Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the world. Macintosh computers, the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, the iPad and the App Store are some of its most outstanding products. In addition to this, they are constantly introducing hundreds of technologies and improvements to their equipment. So, does Apple need to copy other manufacturers? Perhaps not, but it may well be inspired by other advances in the market to improve its products.
Google Pixel phones, for example, are one of the most advanced devices on the market. Over time, the technology giant has introduced certain features and characteristic elements to its phones that attract the attention of both, users and competitors.
It was recently revealed that Apple could introduce in its new iPhone some elements present in the Google Pixel. Do you want to know what they are?
In the Google Pixel 4, the company introduced the option to detect traffic accidents automatically and alert emergency services. Since that time, this feature has been one of the most useful safety measures of these devices, so it is not surprising that other manufacturers such as Apple decide to implement it in their equipment.
In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is working to incorporate this feature in the iPhone and Apple Watch. The goal is that upon detecting a car accident, 911 will be dialed automatically. It is believed that the company will implement it next year. Given that many vehicles are not currently equipped with any connectivity features, accident detection could be very useful.
How does accident detection work on the Google Pixel?
At the moment, it is unknown how this feature will work on Apple devices and which models will be equipped with it. However, it may work similarly to the Google Pixel.
According to Google, the Pixel device uses motion, location and even nearby sound sensors to detect a possible accident. If through these systems the smartphone determines that the user has suffered an accident, it will automatically make a call to emergency services. In this communication, the device will share both the location and other information about the accident.
As The Wall Street Journal reported, Apple has been experimenting with a similar feature for some time, and has been able to detect some 10 million alleged accidents, of which more than 50,000 would have required an emergency call.
It is believed that using the data collected, the company led by Tim Cook would be ready to introduce this function to detect traffic accidents in its next devices.
Fingerprint reader under the display
The crash detection feature might not be the only thing Apple could add in its new devices. There is another Google Pixel feature that this manufacturer could introduce; it’s the under-display fingerprint reader.
A while back, Apple all but abandoned Touch ID on the iPhone in favor of Face ID. While most users don’t have major usability issues with this feature, there are people who would prefer to have a physical sensor.
Fortunately, there are still devices that incorporate it, even some recent ones. This is why it is rumored that Apple could bring back Touch ID to its smartphones, but this time by integrating it under the screen, just like the Pixel 6 has it. There is a good chance that this will be the case, as this technology is advanced enough to meet Apple’s high standards.
For many, the Google Pixel 6’s camera bar is a genius idea. In order to have a high-quality photographic system in a smartphone, you have to accept that the sensors cannot be so discreet. Google has accepted this and has therefore made this module a design feature.
This is not the case with Apple, who haven’t changed the camera design on the iPhone 13. On the Pro model they have even made it larger, which has created interference with accessory compatibility. This protrusion at the top corner of the back of the phone is awkward when placed on a surface.
Therefore, many think that Apple should take inspiration from the Pixel’s camera bar to make a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable design.
Is it possible that the company will introduce these features in its next devices? We don’t know exactly yet, but there’s a good chance that at least crash detection will be an option. We’ll have to wait for more developments in the coming months to confirm this.