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  • What is the iPhone Evolving Into?


    In the early days before smartphones, using a cell phone was a relatively basic thing to do. You made calls and talked to people. If you really wanted to get the most out of your phone, you might have even programmed the address book. This used to be a tedious and lengthy process, and the idea of syncing this information with your PC was but a pipe dream.

    Enter the smartphone: more than a phone, less than a computer, but something in between. Full of potential, these new phones gave us a glimpse of what the future might hold. It wasn’t really until the iPhone came out that the smartphone evolved into something more than the sum of its parts. Syncing your contacts and personal information became seamless and easy. No longer were we bound by finicky user interfaces, now we could just go to our computers and upload our contact info in one easy step. And that was just the beginning.

    The word smartphone now describes Blackberrys, Android-based phones, iPhones, Windows Phones and more. Competition is a good thing that leads every manufacturer to push the boundaries of technology. So where does the iPhone go from here? How will it evolve and continue to change the way we get our information?

    Will we see smartphones start to replace the traditional desktop computer? Why sit behind a desk if you can be just as productive down the street at the local coffee shop?

    The technology in these phones is already an impressive feat of engineering, but there is still more technology waiting to be assimilated into them.

    Apple patents show they are looking into all sorts of biometric interfaces to detect who is using an iPhone at any given time. Imagine a time when your iPhone recognizes you by touch, and when you hand it to a friend it recognizes him as well. Your iPhone will talk to other devices around it gathering information as you walk into a room. Want to watch TV? Just activate the Pico projector and point your phone at a wall to watch your favorite show.

    Matt Ployhar of Intel writes:
    “Given that the capabilities of Smart/iPhones are currently accelerating at a Moore’s law pace or faster; where do they go next? My prediction is that they likely won’t replace PCs (Laptops/Desktops) but will end up being a central “Hub-like” device that enhances one’s existing PCs and other Smart Devices.”

    So what will my next iPhone be able to do? Tune in next Wednesday for a peek into the future. I hope I’ll always be able to Jailbreak my iPhone, by the way. Then again, I may not need to, only time will tell. For now I’m just thrilled I can watch Netflix on my iPhone.

    Photo: Kyle Bean

    Source: Computerworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: What is the iPhone Evolving Into? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I think that eventually our smartphones will contain information about our computers at home, like what programs we have installed. Then we will be able to plug the smartphone directly into a 'shell' of a computer, and then access all our programs from the cloud.

      This way, our smartphones will act kind of like a key that unlocks the use of all our programs wherever we go, then saves our info into the cloud.

      Smartphones, being companion pieces of computers, will always be linked technologically. Smartphones wouldn't be as smart as they are without powerful computers to connect to. The whole idea is that we get to bring a small part of our home computers with us wherever we go, so it's not hard to imagine that in the future we'll have more options as to what we can bring, and where and how we can use it.
    1. Bob Bass's Avatar
      Bob Bass -
      Great article Wiley. So nice to read something well written and topical without grammatical errors. You will fit in well here.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      ahhh boy do i remember how cool the zack morris style cell phone was back then!, i went from the original nokia with the green screen and snake!!!, to about 10 razrs to a slvr to a palm pre a few weeks before the 3g release then returned it for that and have had it ever since. i wouldnt call the iphone the 1st smart phone but the amount of everything you can do with it and the numbers of people who create apps and whatnot for it may be a first, in numbers of course.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Well written.

      Smartphones won't replace PCs, but they can use their information much like a PC, however.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Good article new guy! Nice to have some new and fresh perspective.....THANK GOD your first article wasn't

      "New Verizon iPhone Rumors"

      Anyways, it's always fun to think about what the future of tech will bring us. The fact that what we are holding in our hands right now seemed like science fiction 10 years ago is really....cool.

      I'm not going to make any predictions, because my predictions could never do the future of tech and the iPhone justice! I just know it's gonna be awesome and amazing! Yet no matter how amazing.. I'm sure we will all still be waiting for "the next JB release"!!

      Hopefully we won't all die in 2012 so we can be around for the evolution of the iPhone! That's reason enough for me to want to be around!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Our visions of the future now will only change. Visions of this year back in the 80s was way off. So what the future holds will be like it has been as small steps with jumps here and there of new items.

      I am excited what the future holds but I know that we will be paced there in steps not the leaps and bounds as our dreams/visions hope.

      The jumps here and there are the most exicting times of anyone's life during that period. Only to become a memory that pales in comparison later on in life to the next step.
    1. TrivonT's Avatar
      TrivonT -
      Hell yea for the Netflix app!!!!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Our visions of the future now will only change. Visions of this year back in the 80s was way off. So what the future holds will be like it has been as small steps with jumps here and there of new items.

      I am excited what the future holds but I know that we will be paced there in steps not the leaps and bounds as our dreams/visions hope.

      The jumps here and there are the most exicting times of anyone's life during that period. Only to become a memory that pales in comparison later on in life to the next step.
      I'm supposed to be going to work in my flying car by now!!!
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Good article. However, your statement that "it wasn’t really until the iPhone came out that the smartphone evolved into something more than the sum of its parts" is more than a small exaggeration. While I love my iPhone, and I have had all four versions, it would be wrong to imply that the iPhone was the beginning of the smartphone. I happily carried a PocketPC (HP Jornada) and loved it, longing for the day that someone would combine it with a phone, for all of the reasons why we now love the iPhone. My Samsung i700, then the i730 nicely fit that model. But, the sluggishness of the PocketPC (now called Windows Mobile) platform, along with the absurdity of dealing with Verizon's lock-down policy, made jumping to the first iPhone a joy. By the way - for those who can't wait for Verizon to get the iPhone, you may wish you hadn't thought of such a thing. If you think that Apple keeps a tight lock on their phones, just wait until you see how Verizon operates. I can tell you first hand that jailbreaking and using the iPhone is a walk in the park compared to the hacking we used to do with the PocketPC/WM platform on Verizon.
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Quote Originally Posted by -=viper=- View Post
      Cellular suppository...
      The iRectum
      Made my day
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      I'm supposed to be going to work in my flying car by now!!!
      Exactly. Our visions people had in the past are slightly off.

      I mean the internet concept was originally to be just used by the government and educational institutions. But it slowly made it's way into the general public and today's generation and generations from then now think nothing of the internet and how it came to be or what it changed.

      The phone was a high class bulky item a decade or two ago and it is now in the hands of many, including children. Where communication goes from this point is going to be interesting.
    1. JayWins101's Avatar
      JayWins101 -
      Hi this isn't about this post but just wanted to know if you got the answer. I have 3 iPhone 4 2 are jailbroken 3 different accounts for each one this about the iPhone 4 case program on the phone that is not jailbroken it let's me get the free case but on the two phones it says your phone does not quailfy can you tell me my it says that I'm in America I have an AT&T contract for all 3 phones so please help
    1. Mikey J 23's Avatar
      Mikey J 23 -
      Great article! Sparked some good responses.
      I agree with Jahooba to an extent. I believe smart phones, pc/macs, television, etc... are all moving to a convergence of sorts. They will all just serve as portals to access your cloud data. Your seeing it more and more, people want access to their data, movies, music, books, even friends. Not some stuff here and other stuff there, some shared, most not compatible with each other. We are like the fat kid in a candy store, we want it all now! I believe you will see more shared formats and more universal protocols that will allow you to access your own personal hoard. Devices like the "eyephone 4000GGG" will simply be your mobile key to your data vault.
      Oh and of course to use as a flash light...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JayWins101 View Post
      Hi this isn't about this post but just wanted to know if you got the answer. I have 3 iPhone 4 2 are jailbroken 3 different accounts for each one this about the iPhone 4 case program on the phone that is not jailbroken it let's me get the free case but on the two phones it says your phone does not quailfy can you tell me my it says that I'm in America I have an AT&T contract for all 3 phones so please help
      When did you buy them?

      For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010.
      Source: Apple - iPhone 4 - Case Program
    1. BeachLivin88's Avatar
      BeachLivin88 -
      Uuuhhhhh... What was the point of this article? What, exactly, made this news? I have my own imagination and am well aware of the evolution of the mobile phone. If this is bait to get readers' interest for Wednesday's "glimpse into the future," please spare my time and just write the real article. We here at MMI are all about the meat and potatoes. Nice try though...
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Great article !!! The history & future of these devices are very interesting. I remember having a Nokia phone that was heavy like a brick, and texts were $1 a pop. I never imagined sitting a work watch Netflix on my phone, amazing!!!
    1. geoffe's Avatar
      geoffe -


      Remember when this was the most awesome communication device?
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      iPhone Inviso of course!!!
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      It's just a phone.
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      If iOS4 is any indication, iOS 5 will not be evolving at all.