Right now the iPhone is at the sweet spot of design, software and innovation. The first few devices were revolutionary in all respects. Now the complete package has matured, Apple listened and advanced the software. The iPhone 5 is going to be massive. We can speculate on the hardware, but whatever it has, it will be another advancement in phone capability. But that got me thinking, is there a finite lifespan to the iPhones glory. To clarify, can apple continue to release a new iPhone every year and keep the hysteria ignited with each release. There is only so many ways you can design a beautiful and functional phone without going radical. Apple have already achieved great design. So what will each year bring, tapered edges, different case materials, rear touch screen, built in projectors, payment technology. The question is open ended, ie nobody knows the answers but I believe there needs to be new and radical innovation because yearly spec upgrades and minor changes in design won't create the hysteria like the current iPhone makes. And it creates hysteria because it is revolutionary, phone, SMS, email, Internet, music all working together on a desirable device. Soon that won't be revolutionary. So what weird and wonderful things would you like your phone to do in the coming years or should a phone always stay a pure communications device. I wonder what is next.