iPhones of the Future
The smartphone revolution is in full bloom; these gadgets are officially a part of our daily lives, and we won’t have it any other way. To think that is hasn’t even been a decade since the original iPhone started it all!
After five revisions (and counting) of the world’s foremost smartphone, we’ve seen many new features and technological advancements getting implemented. Looking at the iPhone 5 side by side with the original model, you cannot help but think how far they’ve come. For a little perspective, here’s a video showing a simultaneous speed test featuring most of the iPhones released so far.
Unsurprisingly, there is also heavy speculation going on what the upcoming iPhone 6 will be like… but here we’re looking beyond that and into the horizon. Rather than focusing only on the next model, this article compiles features that will likely make it to the iPhone line of products in the span of another decade. So read through and get acquainted with all the up-and-coming novelties that will be part of your future iPhone.
NFC stands for Near Field Communication, and it’s a technology that allows automatic, secure and wireless communication between devices at close range. This allows for a practical way to share files between phones, but it will also open the doors to a new range of ingenious uses that will range from payment processing to using the phone to open your car and even starting the engine.
As soon as the iPhone incorporates NFC technology, a logical next step will be the creation of an iWallet service that allows using your phone to make secure payments on the spot. When this time comes, it should become common practice to pay for everyday products with a swipe of the iPhone – no cards needed.
As the rumor mill goes, this innovation may very well make it to the upcoming iPhone 6. Not only does Sapphire glass offer more precise and responsive input; it is much sturdier than any other type of glass currently used in mobile devices, and it will be almost impossible to break or even scratch.
It has been suggested that another benefit of Sapphire glass might be allowing the inclusion of miniaturized additional components in the glass itself; anything from finger print readers to solar charging cells. While for the time being the idea is to boost the battery autonomy a little bit, this could be a first step to a self-sufficient iPhone that will draw its energy from the sun.
Meet the evolution of touch input. Haptic feedback should surface soon as a way to improve tactile feedback in touchscreen devices; it uses a weak electric current to simulate dozens of textures and tactile sensations. This will pave the way for improved touch-typing, since you will be able to actually feel your fingers running through the touchscreen keyboard, even though the surface glass will remain as smooth as ever.
At this point in time, Siri is a quirky, fun and reasonably useful app… but sometimes it feels more like a gimmick than a proper utility. Give it time though… eventually Siri should become an extremely competent virtual assistant with full access to all of the functions in your iPhone and an attentive conversationalist.
The transition to wireless charging of mobile devices has already started, and it should soon become the norm. It won’t be long before charging cables become obsolete, and you will get power into your devices simply by placing them on a designated surface that serves as a universal charger.
The current generation of batteries used in mobile devices is on the verge of becoming obsolete, even though there are tricks that may be used to get a little more running time. (cue article on Fixing iPhone Battery Life). At this point there is extensive investigation taking place to develop vastly improved batteries based in nanotechnology, which may hold dozens time more energy while reducing the form factor.
The first smartphones featuring curved displays have already started cropping up on the market, but those are barely a novelty item compared to what will come ahead. Within the next decade we should witness the advent rollable and stretchable displays, allowing for improved form factors: devices with a smaller size that feature an extendable screen with a bigger than ever working area.
When we get smartphone batteries that hold a substantial charge (compared to current standards), it will open the door for many new components to be added to the smartphones of the future. A possible addiction could be built-in projectors, which would be really handy for business presentations or just to get a bigger alternative screen.
We believe that in a decade or so smartphones will be so powerful and widespread that many users will dispense the need for additional computing devices. In this case, it won’t be surprising the if iPhone eventually evolves into a kind of computer terminal that’s designed to be used in tandem with expansion terminals featuring additional functionalities of peripherals meant for extended use.
Did we miss anything? Are there any other up-and-coming technologies you’re hoping to see in the next iterations of the iPhone? Write in your comments below!