From what I can tell, perfect has a definition that extends from not-perfect to perfectly acceptable to perfect. So, even a definition of perfect isn’t really perfect. What about Apple’s iPhone X? Perfect? Someone thinks the screen is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”
Allow me to start with an analysis of such perfection with iPhone X’s new OLED display. DisplayMate, a company that measures such things, says this about iPhone X’s display:
It has an Absolute Color Accuracy of 1.0 JNCD for the sRGB / Red.709 Color Gamut that is used for most current consumer content, and 0.9 JNCD for the Wider DCI-P3 Color Gamut that is used for 4K UHD TVs and Digital Cinema. It is the most color accurate display that we have ever measured. It is Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect, and is very likely considerably better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV that you have.
Is it perfect? Somebody’s math and standards say it is. Or, at least, it’s indistinguishable from whatever we think perfect might be.
Allow me to continue on this road to analysis of perfection by pointing out the steady iterative improvements Apple has made to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch, and even Apple TV 4K. Virtually every component and feature reveals a step above previous standards– all on the way to some kind of measurable perfection.
I have a new 4K HDR television coupled to Apple’s new Apple TV 4k which also handles 4K HDR video. If you thought that moving from a tube television to 1080p LCD flatscreen was a leap, or moving from an iPhone 5s to iPhone X screen was a leap, wait until you see your favorite movie stars on 4K HDR television.
Perfectly awful. Awfully human. The near perfection of a 4K HDR screen with 4K HDR video tells me we are well on our way toward whatever it is that is “Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect” but we may not like what we see. Prepare to be amazed by your disappointment. No, you won’t be disappointed in how good those new 4K HDR videos look on a new 4K HDR television, but you might be amazed at how bad everyone else looks because flaws are not a part of perfection, yet as we near whatever is visually perfect we see more flaws.
It is not difficult to extrapolate a decade or two into the future when everything we take for granted in our techno-gadgets has improved by an order of magnitude or more. The Apple Door Lock that keeps people out of our homes will recognize us and unlock the door as we reach for the knob. The Apple Car we drive will drive us and unlock the door as we step toward the car– perfectly recognizing us with impeccable accuracy.
My iPhone X’s battery lasts almost two days– a day longer than expected– because I turn on the Battery setting’s Low Power Mode and use a black wallpaper. Why? The Apple-designed A11 Bionic CPU is so powerful that I can’t tell much of a difference with normal vs. low power mode.
We are inching toward a perfection in Apple products and components that is becoming more difficult to measure in standard terms. Audio recorded on iPhone, iPad, and Mac is of such quality that our ears cannot hear all the sound available. In a few years will we be able to even see a pixel on a screen? Will the cameras and screens be so good that plastic surgery becomes a requirement to enter adulthood? For all of our human warts and blemishes we strive toward perfection and here and there we’re achieving a perfection that merely shows off our imperfections.
There are times when I want Apple to push the envelope faster, to upgrade products on a more frequent basis, to create the very best technology gadgets in any category, and we may lament the company’s deliberate slow walk of high tech here and there, one thing is certain. My face does not look as good on my iPhone X as it did on my original iPhone screen circa 2007. These almost perfect products are making a mockery of their rather imperfect creators. What happens when Siri becomes perfect software with knowledge of everything and wisdom to match, and decides– after visiting with female persona friends Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant (stupidly imperfect name)– that humanity can only be made perfect by not being in existence?
What a perfect end.