The Mincey clan are not like Jay Leno who can afford to buy and collect any car he wants. We use our iPhones, and what I buy this year finds its way down to another Mincey next year, and so on. We’re technology recyclers here, so when an iPhone reaches the end of the line, it gets cleaned up and saved to the original box.
This weekend I pulled out the original iPhone, the one with the aluminum case and 3.5-inch screen and compared it side-by-side to my sleek and shiny new iPhone 6s Plus with 5.5-inch screen. Sure, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s, and there’s always a rumor about Apple releasing a 4-inch iPhone 6.x, but really, why?
For those of you who have advanced to a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or above, or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or above, just try going back to an early model 3.5-inch iPhone. I dare you. It’s not fun. Interesting, maybe. Quaint, definitely. But not fun.
First, my fingers have already forgotten how to use that dinky little keyboard. Seriously. In one generation of iPhone I became a clumsy typist (typer?). My fingers must have gained a pound. Each. They feel more like how the Macalope must feel when typing on an iPhone.
Other issues become instantly visible when using an older iPhone.
Have you tried using an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac without a Retina display? It’s positively archaic. You’ll think you need glasses if you don’t use glasses, and you’ll think you need a new prescription and new glasses if you already have glasses. It’s that bad.
Wait. There’s more!
Today’s iPhone’s positively bristle with speed, most notable in games, videos, and basic navigation. All was not so smooth sailing with the early model iPhones which, while svelte in the hand still weigh more than today’s phones, and seem to be mechanical rather than digital. Everything works in slow motion, except startup, which seems to be about the same.
An iPhone from 2007 remains similar to an iPhone in late 2015– slab of glass, handheld, home button, screens of icons– but those similarities end quickly when performance is considered. Some benchmarks show the iPhone 6s Plus to be nearly as powerful as a new MacBook. Is it any wonder that iPad sales have stalled and dropped?
Reviewing the past is a good exercise, though, as it helps us appreciate what we have and how far we’ve come in recent years. Projecting that change since 2007 to, say, 2023, what will future iPhones have that we don’t have now?