Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 were this year’s unsurprising landmark releases in the smartphone market. However, over the years there has been a trend where the appearance of new technology in smartphones slows down. This should not really be surprising considering the extent we have come already since Steve Jobs talked of a phone, an iPod, and a camera in one device. “We call it iPhone”, he proclaimed on stage nine years ago. Next year will be the tenth anniversary of iPhone and a lot of people had decided for themselves that that would be the phone to wait for, not this year’s iPhone 7.
In fact, Apple’s alternate year of release for newly numbered models shows the company itself probably believes that one brand new smartphone a year is an unrealistic expectation. Instead a new one every other year accompanied by a stepwise change in the form of an “S” model in-between was their solution and rightly too. Until we somehow put a printer and flatbed scanner into our phones, there will likely not be a technological revolution in the true sense of the word.
Apple’s stocks were already dipping as iPhone sales dipped in the last two financial quarters. But with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones bursting like crackers and forcing the company to recall all phones, their share in the market will likely also dip just as dramatically if not more. Rumours suggest a $10 billion loss after passengers were banned from carrying the phone on aircrafts. Continue reading