Another year, another phone announcement. On September 12 Apple unveiled its tenth-anniversary iPhone fittingly named the ‘iPhone X’ and showed off what it calls the “future of phones” featuring a fancy edge-to-edge screen and futuristic augmented reality cameras.
But this phone might be the last smartphone to matter at all. That it marks the beginning of the end of phones as we know it, and we’re at the precipice of them just becoming tools.
The big trend a few years ago was high-end fingerprint unlocking (started by Touch ID), followed by focusing on-camera performance, and now, cramming as much screen onto the front of the device as possible. Bezel-less phones are here, and they’re a thing.
The new iPhone is a whopping $999, that’s the future we want? If you could ditch your phone entirely and wear a cellular Apple Watch, then carry an iPad Pro for work, would you even need a phone?
Besides the lack of a small, powerful camera in your pocket. It’s likely that cameras as an accessory — like Snap’s Spectacles — will solve that problem, along with real AR glasses, in the near future.
Using a Watch to stay connected but not having a phone would do wonders for your concentration, too. Such a ridiculous setup could also loosen the grip Instagram, Facebook and others have on our attention span. No more ending up at the bottom of social networks when you planned to just read a message.
The future is a bunch of accessories connected directly to the internet, rather than an internet slab in your pocket. An always-online watch and pair of glasses for on the go, and an iPad for work might be all you need. There’s a chance you still need an iPhone in your pocket as the processing power for these devices, but if we’re able to get super-fast connections at the level that 5G promises, maybe it can just be done entirely in the cloud instead.
The biggest hole in this plan is even the LTE Apple Watch requires an iPhone to work at all, which is a bummer, but mostly related to battery life.
That future doesn’t seem that far off, really.
iPhone X: the beginning of a world without smartphones?
AR stands for Augmented Reality, a term which pretty much sums up what this technology is about: it starts from the real world (‘reality’) and adds an extra digital dimension to this reality (‘augmented’). Meanwhile, we are observing a form of screen fatigue with many people: we are gradually getting tired of looking at our smartphone screens, thus missing out on what’s happening in the world around us. Far too often, we are too immersed in that brightly shining small screen. After all, it is merely a flat 2D interface, and it is predictable that this will eventually bore every single one of us.
That’s exactly why this new AR revolution is so interesting.
The launch of the iPhone X in itself is extremely important. Just like the previous models, this iPhone will reach tens or possibly even hundreds of millions of users. This means an unprecedented potential platform for the AR technology. AR developers are fully aware of this opportunity: even before the launch, they got started with the beta version of ARKit, Apple’s platform for the easy development of AR apps
As phone innovation trails off, the focus of phone makers will rapidly move away from the phone and to other ways to get you connected, hence why Facebook, Magic Leap and many many others are spending billions on glasses as the next platform for computing.
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