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Apple vs Samsung: 2016 Edition

The web is still abuzz with all the excitement from the official announcement of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, both of which are due for release on March 11. Our Associate Editor Farhan was even on hand at the launch event in Singapore to check out what the Korean manufacturers had to offer. You can read about his experience here

So what can we expect from Apple’s corner in this year’s edition of its heavyweight bout against Samsung?

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IPhone 5se

Well for starters, the word on the web is that Apple is set to launch a 4-inch iPhone in March that is modelled after the iPhone 5s. According to MacRumors, while the 5se may be on par with the larger devices in the family when it comes to performance, it will not have the same features as the 6S and the 6s Plus.

3D Touch

For example, while it will be able to take Live Photos, it will not receive the 3D Touch feature available in the iPhone 6s. Honestly, I don’t think this will be much of an issue because while the feature is pretty cool, its novelty fades quickly.

Power Button

Another design feature that will supposedly be different is the power button, which will be moved from the top of the smartphone to the side- much like the iPhone 6s. This will probably be for the better because it is infinitely more comfortable.


Slightly disappointing news is that the 5se will probably stick to an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 12-megapixel one on the 6s. There’s still no word on Optical Image Stabilization, but we’re keeping our hopes up.

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IPhone 7/Plus

Another thing to look forward to this year will be Apple’s upgrade to its flagship devices: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. According to various sources online, these smartphones are only slated for release in September but have already been making waves.

Lack of Headphone Jack

As we all know by now, the iPhone 7 will not feature a 3.5mm jack for headphones. Instead, headphones will require a Lightning connector or utilize an adaptor. This is supposedly to help achieve an even slimmer iPhone. Personally, I’m absolutely comfortable with the iPhone’s current thickness. I do however, require a 3.5mm jack- as does everyone else who has invested in an expensive pair of earbuds.

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Dual Lens Camera

After acquiring Israeli camera company LinX Imaging, Apple is set to implement a dual-lens camera system in the iPhone 7 Plus. This is good to know, but not very ground-breaking stuff because the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be the first in the world to introduce dual-pixel technology. There is no word about the camera system on the iPhone 7 yet, but it’s safe to presume it’ll be different from the iPhone 7 plus, going by Apple’s track record.

Overall, I can’t say I’m on the edge of my seat after hearing the rumours surrounding Apple’s devices for this year. Apple has been keeping its cards close to its chest thus far, leaving consumers like you and I to speculate how this year’s battle of the two titans will unfold. For now, Samsung looks more likely to run away with it.

Apple will supposedly be holding an event in March to unveil new products, so hopefully we’ll hear more about these phones then. Watch this space for updates.