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What The Tech? Apple is a copycat

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Android users were not impressed with the release of the new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 by Apple. While the features in the new smartphone and operating system have wowed millions of people, notably iPhone users, it is difficult to ignore how many of the new features were first found in Android devices.

The use of artificial intelligence to recognize faces, places and dates in photos in iOS 10, those features were made available in Google Photos over a year ago. The app and program for Android devices stores and sorts  photos by date and person. If you want to find every photo you've taken of your son, search their name in Google Photos and every picture you've taken of your son is listed or shown in one place.

Like iPhone photos, Google photos which is available for Android and iPhone devices, will also create video montages of photos and videos and set them to music.

The "Lift to Wake" feature in the new iOS 10 brings most iPhones to life for the homescreen just by moving the phone. Apple users were happy to see this feature, but Android users have found it in their phones for several years. 

Even the removal of the earphone jack by Apple is nothing new to some Android users. Devices such as Motorola's new Moto­Z smartphone removed the headset jack in favor of bluetooth technology and wireless earbuds. When Apple made the switch it caused an uproar, but no one seemed to notice the change when it was made to Androids. 

Apple also made a change with the iPhone 7 by pushing phones with more storage. Apple is no longer making iPhones with 16gb; storage on new devices start at 32gb. Android devices on the other hand have never put much emphasis on storage since users can easily add storage to the Google devices with micro­SD cards. When an Android user needs more storage they can purchase a 256gb SD card to expand. 

Apple also made big improvements to the camera in the iPhone 7 but some believe it still isn't as good as the camera on many newer Android devices which tend to shoot better photos and videos in low­light than any iPhone. 

Still, while most people agree that the iPhone is the greatest smartphone ever made and that iOS 10 is the best mobile operating system, it is hard to ignore the fact that many upgrades that excite iPhone users were first found by their Android loving friends.

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