Where will the iPhone be in 10 years?

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  1. bp1000, Nov 1, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011

    bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    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.
  2. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    The iPhone

    I has now gone as far as it can Dull core CPU. In ten years tech will move on...I envisage the Cloud being a huge contender, smaller capacity phones with principle cloud use.

    Just a guess.
  4. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    If this worrying trend continues at it's current pace, within the decade we will be here:


    Seriously... I expect the next iPhone will have a larger screen, at the same high quality resolution. Perhaps a sort of Air profile? Who knows; The device itself won't get much bigger, if at all, because that spot is filled nicely by the iPad. We may find new ways of using Voice Control, perhaps somehow connected with the mythical Apple TV everyone's talking about. The way it's going, we could very possibly have an entirely voice-controlled home within a few years.

    The thing for me is simply being surprised when it happens, whatever it is. Apple has either invented or heavily innovated many different tech genres, unexpectedly for almost all of them. Whatever they do next will be a surprise.
  5. Kentochan macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    Virginia, USA
    I would like to see an iPhone with a battery that "never runs out". Something like a super long battery life + built in solar panel to charge the battery when necessary.
  6. willyfromphilly macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    built in solar would be pretty sweet. a better version of siri would be great too. it makes me wonder how much further a phone can go. is it reaching its peak, or or we nowhere near it yet. kinda fun to think about.
  7. MasterBSOD macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2010
    Berks, PA
    your kids will have been drafted to fight in the war with Iran, North Korea and whatever country the Right wants to fight.
    Your iPhone will be the least of your worries.
  8. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
  9. Will69 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    The worry of a draft is zero. At least with new iPhones there's something to think about. If you're gonna take stabs at the Right, be more creative.
  10. Will69 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    I think the iPhone hasn't reached its peak yet. The sweet spot is still ahead. No other company is better prepared at delivering on things that require integration.

    Siri is a big deal. It will grow and get better. It will invade every device in your home and that's a good thing. It will have competitors (google?) and apple will dominate competitors or years.

    Once innovation starts to give way to electronic performance and cost efficiencies, Apple will lose share.
  11. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    In 10-20 years we will have wifi/processor chips inserted under the skin behind our ears. :D
  12. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    Based purely on the level of some posters at MR, I'd respectively suggest that it may be more inserted rather than implanted at the other end of the spectrum. That way it'd circumvent the need of speech and be closer to the source of some Community Discussion / PRSI intelligence.
    *with a strong dose of sarcasm*
  13. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Well, I was gonna say at some point the iPhone might morph into something like Dick Tracy's two-way wristwatch TV-radio.

    But you could be right. It could end up more like the 1970s series Search.
  14. Illuminated macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2008
    ....and that's why you don't work for Apple.

    Not enough creative thinking! Jony Ive has all the ideas.
  15. Bernard SG, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011

    Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    Form factor will evolve only marginally. The device will just be thinner (like iPod touch 4 or slightly thinner).
    There will be no physical connectivity (except for headphones, maybe). Charging will be solar or by induction.
    More importantly, the iPhone will be able to be your ONLY computing device: the power of of a Mac Pro in a pocketable smartphone. You will just hook it up wirelessly to ad hoc displays and other peripherals. Siri will be super-smart.
  16. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Please continue.
  17. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    This, I'm afraid. As scary as it may sound.

    Of course it will only allow you to speak positively of Apple without any form of criticism or you'll get electro shocks. LTD has a prototype already. :D
  18. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    iPhone air. You swipe the air and there's your iPhone!

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