Technically, there really is no difference between an iPhone and any other smartphone. As long as any mobile device with a touch screen interface capable of doing most of the basic functions of an ordinary computer is deemed a smartphone. Some years ago, nobody in the world considered mobile phones to be more than mere gadgets meant for making calls. But now, millions of people are buying them, and many are opting for iPhone applications instead of ordinary apps.
However, just because iPhone users have a choice of iPhone apps, that doesn’t mean that they are all alike. There are plenty of differences between these devices, and users need to know what to look out for before making a purchase decision. For instance, the hardware and the software programs used by iPhone devices are two radically different things. The iPhone’s hardware is akin to that of a mini-computer in that it is capable of running apps that are much more advanced than those used by ordinary cell phones. The difference lies not in how many instructions per second the iPhone can process, but in how many pixels it processes at a time. iPhone’s hardware is also four times faster than the average cell phone’s.
The software used by iPhone users are also quite different from those used by smartphone users. Although both use mobile phones that run on the iOS platform, the features provided by each differ considerably. IPhone offer hundreds of thousands of apps while Android phones offer a limited selection of fewer apps. Apps for iPhone users can be downloaded via a web connection while Android apps have to be downloaded via specific devices. Moreover, some apps can only be used with particular networks while others can work on any network.
In terms of hardware, iPhone users enjoy a large number of choices when compared to Android users. On the contrary, the iPhone’s OS is far less customizable than its rival’s Android counterpart. The iPhone’s open source software allows third-party developers to develop applications and add-ons that integrate with the operating system. Consequently, the iPhone can be customized as per the users’ needs and preferences.
To take an example, the iPhone 3G introduced HID (High Intensity Discharge) technology. This feature enables users to access the camera directly from the phone’s navigation keys. Another notable difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 is the absence of support for applications designed for Windows Mobile. The iPhone’s lack of support for Windows applications is the reason why it is not possible to download iPhone applications to use on the Android phone. However, the iPhone’s biggest shortcoming remains its lack of screen size; it can only fit the displays of screens that are taller than 6.5 inches.
The iPhone’s increase in popularity is arguably because it offers a larger screen, better design and better features. Nevertheless, the iPhone’s price makes it unattractive for many people. Consequently, the iPhone’s sales are declining. There are, however, several rumors that suggest that Apple will redesign the iPhone in order to attract more people. These include reports that the company is readying the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 earphones.