When Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone a decade ago, he claimed Apple’s ability to combine three products – “… a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching and maps – into one small and lightweight handheld device.”
Those characteristics are still in today’s iPhones, but they’ve gone a long way from what the old iPhone was. With over 2 million apps, the iPhone changed not just how we communicate, but our lives as well.
So Where We Goin’ Next, iPhone?
For Apple, the next decade will be about making the phone more refined and user-friendly. Whether the iPhone remains a rectangular slab of glass for the next 10 years is beyond anyone’s guess. Importantly, what will become an even bigger focus will be everything else that surrounds the iPhone, such as virtual reality and smart home.
The iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today, more than ever, it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live.
The next iPhones will be a Champion of Simplicity
The old iPhones used to celebrate just doing a few things well. Now, iOS and the iPhone are getting kinda out-of-hand complicated. Settings and hidden Easter eggs lurk everywhere. Managing cloud storage and photos, or navigating notifications and privacy will send you down rabbit holes. To solve these issues, Apple will have to do its best to make the interface more user-friendly
Being Able to Connect to a Wide Range of Platforms will be a Priority
As of today, iPhone has transformed into the hub for our fitness trackers, the Apple Watch, and a growing world of smart home appliances and connected gadgets. The newest iOS version includes smart home shortcuts built into the Control Panel, such as a home-based remote control. Imagine more of that spreading across more devices and services.
Soon, iPhones will be able to talk to other gadgets easily. Bluetooth 5 offers a greater range and higher speeds to connect to other gadgets. In a home, that could make a huge difference.
Let’s Float on the Cloud with iPhone
Apple’s relationship with cloud services is quite a complex ordeal. Google and Amazon offer lots of free storage and syncing options. With iCloud, paying for the right storage tier can get pretty expensive. Relying on the cloud has become an answer for accessing files and photos. But how do photos and videos get stored properly? Despite a growing number of competing cloud-storage options, it’s hard to keep things organized properly. But for sure the people over at Apple are doing something about this and who knows? Soon, the iPhone might even be truly compatible with other Cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365 for small businesses.
The iPhone will out-iPhone Itself
The biggest change that will happen to the iPhone of the next decade is that it may no longer be a phone, at least not in the sense of the gadget we know now. What could be more crucial about mobile computing over the next decade might revolve around the iPhone. Apple already envisions the iPhone as the control center of our lives; in the next decade, that the iPhone’s influence on our lives will extend to things from VR to our smart homes, offices and cities.