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.
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