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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. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by BeachLivin88 View Post
      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...

      You are the only one that has said anything negative about his article......

      Awesome job WIley, just an awesome job.....
    1. erick2011's Avatar
      erick2011 -
      Handheld computers are the future. Your handheld will sync with monitors,tv's,keyboards, printers,mouse...etc. Handheld super computing will happen. Computer towers will eventually disappear as handheld computing power increases.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I wouldn't say desktops are going anywhere. Businesses and many others still perfer to have them. There still will out pace handhelds. Yes handhelds will become beasts but at the same time desktops will be getting improvements.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I don't think handheld devices will ever really replace desktops. Games, movies, and business things like microsoft word/power point/excel will always be better on a bigger screen. Sometime in the future the processor speed and RAM in a handheld device might be what the desktops have today but I have a hard time thinking they'll ever catch up to a desktop in terms of performance. What I mean is I don't think handhelds will evolve fast enough to catch up with desktops while they're also evolving. Mainly because the people who make handhelds have to figure out how to make everything that goes into a desktop small enough to fit in your hand.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      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
      Just ban this guy, he keeps spamming whatever the latest news article is with random stupid questions.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Only thing the iphone really need is a free porno app and I think I'm good.
    1. Mrducati's Avatar
      Mrducati -
      Quote Originally Posted by BeachLivin88 View Post
      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...
      No need to be a d*ck about it douche. Did u really need to take the time to comment when you could of easily skipped it.

      Idiot


      Btw thank you for the well writin article I enjoyed it
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I remember my first iPhone 2G Firmware 1.0.2 I still having it, Im going to keep it, so I can show it to my grandson, who knows maybe its going to cost on ebay $900.00 as a relic in 20 more years.
    1. plato451's Avatar
      plato451 -
      No, really. The Aleph Class device in Count Zero. An approximation of the entire digital(and perhaps physical) universe smaller than a car battery. No buttons, smooth device, devoid of any noticeable features. The future may well be significant for these handhelds.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BeachLivin88 View Post
      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...
      Always somebody stupid... No matter what he is trying to do he capture your attention anyways, thats why you are writing something here. This is an interesting article, I think you too young that you never see that evolution, go to play with your hotweels son. I see that your first iPhone is your new toy iPhone 4 and you join Modmyi on August 2010.You are starting to see now what an iPhone is, Im pretty sure you were believeing that an iPhone was one walky talkie and your mom bought it for you because you pass your first exam for this academic year with A+ and cheating. I invite you to keep reading here on modmyi so you can learn what is it and the thing you can do with it. If you have some questions about it or if its is too difficult to understand how it works you can contact me or some of us. Welcome to iPhone 101

      Quote Originally Posted by plato451 View Post
      No, really. The Aleph Class device in Count Zero. An approximation of the entire digital(and perhaps physical) universe smaller than a car battery. No buttons, smooth device, devoid of any noticeable features. The future may well be significant for these handhelds.
      Regards plato451 from New Orleans too.

      Quote Originally Posted by SMokemyPole88 View Post
      Only thing the iphone really need is a free porno app and I think I'm good.
      Google is your friend
    1. ihaterich's Avatar
      ihaterich -
      Same for me (although I never even had a phone with internet access before the iphone). Iphone 4 looks nice, but since I already got a 3GS, I can't justify purchasing it. Having a better camera, and with flash would be an advantage, but it's not worth $1000. I doubt I would ever use facetime, and I don't need HD video on my phone. Will prolly wait till my contract is up, then maybe upgrade to Iphone 5.
    1. OleBayCrab's Avatar
      OleBayCrab -
      One word. "SkyNet"...
    1. Sherm23's Avatar
      Sherm23 -
      kudos to read some writing thats not just gossip or straight facts. I like the gossip and the informational articles but this brings a new deminsion to MMI. Dont let all the praise go to your head though. Good job to all of MMI we readers aplaude your efforts to keep the iPhone community in the know.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kaid View Post
      Great article and quite thought provoking.

      I must admit the central hub is an idea worth building on, I can see it replacing, cash and credit cards and also help you gain access to cars, buildings etc

      Thanks
      There is a rental car company that rents you a car online, you walk on to the rental lot, and unlock the car you rented with your iPhone. The keys are inside I want to wave my phone in front of a business building and have it tell me what kind od sales are going on. I disagree with the iPhone being the first true smart phone. It got the touch interface right from the start. Without that it would have failed like many others. There are actually better phones on the market now, but the AppStore and jailbreaking keep me with the iPhone.
    1. Snootch's Avatar
      Snootch -
      I feel the "smartphone" will be a multi-communications device in the future (regardless of the manufacturer, Apple, Microsoft, etc) I'm sure everyone here has seen Star Wars or Star Trek. Within both of those universes, they both use "personal communications devices" of some sort. I believe (within 20 years) that what we call a "smartphone" now will evolve into a personal device that we can just dock into a "dumb dock" (meaning keyboard & display) or another computer (read: desktop or workstation) and access & share all the data you have on your device with others and the 'Net. However. the main opposition to all of this is all of the hardware vendors agreeing on a standard configuration, or port schema to use. Once everyone can agree on a standard, things will run much more smoothly.

      Side note: On all of the "Star Wars" movies, did R2D2 ever have any problem interfacing with any hardware port he encountered? No, because they were all the same. The "Star Wars" universe used all standard hardware data ports. This is the main obstacle to the elevation of simple personal "smartphones" to be considered "personal comm devices" IMHO.
    1. olivo42's Avatar
      olivo42 -
      Hey Guys I need some help.

      I tried to make a call but, as soon as I started dialing the 8 number it keeps pressed and got me out.
      I tried many times without any good result. Please help me out
      I dont want to restore my phone again, it's very annoying

      my device: 3GS 16GB
      iOS: 4.O

      I need help !!
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by olivo42 View Post
      Hey Guys I need some help.

      I tried to make a call but, as soon as I started dialing the 8 number it keeps pressed and got me out.
      I tried many times without any good result. Please help me out
      I dont want to restore my phone again, it's very annoying

      my device: 3GS 16GB
      iOS: 4.O

      I need help !!
      What are with these idiots? Is this a new form of spam or something? THIS IS NOT YOUR SUPPORT FORUM. GTFO.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      The next phones will be call super smart phones.
    1. realtimedeath's Avatar
      realtimedeath -
      I was gonna pay our new writer a compliment on his mastery and good practices of literary skill. Lol. But as I was late to read the article, the point has been made. I Will say that it's only his 5th post and not taking any credit from any of the other writers, but his writing is a diffeprent caliber than theirs. We all know the evolution of these devices. Wiley really just ties it together nicely , much like this rug really ties the room together..........does it not.
    1. spydercavern's Avatar
      spydercavern -
      Great article. Of course one thing that really bugs me right now is the battery life. As it is I can browse net in my iPhone for about four hours, wonder what will happen if I start projecting as well. I just hope there will be sone revolution in the battery technology!