Last week the iconic Apple iPhone turned 10. While only on version 7 and 7 Plus, the smartphone started setting a new bar 10 years ago. The question is, what will the 10 year anniversary phone look like when it is revealed later this year and how powerful will it really be?
Steve Jobs may have been the force behind the first iPhone, and many people do not realize it, but the first generation iPhone, and every phone that has followed it spelled the end for the true first smart phone, the RIM Blackberry. In fact, before the iPhone, phones were dumb. Sure, they might have had a camera, caller ID, and limited web functionality, but Apple basically took an iPod, in reality an iPod Touch, but the Touch would come out around the same time as the iPhone, and cram a phone in on top of everything else. Many people, this author included, went through a number of phones trying to find the one that just worked. Switching providers, switching devices, over and over, and then, nirvana. The iPhone. It was near perfect, and this was before the App Store. Who knew that the phone would rival some peoples computers, DSLRs, video cameras, GPS units, and just about everything in between. Steve Jobs did.
While Jobs did not invent the device, according to Seeker, he was the head of Apple, one of the co-founders, and the face of the company when the iPhone was introduced. But do you think that Jobs thought iPhone owners would be able to pay for food at McDonald’s using their iPhone, or check-in for a flight at an airport? He might have. In the late 1990s, prior to the Sprint and Nextel merge, Sprint had a PCS at the end of their name. This was for Personal Communications Service. At one time, Sprint dreamed of Star Trek like communicators that users would wear on their shirts and be able to call anyone world wide, be able to ask for a number and be connected, and get directions without using a traditional phone or map.
While the iPhone did not provide the wearability, it spawned a new age in personal technology, and now with the Watch and other digital wearables for Android and iOS, the world is much closer to that Star Trek communicator Sprint PCS dreamed about. But more important, at the launch 10 years ago, Apple threw the gauntlet down. And it has caused companies to cease operations (RIM), but it has also spawned incredible competition from every remaining phone maker, and created new ones like Google.
As the iPhone turns 10, the world waits to see what this years model will offer. Rumor says it will do away with the home button, making for an even larger screen, and facial recognition. Right now, even the name is not know. The standard naming strategy would be to call the next generation the 7s and 7s Plus, but for a 10th anniversary edition, that would be kind of a let down. Maybe the iPhone 8? Or what about the iPhone X and X Plus? Just a thought for CEO Tim Cook to think about, might be kind of cool to be carrying a 10th Anniversary iPhone X Plus this fall.
What do you CDA faithful think will come from Apple in the next iPhone? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
By Cletus Dillwood
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