Is Apple’s iPhone 6 Just Google’s Nexus 4 from 2012?

A graphic wandering around Twitter suggests that Android fans enjoyed an iPhone 6 two years ago.

Apple's latest iPhone is compared to Google's Nexus 4 that hit stores back in 2012. Photo:  Ron Amadeo/Twitter

Apple’s latest iPhone is compared to Google’s Nexus 4 that hit stores back in 2012. Photo: Ron Amadeo/Twitter

There was a time when the Californian tech giant was the trend setter and Samsung earned for itself a reputation for being the fast follower. However, such tendency was observed some time ago. The tech world has grown fast and even a company like Apple is struggling to find its feet. At Apple’s much-awaited September 9 event, the company unveiled the iPhone 6 (along with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch).

Ron Amadeo, reviews editor at Ars Technica, rushed to point out on Twitter that the new iPhone 6 is actually a competitor to the LG-Google Nexus 4 from 2012. The image the reviewer posted on the microblogging service also highlighted the features still missing from the iPhone in its latest version but available on many competing devices. Is Apple really losing its mojo?

As it can be seen from the picture, when it comes to the device’s specifications, it appears hat the almost-two-year-old Google’s device is just as good if not better than Apple’s latest flagship. Both smartphones feature 4.7-inch screens, NFC payments, widgets, 3rd party keyboards, and cross-app communication have been around on Google’s side for quite some time and are only just now making it to Apple’s devices.

“That said, there are of course plenty of things that the latest iPhone sports that the Nexus 4 couldn’t even dream of. There’s Touch ID, which is still probably the best-executed fingerprint recognition in a smartphone, an extremely thin and sturdy build and a curved-edge hardened glass screen, and its camera is notably in a completely different league. Oh, and the iPhone 6 packs a suite of health features that take advantage of the sensors in Apple’s M8 chip,” writes Steven Hall of 9to5google.

“I think it’s plainly obvious that the iPhone 6 is a far better phone (especially considering how well Apple has executed every aspect of its ecosystem), but it’s still interesting to see the phones compared side by side. At this point, Apple could probably do a little better in terms of straight specs. I mean, the OnePlus One is less than half the price of the iPhone 6 and it has much more theoretical power in terms of processor, RAM, and screen resolution.”

Chris Matyszczyk of Cnet concluded: “Apple is rarely the first with anything. It ponders longer and harder about what it wants to market. It considers details a little more deeply. And it has a ready-made audience of the relatively monied that buys into its essential ethos, not merely into any specific product.”

He went on, adding: “Apple’s loyalists are exceptionally forgiving because they believe that Apple does, indeed, add things to their life. (Including, of course, a chest-puffing sense of self-worth.) So even if the Nexus 4 was ahead of its time, what did it matter? Not too much, it seems.”

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