What technology will make your grandchildren laugh at the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Raggsokk, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    The iPhone is an incredible feat of engineering today. Remember what we had 10 years ago?

    Now, think about what cool tech your grandfather grew up with. Or even your father. By todays standards, those things are.. well, crap. Huge TV's with bad image quality (not to mention the "no colour" part), and cellphones which basically were suitcases.

    Colour revolutionized the television. And then the lcd screens came, and they became slim. And big (in the way that counts).

    Touch has changed the phones together with big screens on a small platform. Of course, advancements in technology as in processing power have played it's part, but it isn't speed alone that changed.

    When you have grandchildren, 20-40 years from now, how would they view the iPhone? What technology changed the game, and if Moore's law is to be believed, would they even have the patience to watch it boot?

    And yes, I actually do find this interesting.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    A lot of people find it interesting and since technology is always expanding I'm pretty sure they will be laughing at the iPhone lol.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Sad way to view the world.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    The time is takes to download things.

    The amount of storage on the device.

    The lack of features and power.

    The fact there was actually local storage.

    The cost.

    The way it needed to be charged by plugging into the wall.

    The sim card.

    The speed.

    The way it had to be turned of on aircraft.

    Fact in some areas there was no connectivity.

    Siri not being able to have actual conversation (today it just takes responses from a list of pre written ones, not think them up itself).

    Will add more as I think of them.
  5. macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2011
    Palm Springs, CA
    What's so sad about being inquisitive? It's sad that your so negative with someone pondering about the future...
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
  7. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    The kids are not laughing at vinyl. They are even buying turntables! See them with huge retro headphones? They think is cool!
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Yes it is. It's the same as a man who wields a sword laughing at a man who wields a stick, or an older kid who can count to 20 laughs at one who can only counts to 10.

    I don't see the point of laughing at older technology. Our ancestors started with stone table, and now we have iPad's, and what we have today depends on what our ancestors did in the past. Why be ungrateful?
  9. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    You mean you had to wait for youtube to download?
    You mean you had to charge it at night?
    You really dropped a call sometimes?
    What do you mean you couldn't take your phone swimming with you?
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Yeh vinyl is cool because it is used by DJ's=party.

    A PDA or blackberry from 10 years ago is not cool at all.

    Completely different class of product.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    That you had to hold it in your hands.

    That you had to interact with it with your hands.

    That you had to instruct it what to do, as opposed to it just knowing.

    That you had to sign into the web with "passwords."

    That you had to create "usernames."

    That you in real life was different from you on the internet.

    That you had privacy.

    That you even had anything to hide in the first place.

    That you can't be presented with all a person's info when meeting them.

    That you have to drive yourself.

    That your house can't maintain itself.

    That you had to go outside to experience the great outdoors.

    That you're life is threatened when you get cancer.

    That you can't grow new organs and replace them when yours get old.

    That you don't have a chip implanted into your body to be connected to the internet at all times.
  12. macrumors regular


    Mar 11, 2010
    Vinyl isn't just for DJs. It has excellent sound quality, with the proper speakers.


    There's nothing sad about being amazed by technology and how it changes. It's pretty amazing what we have now, especially since I remember how it took hours to download one song, at 1KB/s.
  13. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I certainly hope that technology progresses so that our grandchildren will think of the iPhone as a quaint historic device. Things go also go the other way.
  14. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    I don't know you guys but I will be a cool dad/grandfather :) I will be living in technology and will never lose interest to beat my kids/grandsons in the games all the times and remain cool :D :D

    I have a nice fantasy guys :D
  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    To quote Back to the Future: "You mean you have to use your hands?"

    I don't think its even twenty to fourty years away. 5 seems doable. If Google can get Glass right its going to be all change again....
  16. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Scotty (ST5) saying to the mouse, Computer! :D

    But obviously u kids are enthralled with technology. Is OK. The jury is still out whether these gadgets have made humanity happier.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    Maybe they will have this....


    They "eyePhone"
  19. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Realizing that we're not the most important things in the universe, that we're just one more step on the journey to the end of the universe...is sad? I'd call it humble, maybe modest or introspective. But not sad.

    You really seem to have read this 100% the opposite of how I did.

    When I see "hey, the future will be amazing and we can't even imagine it" I think that looks like someone being very humble, not arrogant as you seem to think. What part of "our life is small and will soon be washed away by time" says "arrogance" to you?

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