Without knowing any details– including the names– technology prognosticators have declared the next iPhone models to be totally boring and not worthy of consideration. What do all smartphones look like these days?
Flat slabs of encased glass, thin bezels, rounded corners, at least two cameras (front and back), and they all run some version of Android. It’s been that way for years. It will be that way for years to come.
The smartphone revolution is over. How so?
Nothing is worthy of consideration except what fills the void in a technology writer’s imagination of how a smartphone owners life should be.
They’ll be faster and more powerful than their predecessors, but these next-generation iPhone models look exactly like Apple’s previous-generation iPhone
Some imaginary renders have a multi-camera bump on the back but that doesn’t count because most premium smartphones have bumps on the back. Otherwise, from a few feet away, it remains difficult to tell what kind of smartphone a person is using.
Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 11 update will be a big upgrade compared to the current-generation iPhone X on paper, but it won’t be much to look at. In fact, it’s going to be just like Apple’s iPhone 7 series that was launched in 2016.
Somehow or another that’s bad but technology writers pose as analysts but refuse to analyze. Why is the iconic design– flat, rounded corners, big display– from the earliest of iPhones, and representative of all smartphones– bad?
Maybe that’s how they’re going to stay until someone comes up with something better. Right now, flat is where it’s at. Apple, though, improves almost every aspect of each new model iPhone each year.
Remember Touch ID?
When people learned that Apple was ditching Touch ID and replacing it with Face ID on the iPhone X, they panicked. Then when they actually started using Face ID, they discovered that it’s superior in almost every scenario.
Most improvements are iterative innovations, but often Apple drops in what are called revolutionary innovations. Touch ID was revolutionary because it was a fingerprint scanner that actually worked and combined high ease-of-use and convenience and match it to high security. Face ID did the same.
Here’s the problem with how technologists view such iterative and revolutionary advancements. First, they guess what’s coming. Second, they criticize what came. Third, they repeat but move the bar to the next new innovation.
Criticisms are as much imagination as are future iPhone specifications. The 2019 iPhones will be an improvement over last year’s model, but will still be flat screen devices with encased glass, rounded corners, multiple cameras, and iOS inside.
It doesn’t take much to imagine that.