iPhones in 20 years

Written by Ivan Jankelic / Sep 08, 2022

The past...

First of all, let's start with what phones were like 20 years ago. For example, the Nokia 3310 model was introduced roughly 20 years ago. At the time, this was a huge world sensation compared to bag-sized phones with its compact size.If you think about how much the mobile phones we use have developed in the 20 years since then, you can see incredible progress. yes. We left the push-button keyboard and now the whole phone is a huge display. 



In terms of general use, they have completely taken over the role of computers, in fact, if you are not working or playing, you absolutely do not turn on the computer. Nowadays, you rarely hear "I'm going to use my computer to check Insta or Facebook".


In addition, the old devices have changed in many other ways, be it the camera, applications, music playback, GPS... so everything. I would like to note here that our used tools have started to merge into one tool!


Where to next?


It is worth considering that if this industry has developed so much in the last 20 years, what can we expect in the next 20 years? Not to mention that the pace of development is constantly accelerating. In many foreign forums and videos, everyone talks about bendable, collapsible, transparent crap, but I don't think this direction will happen.


If we look at Apple, for example, in recent years, they haven't been able to change much about the design of the devices themselves, the input method (that is, how you tell it what to do, in this case with your finger). They put an 82nd camera on the back and the design is updated every 2-3 years, but there hasn't been a significant change like the first generation iPhone for a long time.


Contrary to the performance, which multiplies every year, also in the case of MacBooks. We are starting to go in a direction with the new chips - in this case M1, M1 pro and max, that I think is the most likely that the result of all this is that we will have 1 device that will be equipped with a damn powerful chip and we will use it for all our activities. 



This should be imagined in the way that we will have a piece of very powerful device, our phone, which will not increase in size thanks to nano technology, but will be able to perform, for example, to work on it, it will control our TV, or the entire smart home ecosystem.This also means that there will be no separate laptops, TVs, tablets, but displays to which we can wirelessly connect our high-performance phones.


Nothing proves this direction more than the fact that they are increasingly trying to harmonize the operating systems of different devices. Mac OS and iPad OS, for example, are getting closer and closer to each other, they are trying to merge. What I mean by this is that a specific display that you are currently docking to tells your phone that "haha I'm the old Mac", and then the device switches to Mac OS.



That's pretty much all about the ecosystem merger, which is my opinion. On the other hand, it is almost certain that charging the battery from 0 to 100% will be reduced to a few seconds wirelessly, as well as the fact that all devices in our home (lights, heating, cooling, oven, washing machine) will be controlled from the phone, since the rudiments of these are already working. From these devices, we will instruct our self-driving cars where to take us, and we can also forget about the wallet, as we will use it to pay and store IDs (this is already available, by the way).


However, I'm not really sure what direction the input and control take. I don't think we'd control devices with smart glasses and our eyes, and I don't think we'd use holograms either. Think about it, someone who sits in front of a machine all day and works, would just slouch over the table all day... well, that's impossible. Maybe in 40 years (if we don't mow the earth by then) we will get to the point where we will have the chip in our brain and neurologically control the "devices" with our "thoughts" (although I don't want to live this anymore).