Even thought the iPhone 6s was released less than two months ago, there are already rumors about Apple’s next entry into the mobile phone market. The iPhone 7 figures to be the name of the next iPhone, and along with a slightly upgraded look, Apple plans to make this phone the slimmest smartphone of all time. I am all in favor for making phones more compact, but in order to achieve this slender profile, Apple is rumored to be doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is the universal standard for smartphones and multimedia devices, and while Apple has plans to replace it with their lightning connector, ridding their phones of the standard headphone jack will almost certainly alienate costumers who are looking to try an iPhone. Apple is used to introducing new iterations of old products in an effort to shake up the phone industry, but this change may be a huge mistake. I don’t think Apple will lose customers with a drastic change in the phones facade, but they will definitely annoy many, by turning their expensive headphones into obsolete peripherals of the past. I hope this rumor isn’t true, and as with all rumors it should be taken with a grain of salt, but Apple has shown in the past that they would be willing to make big changes to fit their style. I guess we will all just have to wait until the release of this phone before we start assuming the worst from its potential design.
Today, Apple had their yearly keynote speech, and unlike years past, they decided to load this one up with new additions. Whenever Apple wants to unveil a new product they often have a special event in which they focus on only one new product or iteration of a former product, but this year Apple decided to announce upgrades to two of their most popular products, the iPhone and the iPad, as well as a long overdue update to the Apple TV. As I watched this keynote and saw the new 12.9 inch iPad pro I wondered, “who would ever want an iPad that big?” I never actually looked at an iPad as a device that needs a larger model, but Apple seems to know how to release an item that meets a niche need, without losing its appeal to the larger public. The major news from this keynote was the introduction of Apple’s “new” iPhone. When I first saw the unveiling, it seemed like Apple was just trying to sell a slightly updated iPhone 6 with a new color variation, a strategy Apple seems to use time and time again, but upon watching the event I saw that they added quite a few interesting features. Apple knows that people think they just keep releasing the same device, with a shiny new coat of paint, so they decided to attack that exact notion. The tag line Apple used for today’s iPhone event was “the only thing that’s changed is everything,” a line that harkens to what is commonly said by critics of Apple products, “the only thing that’s changed is…” While I wouldn’t say that everything about the iPhone has changed, I will say the new 3d touch feature and camera features have made this phone seem like more of an upgrade than some of the past versions of the phone. Apple seems to be on a war path to steal complete market share from all of their competitors, and while these new products are definitely more advanced, I think I will be sticking with last year’s models until the next update. The future is definitely looking bright for technology, hopefully these newly announced products by Apple will bring forth greater improvements from all of their competition, and a golden age for technology.
Communication has come a very long way over the past few centuries. What was once considered unimaginable is now the norm, and connections that many dreamed of are now being harnessed in the hands of infants. When Alexander Graham Bell and the other early telecommunication inventors thought up the telephone, they just wanted an effective way of relaying a spoken message, and now their work is part of a massive infrastructure that they would have never fathomed. There was once a time when the most effective way of communicating aside from interpersonal, was via carrier pigeon, and now we are able to easily link with people across the world with video messages. I once worked in the telecommunications industry so I am well aware of how quickly we can go from one huge advancement to another, and communication seems to be getting wider and more advanced than ever at an incredibly fast rate. The best way for me to illustrate the great advancements we have seen in the past few years is through my own experience. My parents have been out of the country for a little while, and thanks to the great advancements in telecommunications worldwide, I have been able to speak with them clearly, and at will. Recent advancements in cellular and digital communications have made talking to somebody who is 5200 miles and an ocean away seem as simple as calling a next door neighbor. We have definitely gone a long way since the first telephone, and there seems to be no stopping the rate of growth communication technology is seeing. At this point in time it would be ridiculous for me to speculate on what the future holds for communication, but with the speed of technological advancements, I would not be surprised to see my wildest dreams outdone by an unbelievable reality in the near future.