refresh charge. Versus the display screen refreshing 60 occasions a second, the Notice 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 screen on the iPhone. Even when it was 90Hz, the iPhone 12 ought to have a excessive refresh charge. Apple Arcade video games would look superb. Animations in iOS would look tremendous clean. And if the iPhone 12 will get Apple Pencil help, that prime refresh charge could be a should.

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

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Patrick Holland