Earlier this week I was showing a staff member how to use Reminders, Calendar, and Notes on an iPad, when a teacher entered the conversation. “I read that iPhone 11 will be a dud.” I said, “Oh, really? How so?”
Not surprisingly, the answer came back as one we’ve heard often in recent years; “Apple is so boring these days. Nothing is new. Same old, same old.” I asked, “What model iPhone do you have?” The teacher said, “iPhone 7. It’s just as good as the new iPhone 10 Max.” Sigh.
Where. To. Begin?
Yes, Apple has become so boring and so predictable and nothing is new. That meme has floated around since the original iPhone– flat slab of glass with rounded corners and a big display– launched 12 years ago. Uh huh. Same old, same old. Every smartphone today is a flat slab of glass with rounded corners and a big display.
Unfortunately for the uninitiated into technological progression of the 21st century, change happens but it is not always smacking you in the face to keep you awake. Apple changes almost everything in every new iPhone every year, including iOS and Apple’s own apps.
Change is change. Deal with it.
Here’s an example from Danny Zepeda who subscribes to the school of Playing It Safe memes and has a few thoughts on the unannounced and unknown iPhone Next.
Well, I’m here to burst your bubble. Don’t expect much from the iPhone 11, because Apple is going to play it safe.
Don’t expect much?
Other than everything will change. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. OK, yes, iPhone Next will be a flat slab of glass with rounded corners, likely to sport the Notch again, and, yes, it will run iOS 13.
Yet, somehow or another Apple will manage to change everything inside; the CPU and memory, battery, modem, perhaps the display, and most definitely the camera.
Same old, same old? I don’t think so.
Apple likes to take things slow. It doesn’t rush out to change or add features for the hell of it. Instead, it lets the market saturate with features like quality OLED displays or next-gen biometric sensors and once they are fully ready, introduces them on the iPhone where they work almost flawlessly.
OK, and this is a bad thing how?
Oh, and how does that differ from Apple 2018, 2017, 2016, ad nauseam? That sounds like modus operandi to me. A few revolutionary features or functions here and there– does anyone still do Face ID as well as Apple?– and polish, polish, and shine. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Companies like Samsung and OnePlus are really pushing the envelope with the displays on their smartphones that, truth be told, look way better than the notched display on the iPhone.
Uh huh. And how has all that pushing the bar forward worked out so far? Most of it doesn’t work too well yet. When you see it on an iPhone then you’ll know it works.
Two words: Galaxy Fold.
OK, three words: Folded.
How has Apple managed change through the years?
We got the 6, then the 6s and then the 7, and each looked basically the same. The only major changes that happened through this three-year period was a slightly changed camera bump and color options.
All smartphones of any significance look and feel the same. Flat slabs of glass with rounded corners and big displays. Oh, and everything else changes– iteratively or innovatively and occasionally Revolutionarily Lite (my spell checker didn’t like some of those words).
The only changes that have been mentioned is a new square camera hump for the new triple-lens camera system (that looks quite ugly)
Good gawd. Where do people come up with such analysis?
Remember, that so-called ugly camera is on the side of the iPhone you don’t normally see anyway.
There will be no major iPhone redesign in 2019
There will be no major smartphone redesign in 2019 because foldable phones are dead.
Otherwise, flat slabs of glass (or plastic for cheaper models) with rounded corners and a big display.
Zepeda thinks Apple has been falling behind in camera technology, including Google’s Pixel. The difference, of course, is that Apple’s camera works all the time, and Pixel cameras work sometimes. Oh, and all those amazing multi-camera systems that techno-nerds rave about? You can’t really tell the difference between those photos and iPhone photos.
Apple isn’t going to radically change its next iPhone, making it extremely boring for most.
Except for the 200-million people who buy a new iPhone every year. They’re doing it because they’re bored and they want a boring phone. That works.
Which is why we’re telling you now: don’t expect much from the iPhone 11, or else you will be disappointed.
I’m not expecting revolution; I’m expecting improvement and that’s what I guarantee I’ll get. Oh, and I’m more disappointed in so-called technology analysis from bored tech writers who binge on B-level movies than I am about anything from Apple.