Since its inception in 2007, the iPhone revolutionized the world of smartphones. Up until that point, the smartest phone you could find was a BlackBerry. That wasn’t saying much, so the rise of Cupertino’s fruit company superphone led to the demise of BlackBerry.
We’ve seen many iterations and a ton of improvements that have refined the iPhone and iOS experience. The iPhone 6s is much different from the original iPhone. From 3D Touch to the 1.2-inch size increase (2-inches for the 6s Plus), gigantic steps have been taken. One has to wonder, what more can Apple do to push the envelope?
We’ve seen them ahead of the curve on technology such as display resolution (iPhone 4), fingerprint readers (iPhone 5s), virtual assistant (iPhone 4s) and pressure sensitive displays (iPhone 6s). But we’ve also seem them behind the curve, most glaringly on the size of iPhone screens – it took seven years for get the iPhone screens beyond four inches – and once a pioneer, the iPhone now lags behind other flagships in display resolution.
The positives outweigh the negatives because Apple never fails to deliver a reliable experience for their mobile devices. The old adage about iPhones still stands true to this day: iPhones just work. Once upon a time, that was an indictment on Android devices, but that isn’t the case now. Android devices, such as the Galaxy S6, Note 5, M9, G4 and Nexus line also too, just work. The playing field has completely leveled off, which makes the pioneering of new technology more important that ever.
What can Apple do to push the envelope for future technology in its iPhone?
If any phone manufacturer out there reads this, please heed my plead: increase battery size and don’t make phones bigger in 2016. You hear me Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, OnePlus? It seems every year, newer and more power efficient processors are released to take advantage of battery life, but phone makers destroy that benefit by decreasing the size of batteries – and Apple is the worst culprit out there. They decrease the size of the batter in the new iPhone 6s by almost 100 mAh (1810 to 1715 mAh). So instead of getting the new power efficient A9 chip and the same battery life to increase battery life from the pervious year, they decrease the battery size and give you the same battery life. No, I want better battery life, not the same. It’s about improvements, not compromises. And at this point, battery life is one of the most important aspects of a smartphone. What good is a phone if is it’s dead?
Apple just introduced Force Touch and 3D Touch into their products this year, and it’s a future game changer that will make its way to other phones (I’m looking at you Samsung). But there is always new ways to improve. One way they can improve their displays is by copying Samsung’s Edge displays to show more display and information. This would improve the functionality of the iPhone as well as provide design eye candy for potential buyers. The Edge has been a big success for Samsung, and it might benefit Apple to follow suit.
Okay, this is more of a pet peeve of mine. Why does the iPhone have huge bezels? It’s 2015 and most phones are close to eliminating bezels, except Apple. I understand Apple’s incessant need for parallelism with the amount of space needed for the bottom bezel for the Touch ID sensor, but the top bezel shouldn’t be as big as the bottom. Breaking ground on eliminating bezels by placing eliminating the home button and putting the Touch ID sensor on the back (which is the new rage) seems like a perfect way for Apple to improve the iPhone in its next design change come 2016.
Truth be told, who knows what Apple will do with the next iPhone. They tend to bring improvements at a snail’s pace at times, which can be infuriating, but that’s Apple’s prerogative. I will continue to use iPhones just like the millions of people will continue to buy iPhones, but sometimes a guy can dream, can’t he?