Apple is the king of the copycat vortex. I describe that a position on the space-time continuum where everything circles back to the beginning. For example, where does Apple gain inspiration for new products and features?
Copycat City. Apple is not ashamed to take technology invented elsewhere and then show the rest of the industry how to do it right. Touch ID, Face ID, point and click, touchscreens, and more. iPod and smartphones, too. Someone had them before Apple. Guess who made them work better.
The other end of the vortex is where everyone copies Apple. How so?
The answer is easy. What do smartphones look like? iPhones. What do PC notebooks look like? The MacBook Air.
There’s another example where Google could not figure out how to copy Apple.
The original Pixel came out just a few years ago; 2016. Google says the final software update will ship to original Pixel owners next month.
What does that mean?
Time to upgrade, folks! Google is hurting for hardware money.
Alright, I get it. All hardware dies. Even Apple stops supporting everything after a number of years. But 2016 was not a long time ago and already Google is putting it out to smartphone pasture.
Three years. 36 months, or thereabouts.
Google’s Pixel 4 and 4 XL will get support for security updates until 2020. Three years.
By contrast, Apple puts the latest iOS on iPhones going back to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. That was back in 2015 and they can run iOS 13. Even iPhone SE. From 2016.
All of Apple’s smartphones going back to the last iOS version carry a feature that Google has forgotten Apple has, or cannot figure out how to implement it.
If you don’t want an iPhone, fine. Choice is good. But if you want a phone to last a while, the one that lasts the longest– treated fairly, of course– is iPhone; both from security updates and iOS updates, plus resale value.
Google and Samsung never mention such details.