7 things Apple iPhone owners can do that Android users only dream of

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7 things Apple iPhone owners can do that Android users only dream of

That’s because Apple has complete control over when its operating system
updates roll-out – there’s no intervention from mobile carriers, or
smartphone manufacturers.
As a result, any security vulnerabilities, software glitches or bugs are
fixed with ruthless efficiency within the iOS ecosystem.
It also means users can get their hands on the latest features as soon as
Apple is ready to push them out.
That’s not always the case with Android.
Google pushed out its latest update to the mobile operating system, 6.0
Marshmallow, back in October 2015.
However, it wasn’t until February 2016 that Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners
were able to start downloading the update and enjoy the latest features.
As soon as Apple’s ready to roll-out an update, it instantly becomes
available to users
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As soon as Apple’s ready to roll-out an update, it instantly becomes
available to users
3 – Simple, Easy Device-Wide Search By Default
Apple’s Spotlight search is a phenomenal tool.
From any Home Screen panel on your iPhone or iPad, simply touch your finger
to the display and drag down to load the search field.
You can then launch a search for almost anything on your device – apps,
contacts, phone numbers, messages, GarageBand projects, draft emails,
individual tracks available to
stream via Apple Music. Spotlight can also search the web, so you don’t have
to fire-up a separate app before you kickstart your next Google search.
Like on OS X, Spotlight can handle some basic maths too. So you can type
your calculation into the search field and get the answer – without ever
leaving the Home Screen.
Start using it, and you’ll struggle to remember how you lived without it.
Many of this is possible from your Home Screen on Android – but not by
default.
For all its expertise in search, Google bafflingly makes you turn on
searching for apps within the Settings of the Google app.
Apple makes both the hardware and software, a completely difference approach
to Android devices
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Apple makes both the hardware and software, a completely difference approach
to Android devices
4 – iPhones Are More Secure
Apple’s iOS is a more secure platform than Android. Granted, it’s not
impregnable. But it is better.
In its 2015 Mobile Threat Report, Pulse Secure estimated that a jaw-dropping
97 per cent of all malware written for mobile targeted Android devices.
Meanwhile the United States Department of Homeland Security has previously
estimated than a meagre 0.7 per cent of malware threats would affect iOS
users.
One of the reasons for this disparity is that many Android users do not – or
cannot – update to the latest version of the operating system.
Android also has more users worldwide, which makes it appealing for cyber
scammers.
TouchID fingerprint scanners are now universal across the iPhone line-up
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TouchID fingerprint scanners are now universal across the iPhone line-up
5 – Better Support For Newer Technologies
Since Apple is the only manufacturer making iOS devices, new technologies
tend to see a much faster adoption.
For example, the US technology firm introduced biometric security with the
Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S back in September 2013.
Three years later, Apple no longer sells an iPhone from its Store that
doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.
That consistency in user experience is very appealing to developers – who
move quickly to implement and adopt the technology.
In contrast, Android only introduced system-wide support for fingerprint
scanners in Marshmallow, which launched in October 2015.
Previously, manufacturers had to implement the technology themselves.
That meant third-party app developers could not guarantee every Android user
would have the same experience.
Swapping between Apple devices works extremely well
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Swapping between Apple devices works extremely well
6 – Works Great with All Your Devices
Since Apple creates both the hardware and software for its devices, they
tend to work really, really well together.
Start writing an email, document, text message on one Apple device and you
can immediately pick up where you left off from another.
With Continuity, you can also make and receive phone calls from your iPad,
iPod touch, or Mac when your iPhone is on the same wifi network.
And following the update to macOS Sierra later this year, you’ll be able to
copy something on one Apple device – and paste it on another.
Being able to seamlessly transition between devices in this way is
incredibly useful.
And it’s something that’s difficult to recreate when your devices are built
from different – and often, competing – manufacturers, running different
operating systems.
Android might be more popular, but iPhones have a number of superior
features
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Android might be more popular, but iPhones have a number of superior
features
7 – Lightning is Miles Better than Micro USB
Apple’s Lightning connector might not be a standard, like Micro USB, but it
is much more powerful. Literally.
Micro USB is limited to nine watts of power, while Lightning provides 12 or
more.
Unlike the humble Micro USB, Lightning is reversible – which is convenient.
It’s also studier because the pins are moulded in one solid piece around the
male connector, there’s no need to include a housing to shield and protect
the pins – like those used in
the male Micro USB plugs. Lightning is also bi-directional, meaning it can
be used to power your iPhone or iPad, but it also just as easily can be used
to power accessories, like
keyboards.
MicroUSB 2.0 works only in one direction.
The Lightning port can also be used for audio.
Lightning headphones are capable of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital
audio output from Apple devices, as well as sending mono 48 kHz digital
input from a microphone.
Manufacturers can also include remote controls with the ability to change
the volume, pause and play audio, as well as map buttons to specific app
functions.

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