During Apple’s recent “Wonderlust” event where they unveiled their new iPhone 15 series, many people noticed similarities between the new iPhones and Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. While this is not meant to reignite the Android vs. iPhone debate, it is interesting to highlight the ways in which Apple seemed to borrow from Google. Let’s explore five features that were revealed during the iPhone 15 event that the Pixel series already offers.
Firstly, Apple introduced Voice Isolation, claiming it provides crisper and clearer phone calls by using advanced machine-learning models to filter out unwanted background noise. However, Google showcased a similar feature during their 2022 Made for Google event called “Clear Calling.” The Pixel 7 series can suppress background noise and enhance the user’s voice during phone calls, much like the new iPhone 15.
Secondly, the iPhone 15 introduced depth control in images, allowing users to add a bokeh effect to certain subjects while keeping others in focus. Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users are already familiar with this feature, as they can manipulate images using the Unblur editing tool to selectively blur or focus on subjects.
Next, the Pixel 7 series boasts 8GB of RAM, while the pricier Pixel 7 Pro packs 12GB of RAM. This allows for smoother multitasking and better system performance. MacRumors reveals that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max now have 8GB of RAM, catching up to the Pixel series in terms of memory capacity.
In terms of voice memo transcription, Apple introduced this feature in iOS 17, allowing users to read transcriptions of audio messages instead of having to listen to them. However, Google had already announced a similar feature for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, supporting audio message transcription in multiple languages.
Finally, Apple has finally adopted USB-C connectivity for the iPhone 15 series, following an EU mandate. The Pixel series has been using USB-C since its inception in 2016.
In conclusion, while it’s not surprising that tech companies borrow ideas and features from one another, it is interesting to see how Apple seems to have taken some inspiration from Google’s Pixel series for their latest iPhone 15. Both smartphones offer similar features and capabilities, showing that competition drives innovation in the tech industry.