Talked to a friend the other night at a Christmas party. He use to be a huge Apple fan. One of those first-adopters. Not any more… I asked why. He said that Apple just isn’t producing anything cool anymore. Maybe he’s right? That’s the problem with technology, or maybe not just technology – successful companies in general. They are innovative at the start, but then become complacent, and just produce incremental changes to their products. What’s cool about the iPhone 7? Two cameras? Sorry, mirrorless cameras take better shots, regardless of the hype and digital remastering you do. It’s not about the 12MP camera sensor, it’s about the optics – and that makes or breaks how good an image is.
I have had my iPhone 6s since Oct. 2015. Now this morning it decides to shut-down at 43% battery. It’s been progressively getting worse over the last few weeks, and I’ve tried everything I can to sustain the battery life. Yes, it’s one of the problematic batch. No problem, I have made an appointment for the end of the week to get a free battery replacement. But the thing is I shouldn’t have to, should I? Sure it’s not a terrible problem, but after paying $$$ for a phone, one would hope it works properly for a bit more than a year. But that’s technology today… you never know how well a product will work, or for how long.
It’s likely a symptom of “too much technology” syndrome. Cramming extra things into a device because that’s the only realistic way to “improve” it. Or maybe mobile devices have come to a design nexus… nothing else (short of long-life batteries) will improve them. Adding two cameras does nothing if you can’t make the battery hold a charge beyond a day of average use. Is anything Apple does visionary anymore? The truth is technology is nothing special anymore. Just something we fill our lives with, and then dispose of when we are ready to migrate to the newer model.