iPad&iPhone user - - OPINION -

The smart­phone has be­come a fact of life over the last decade and, like all new in­no­va­tions, shifted from truly amaz­ing to merely quo­tid­ian. Be­ing able to make an in­ter­na­tional tele­phone call was once re­garded as mirac­u­lous; now we send mil­lions of mes­sages around the world ev­ery sec­ond of ev­ery day. The thresh­old for be­ing wowed has gone up – and that’s okay. It’s the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

What’s left is the undis­cov­ered coun­try of new fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties that were never pos­si­ble be­fore on any de­vice. But that’s a far more time­con­sum­ing and re­source in­ten­sive en­deav­our, the kind of thing that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily see ev­ery year or, in­deed, even ev­ery few years.

None of this is to sug­gest that the iPhone XS is not a fine phone, or that Ap­ple won’t sell plenty of them – in­clud­ing to me. But it’s a clear in­di­ca­tion of why Ap­ple put the fo­cus this year on bring­ing the rest of its iPhone line-up up to par with the iPhone X: the way for­ward with those mod­els was al­ready paved.

And it’s not as though ex­cite­ment and ad­vance­ment is to­tally ab­sent from the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try. De­spite a some­what rocky be­gin­ning, the Ap­ple Watch has shown that there are whole new di­men­sions of tech­nol­ogy to be ex­plored. The ad­di­tion of an elec­tro­car­dio­gram in the Series 4 is the per­fect ex­am­ple of a fea­ture that few peo­ple would have pre­dicted would be avail­able in a piece of tech­nol­ogy avail­able on your wrist.

Be­cause the best part of tech­nol­ogy and hu­man in­no­va­tion is still that once what­ever you’re ex­cited about has be­come old hat, there’s al­ways some­thing new and un­ex­pected right around the cor­ner.

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