iPhone 12 wish list: 5 features I wish Apple would copy from Samsung

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

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In a number of digital occasions earlier this 12 months, Samsung released a small army of new products, together with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy S20 FE. However 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 subsequent iPhone aka the heavily rumored iPhone 12, which is able to possible be unveiled at Apple’s Oct. 13 launch event.

I need to say this upfront: The design and {hardware} options for the subsequent iPhone have been possible locked in months earlier than the Notice 20 launch. However that does not imply we will not surprise how good it will be to see among the Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely’s options on the iPhone 12 and even an iPhone 13 — too quickly?

There are 5 options particularly that I believe Apple ought to contemplate adopting. That mentioned, 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 Ultra, 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 Pro 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 subsequent iPhone can be welcomed.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra

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

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At present, Apple affords one of the best total digicam system for pictures and movies on any telephone. Nevertheless, many high-end Android telephones provide a greater zoom vary.

However who is aware of if Apple would solely depend on {hardware} to present the iPhone 12 a greater zoom vary? It might 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 workforce of professional droppers assessments the brand new units 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 assessments have been carried out 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 concept this implies a Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely might survive a drop if you’re holding it as much as your ear on a name. We drop-tested the new Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Note 20 not too long ago and have 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 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 with the S-Pen to the time the display/telephone reacts is quick. In actual fact, it has the identical latency because the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro.


The iPad Professional has Apple Pencil assist and it will 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 preserve that pattern 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 strategy relating to maximizing display actual property and making room for the front-facing digicam. The Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely sports activities a hole-punch display that’s each engaging and helpful.

The iPhone 12 must discover a approach to revamp the iPhone notch, which appears giant by immediately’s requirements. Clearly Apple has extra than simply the front-facing digicam to account for. FaceID has a number of elements which are additionally on the entrance. So whereas I might like to see a hole-punch show on the iPhone 12, I do not assume 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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If Apple discovered a approach to make the notch smaller on the iPhone 12, nevertheless, that may 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 refreshing 60 instances a second, the Notice 20 Extremely is able to refreshing its show 120 instances 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 charge. Apple Arcade video games would look superb. Animations in iOS would look tremendous easy. And if the iPhone 12 will get Apple Pencil assist, that top refresh charge 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