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Samsung held its Unpacked 2015 media event this morning, a few weeks earlier than usual as the firm looks to steal Apple’s thunder. Predictably, they unveiled two new devices: an even larger-screened Galaxy S6 with a curved screen, officially called Galaxy S6 edge+, and a fifth-generation Note phablet marketed as the Galaxy Note5.

Both devices run Android 5.1.

In addition, the South Korean conglomerate said Samsung Pay, its own mobile payment service, will go head-to-head with Apple Pay this September.

“At Samsung, we believed in the promise that large screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.

“With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we’re reemphasizing our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”

Galaxy S6 edge+

The Galaxy S6 edge+ takes Samsung’s 5.7-inch 518ppi 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution dual-edge Quad HD Super AMOLED display and makes it a little bit bigger, now measuring 5.7 inches diagonally.

The device runs a 64-bit Octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB of RAM. In addition, both the front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras now offer Digital Image Stabilization, in addition to Optical Image Stabilization on the rear camera, to stabilize shaky footage.

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Form factor-wise, the new phone has a 6.9mm profile and is is about 12mm longer and 5mm wider than the Galaxy S6 Edge. A new ‘Apps edge’ feature provides easy access to supported apps. An enhanced ‘People edge’ feature lets you quickly find contacts to send message to or give a call directly from the edge screen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-p-zkydLQ

Other Galaxy edge+ features include a massive 3,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and built-in 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. Like its predecessor, the edge+ lacks expandable memory card slots and has a sealed battery.

Oh, and they’re now offering a weird keyboard cover for the S6 edge+ which obviously adds a flair of BlackBerry to your tactile typing experience.

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Galaxy Note5

The fifth-generation Note phablet offers “the ultimate productivity” in a redesigned package. The device has glass and metal curves on the back and the slimmer bezels than its processor.

On the hardware side, the Note5 has a sharp 5.7-inch 518ppi 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution Quad HD Super AMOLED display and runs Samsung-designed 64-bit Octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB of RAM. The back-facing camera includes features like Video Collage, 4K video capture and Live Broadcast to share your memories easily.

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An improved fifth-generation S Pen includes enhancements like a more intuitive and practical Air Command, Scroll Capture which lets you capture lengthy web articles or long images into a single image, and add annotations on it and more.

Interestingly, you can now jot down notes with the S Pen even when the Note’s screen is completely turned off. And “a unique clicking mechanism offers a joyful experience of popping the S Pen out with just one quick click,“ as per Samsung.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CppgLnNM1PE

Samsung is also touting a much faster charging experience with the fast charging Travel Adapter, Wireless Charger or Battery Pack. Like the edge+, the Note5 has a 5MP camera out the front, a 16MP shooter out the back, a 3,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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And in a move that’s bound to draw ire from Note fans, the battery is sealed and there are no SD memory card slots as the device is offered in 32 and 64GB tiers. They’re not offering a larger 128GB option either. Oh, and waterproofing is also gone.

Samsung Pay

As mentioned before, Samsung Pay is launching next month to take on Apple Pay.

Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay uses tokenization which replaces customer data and credit card numbers with one-time payment tokens that get verified on a bank’s end. Just like Apple Pay uses TouchID as Secure Enclave to authenticate transactions and protect payment data, respectively, Samsung Pay is protected by Samsung KNOX and fingerprint verification.

Unlike Apple’s mobile payments system, Samsung Pay supports both contactless payments via Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology and standard Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), combining best of both worlds and supporting existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

“Simple and safe, Samsung Pay works virtually anywhere you can swipe your card,” said the firm. They’re partnering with card networks, issuers and acquirer and the list of partners “will only grow.” In addition, Samsung Pay will be the first to support contactless payment for store-branded credit cards, said the firm.

The company “anticipates” working with American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Chase, U.S. Bank, First Data, Synchrony Financial, TSYS, Samsung Card, Shinhan Card, KB Kookmin Card, Hyundai Card, Lotte Card, NH Nonghyup Card, BC Card, Hana Card, Woori Card and Citi Card.

It should be noted that Apple Pay is not an exclusive mobile payment service as the system relies on NFC-enable contactless payment terminals that support other NFC services like Android Pay. Also, Apple does not require participating merchants and banks to support Apple Pay exclusively at the expense of other mobile payment solution.

Availability

Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5 are launching globally on August 21, though availability may vary by markets and mobile carriers. Both devices are available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

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Samsung Pay is launching in Korea on August 20 and in the United States on September 28. Following the U.S. launch, Samsung Pay will hit United Kingdom, Spain and China next. A software update to add Apple Pay compatibility to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices in the U.S. and Korea will be rolling out later this month.

In addition, select U.S. users of the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5 will be able to participate in a beta trial of Samsung Pay from August 25 ahead of the September 28 launch.

What say you?

Do these new devices have what it takes to counter the threat of the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and especially the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, do you think?

Has Samsung done a fine job updating the Note phablet or did you expect more? And how about that edge+? Do chime in with your thoughts down in the comment section.

  • sigh

    Right down to the naming scheme. smh…

    • Your Mother

      2 other companies had plus phones before either apple or Samsung so whats the point your’e trying to make?

  • NeftyCorrea

    samsung is killing there products . I was taking to my samung rep and told him why go with a design that alot of people didnt like to begin with. S6 and S6 edge did not sell well they even lost profit so why make a Note 5 look exactly like the S6. not alots of andriod users are going to like that dont get me wrong i like the design. Im a Apple user so im use to not having exta storage but for other users its a big deal . Samsung should stay with there own design and stop bitting apple . They will make more profit if they kept the extra storage and the removable battery. S6 edge + what a joke !

    • Shinonuke

      Samsung still made money, but not as much they wanted to.

    • Your Mother

      If apple can copy the antenne lines of the HTC M7,M8 & M9 AND move the power button to the side like the Galaxy brand AND round the edges of the device like the Ative why cant Samsung put a headphone jack on the bottom? the only place it could go if you look at the components of the Galaxy S6.

      I took the time to compare the iPhone 6 to the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge. all together there’s more than 2 dozen external differences between them so to say Samsung is biting apple is just ridiculous and IF you’re trying to say that the Note 5 looks like an iPhone then you’re really just being childish.

  • Julio Hernandez

    How they’re doing these videos reminds me a whole lot of how Apple does it with new iPhones.

  • Dan

    Inferior battery (compared to Note 4) and non removeable, no micro sd and no 128 GB option… no thank you.
    Windows phone here I come, this fall.

    • johnio

      lol windows phone. It’s terrible.

      • Dan

        The OS is not, certainly not with windows 10.
        The new phones coming out in fall are actually pretty impressive, so I’m keeping informed.

      • ravinigga

        Why is it terrible because not many apps? Is really good is better than android if you talk stable and good optimization and updates support

  • Micrones

    Here starts the Samsung bashing, instead of discussing the good and bad features of the overall products release including the fact that Samsung pay is better than Apple pay with regards to usability. People will rather focus on the negative and bad stuffs… A pity

    • Cameron

      im pretty sure samsung pay is not better than apple pay.

      • Micrones

        Laughable!!
        You are pretty sure? because the feature comparison does not speak for itself??
        Explain how being able to use Samsung Pay at any terminal that accepts basic credit/debit cards compared to Apple Pay that is only usable on the one that only accepts CONTACTLESS payments……
        You have no idea what you are talking about? do you???

      • Merman123

        I must admit that’s a huge plus for Samsung Pay.

      • Micrones

        It is and it will be nice if People can admit that it is instead of bashing because its from Samsung

      • Yujin

        Hopefully the system is secure. Would really be bad that people get hacked and that this becomes a huge PR issue for Samsung. Only time will tell if it is a worthy competitor or another half baked “me too” option from Samsung.

      • Rowan09

        Have you used Samsung Pay? If your only reason is because Samsung Pay can be used on most credit terminals as the only reason it’s better then ok, but is it more secure? Is it easier to use? Do they track your usage? Besides if it’s more secure (which I or no one knows right now) they do track your usage and it requires more steps to make a purchase than Apple pay which is more convenient.

      • Micrones

        Again, everyone took Apple’s word on security and privacy, i think Samsung deserves the same trust as well. they maintained that they do not, Go to Samsung website to confirm their privacy and security statement.
        We shall see on usability and convenience once it rolls out

      • Rowan09

        Not true at all. When Apple came out with Apple Pay its was tested over and over again by different tech companies and it was proven as secure. I never said Samsung Pay wasn’t secure I said I don’t know and neither does anyone else since it was excessively tested yet. CNET did a review on Samsung Pay and they said you had to do a couple of steps to make a payment and not sure if it can be used with the phone locked. Apple Pay on the other hand, as you know can be used by just being near the NFC reader and then using your fingerprint. Nevertheless I hope Samsung Pay works out for Samsung because they’ve been making some stupid moves in my opinion for the past 3-4 years and it’s catching up with them.

    • Martynet

      there is no good

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Watch em fail so hard on this one!

  • Jason Baroni

    Besides the name, Samsung also copied Apple on not adapting this phone’s software to take advantage of this larger screen.

    Edited: I mean about the S6 Edge+

    • Micrones

      How about the things they didn’t copy Apple on? Why focus only on the negatives? simply because its Samsung?

      • Jason Baroni

        I don’t hate Samsung, coold down, bro. I just think they are innovative enough to bring new simple things like a… a freaking name to a device.

        I am not the Apple Fan that goes messing around saying they invented everything, because they didn’t really, besides their UIs. I trust Samsung’s potential and I just pointed the name and the lack of software on the S6+ just because they had the potential to do it better.

        Notice on my sarcastic analysis that I also blame Apple because of the lack of software on the iPhone 6 Plus.

      • Micrones

        I am cool, i am device agnostic and use an IPhone and Nexus 6, and i missed your point but got it now, so apologies.
        Just a shame that most commentators are never objective but will focus on the negatives, Anything from Samsung is never good enough, considering the fact that iPhone has its merits and demerits.

      • leart

        are you trying to say that all those years of fake innovation, you don’t didn’t noticed that they are copying apple almost in everything? really?

      • Micrones

        They both copy and still copying each other consistently

      • leart

        tell me one thing that Samsung didn’t copied, something that resisted in time, what? Siri ? AppStore? passbook ? fingerprint scaner? 3GS-gs3, 4s-s4? 5s-s5, 6+edge+, gold color-gold color, 64bit system-promised, no radio-no radio, no memory slot- no memory slot, they even removed the water resist since iphone don’t have it..
        look at the shape of Samsung today, is a mirror of iphone 6, what are you talking about, they are just waiting every year to see what apple invents to push in the market a mirror of that product.
        they are just making money selling a totally iphone inspired product.. nothing more, I’m sticking with the original, you enjoy the chinese copy

      • Micrones

        Your argument is not objective and lacks basis.

        Apple copied Samsung as well in several respect starting with introducing a bigger Iphone, introduction and improvement of extensions and notifications in iOS8, which IOS never had, including several key features in IOS 9 that has been on Android/Samsung for years (multitasking/split screen/low power mode etc)
        The point is they all copy each other, the degree just differs. So deal with it

      • leart

        huh, subjective, they cheated on benchmark, stolen everything from apple, payed people to badmouth competition, payed celebrities to use samsung practically the most squalid corporate ever how can I trust them, they stolen from apple, they will have no problem to stole every my personal data, since they have no etiquette.
        and the last thing, if you use samsung you have Stagefright like bonus.
        so deal with stagefright, and enjoy it

      • Mike

        You said “tell me one thing that Samsung didn’t copied, something that resisted in time, what?”

        Apple copied the following:
        -Changeable keyboards
        -pull down notification bar
        -quick toggles
        -Apple pay
        -Spotlight
        -Low power mode
        -News app
        -Keyboard shortcuts and there’s more…

        Once Apple gets one of the following:
        -2k screen
        -wireless charging
        -True multi-tasking
        -Apple pay that works with all mag-strips
        -Something like the S pen
        -More ram because samsung had it before
        -4k recording
        -16mp or 5mp camera because other phones had it first and bunch of other stuff

        Don’t say that apple didn’t copy those things.

        Stagefright? You can send one text to an iPhone user and shut off there phone forgot about that?

      • ravinigga

        First you forgot jailbreak.
        All from there

      • Mike

        @ravinigga:disqus believe it or not most of the jailbreak tweak ideas on cydia came from android.

      • @sexyhamthing

        Please provide an example, because thats hocus

      • leart

        please don’t be ridiculous, they throw the mask down with the s6 and now the s6+
        they can’t even find a name that is not related with apple, I would be ashamed to go around with that copy..

      • Mike

        But everything I’ve stated is true.

      • Shinonuke

        Let’s not mention that Samsung scouts and hires Apple employees. Example is the way they set up their sale booth in best buys. What Samsung needs to do is figure out on their own like HTC and LG. However, all these self innovation doesn’t matter as long as they keep making profits with their current business model.

      • Mike

        Are you talking about Tesla? because they do that…

      • Shinonuke

        Please stay on topic. Try and search who Samsung hired for their booth/store design.

      • N&LH

        Well, Samsung was not the first to bring large screen to the market. By the way, large screen is not innovation 🙂

        In regards software features, yep. Android does the same. But what leart said is correct. In many cases the wait for Apple to see what are they going to do

      • iDude

        but still. that doesn’t take away the fact that samsung is on a desperate move

      • Micrones

        Desperation and competition works hand in hand and that is good for consumers. Apple pay is a good product but Samsung pay is even better even though they copied Apple.
        Everyone is desperate, the level just differs

      • Jason Baroni

        No need to apologize, man. We are good 🙂 Apple and Samsung are alike on reinvent things. Apple goes for getting things easier and better, and Samsung stands for trying new things. You can’t both make something better or try something new without looking at what others are doing. I think Sammy was bold enough to introduce phablets to the world from the beginning, and I quite like the Galaxy Edge’s design. I think the S6 phones are really sleek. I own an iPhone 6 Plus right now.

      • N&LH

        ‘innovative enough ‘…really? ah ok. So 2015 and showing physical keyboard for one of their flagship. It looks like Samsung is going backwards

      • Jason Baroni

        They are innovative, yes. Every company has their screw ups, and Samsung is still confused on their fire to hit Apple in every angle. Innovative doesn’t mean they are the one and only, note that I point about their potential to innovate. For example, quick notes when the screen is off is something innovative.

      • N&LH

        They will never succeed, as long as their main goal to beat Apple. If they want to beat Apple then they should focus on their products. Same, they made of Apple watch and now their new smart watch looks similar to Apple watch friends screen. Trying to use physical keyboard to hit Apple, well this is not a smart move. Samsung spends a lot of time making fun of others.

      • Jason Baroni

        And I can’t agree more with you. You’ve got the point, but we must know to differentiate potential and fact. The fact that they are messing around doesn’t mean they are being what they can be, innovative. They have this potential, not they are using it for every single product or spin off they make.

  • Toukale

    I can’t believe Samsung crippled the Note line like that. I did not think it was an issue with the changes they made to the GS6 since they had the Note line. Now that they went ahead and butchered the Note line like this, I am lost for words. Why? The Note line had a purposed, with those changes, they went ahead and took them away.

  • Franklin Richards

    Without Apple to copy Samsung doesn’t know what to do… Well they did take the plus idea.

  • Martynet

    zzzzzzzzzzz

  • Benedict

    Best feature of the Note is taking instant notes without unlocking the screen!

    • Micrones

      Also do not forget the fact that Samsung Pay is better than Apple Pay in usability too

      • Benedict

        Also cool… but I’m curious what other features Android Pay will bring.. like sending money from one phone to the other (by tapping?)

      • Micrones

        Yes, there are so many ideas out there these days
        The point now is that every OEM is getting better at introducing better and useful features, soon enough key features wont be exclusive to any particular platform or OEM.

      • Disasterpiece

        it won’t really matter that it’s “better in usability” if they don’t have their “anticipated” partners actually signed up. And you keep spouting “Samsung Pay is better” as if it’s the only redeeming quality about these two great phones. Very daft.

      • Micrones

        Actually your response smacks of ignorance and stupidity.
        There are a few more features with the note 5 which were highlighted, i think you need to go back and do further reading(Better S Pen, Better multitasking etc)

        Apple pay launched with almost the same number of partners, so your statement smacks of incomprehension of the topic at hand, they have the 3 key partners(VISA, AMEX AND MASTERCARD) on board and the rest will follow just like they did with Apple Pay.

        Usability is the key defining feature here, i use my Apple Pay only at stores that accepts contactless payments, Samsung Pay is usable at any terminal that accepts normal cards once it is launched.

        Signing partners on will take time, just as it took Apple Pay awhile.
        Speak from a position of knowledge and understanding next time you call someone’s opinion daft.

  • Shingo

    ready to get bankrupt i TOLD them to sell it for no more than $500 BUT!

    • Benedict

      Compared to competitors and with those specs and features, it should cost $1900. 😉

  • leart

    they officially are like iPhone Dubai (well known iPhone copy for the third world) just they are selling in more higher price

    • Mike

      Read the specs… The things put into other phones cost a lot more and they sell it at a good price.

      They sell the iPhone at $1000 without contract and it doesn’t have nothing in it.

  • iDude

    no voice-over? that’s a fail start right there 😀

    and 120mins of full charging? my ip6+ charges from 0-full in less than an hour.

    • mrgerbik

      The battery is much bigger ………..

      • anustart

        By 85 mAh….?

    • Mike

      its goes 0-60% in 30mins

    • @sexyhamthing

      my ip6+ charges from 0-full in less than an hour.

      You need your battery checked, because that really is not physically possible, like you just CANT do that with a lightning connector the shenanigans in between and the battery.

  • Mike Anthony

    I seen both these phones the end of July when our Samsung Rep brought them in to show us. So from personally holding both of the phones I really liked the note 5. The curved glass in the back makes it feel more comparable to hold for sure. I love my iPhone 6 plus but I think I’m gonna try out the note 5 until the new iPhone release.

  • Guy

    The phones actually look really good and promising. Just my opinion.

  • They always try to beat Apple at everything. Design, release date, and more; yet, they’re always on the short end of the revenue comparison between them and Apple.

    Long live iPhone!

    • @sexyhamthing

      Release date is simple competitiveness.

  • Yujin

    I’m sure most of the people will just wait as they have done historically for what apple has to offer. Only a few more weeks until apple unveils the next iPhone and highly doubt they will make a dent in Apple’s sales.

    Now we just have to play the wait game and see what Cupertino has for us.

  • Jason Dieter

    The mag strip will be an outdated payment method beginning October 1. EMV (chip and pin) will be the new standard. It’ll be irrelevant in less than 2 months.

    • Micrones

      Seems you have no idea how EMV works…..
      Magnetic strip is still relevant, your card has to swiped first before you input your pin for second layer of security and verification
      your card will still carry the strip and still has to be swiped whenever you make a purchase even with the introduction of EMV

      • Jason Dieter

        Actually I know exactly how it works buddy. I work for the bank that collaborated with apple directly to launch apple pay. EMV doesn’t use your strip. It tokenize and encrypts the transaction with the chip. Yes your card with still have a strip (for now) but with EMV it isn’t used.

      • Micrones

        No Sir
        Your card will still have to be swiped before pin is inputted

      • Jason Dieter

        No, it won’t. Keep telling yourself that. As I said, I work for the bank. Specifically, merchant services. My job is to sell point of sale equipment. Really not about to go back and forth with you and have you tell me what the equipment does or doesnt do when I do it for a living. Seems you have an opinion about what everyone has to say on this topic. That’s ok, but every now and then, you may be wrong. 🙂

  • Rowan09

    I’ve said it for years now, Samsung is competing with themselves. Why do you make the Note series just for a stylus? The specs are identical and now the screen size which was the differentiating factor is now the same. They need to trim down their line and focus on less devices a year. I would hate to be the guy/girl who purchased a S6 Edge 1 month ago to find out a S6 Edge + is coming out soon.

    • Benedict

      True but there are also lots of people who just waited for this size or need the S Pen. I rather would/would have been very unpleasent with the iPhone series which is/was fairly identical for years.

  • Rafael Castillo

    Should have named Samsung Pay simply $amsung.

    • anustart

      Dollar Amsung?

  • Dante Arellano

    Hell yea so amazing you will see long lines waiting for it Wait where do they make lines i havent seen people gives a fuckk for this divices

  • p1noyako

    I don’t care about Samsung smartphone products, I will stick with Apple. lol

  • Steven Honey

    No option for the folks who don’t like or can’t carry huge phones? While at work, i like carrying my phone in my shirt pocket because thats where its least likely to get damaged. The iPhone 6 pushes that pocket to the limit. thankfully apple realizes that these huge phones are impractical for many and make a smaller option.

  • Cesar D

    a stylus.. meh

  • Vote4Pedro

    When i purchase a phone i look for resale value and demand, great customer service is a most so i am sticking with my Jailbroken iPhone.

    • alwayson

      The only way to get what you want from an iphone is to jailbreak.
      If the Iphone is so great (I currently use one now) then why do you need to jailbreak it?
      I’m personally tired of that whole cat and mouse game.
      iphone is smooth and works great. But I want to customize MY phone.
      So, I’m going to android. So I can USE MY phone how I WANT.

      BTW apple pay was hacked in the first week.

      • Vote4Pedro

        The only reason I jailbreak my iPhone I because I like custom fonts that is all, on android you also have to root your phone in order to get custom fonts, I know they have free ones on the play store that don’t require root but they suck, also the battery life sucks on ANY android except Sony phones. So long story short if you want to customize your android like you want you have to root it, same thing as jailbreak

      • @sexyhamthing

        “on android you also have to root your phone in order to get custom fonts, I know they have free ones on the play store that don’t require root but they suck,”

        You have absolutely no idea what root is, how it works or what it does.

    • @sexyhamthing

      Samsung sells jailbroken iphones though.

      Cough design copy and software that isnt locked down garbage.

  • coLin

    typo: “A software update to add Apple Pay compatibility to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge ” should be Samsung Pay

  • singhay559

    The beginning of the fall. Killed it with no memory expansion and removable battery.

  • ravinigga

    In my country the netherlands hate this.
    The note 5 is not coming to Europe and a lot of people hate this and most them are Samsung owners.
    Now they are switching other brand or move to iPhone.

    I can say Samsung did a bad move with.
    Also they say the edge is useless feature

  • Apple

    I enjoy my jailbroken 6 plus with all the awesome tweaks, buttery smooth UI and touch responsiveness. I also enjoy my S6 with QHD display, custom ROM, kernel with ability to undervolt and mess around with CPU. Android is getting better. I simply love iOS and Android.

  • GustaMusta

    When i heared about S6 Edge +, i was like

  • Your Mother

    I will give this site credit where credit is due. you guys are NOT afraid to talk about Samsung products like most apple fan sites are–and why should you be.

    one day all the sheep will realize that competing products is good for them. the Galaxy S3 was so criticized when it came out in 2012, fast forward to 2015 and you have an iPhone 6 with near identical features.

    were it not for the pressure Samsung put on apple you’d probably still have a 4″ screen on a device that looks just like the 4/4S/5/5S

    instead of mocking and being jealous, embrace the competition and see if apple ups its game or risk getting left behind again.