By CHRISTIAN BRUMFIELD
The world gathered in excitement for the announcement of a new generation of iPhones, as well as a highly anticipated smart watch, on Sept 9. As usual, the new iPhone includes a faster processor and a better camera.
However, in a clear attempt to compete with other smartphone companies, like Samsung, Apple decided to increase the standard display size in the iPhone 6 from four inches to 4.7 inches.
Moreover, an iPhone 6+ model was announced, utilizing a massive 5.5 inch display. If this trend of bigger equals better continues, soon everyone will be holding up laptop-sized phones to their ears to make a call. At that point, it would probably be safe to say that the technological world is conjuring up the style of the 1980s again.
Other than major display changes, Apple remains orthodox in their designs. Not surprisingly, this disappointed many people – specifically those who expect something revolutionary each year. When it comes to technology, the human tendency to never be satisfied is unquestionably present, but is it truly realistic to expect something mind-blowing every year?
Perhaps the greatest challenge faced by Apple in recent years is the development of their new smart watch. “Apple Watch,” while not the first of its kind, will certainly make a name for itself among other smart watches, such as the Moto 360 or the LG G. What many people are asking, though, is whether or not Apple did in fact create something groundbreaking.
While its effect on society will not be clear until it joins the market in early 2015, some of its features give evidence to a new generation of wearable and personal technology. The “Apple Watch” has features such as a heartbeat sensor, pedometer and digital touch, along with allowing the watch to function as an iPhone. Are these countless features boasted by the “Apple Watch” overkill, or are they necessary? What will the future hold for wearable technology? In time, distracted students will be getting their watches taken away, and people will get ticketed for ‘watching and driving.’
On a more serious note, it is interesting to think about where our society is heading. Technology has always been in the habit of redefining itself and evolving to meet standards that simply did not exist a few years prior.
Perhaps a few years in the future we will be seeing contact lenses that display your twitter notifications. Maybe we will create killer robots that take over the world. Whatever the case, technology will always be evolving. Whether or not we evolve with it is up to us.