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Shifting Paradigms: The Post-iPhone Era Draws Near

What would an iPhone look like if it didn't have a screen?

Shifting Paradigms: The Post-iPhone Era Draws Near
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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In the world of technology, change is inevitable, constant and happening at full speed. With the upcoming unveiling of Apple’s extended reality headset, times are beginning to change in a direction that few could have imagined just a few years ago. While the iPhone has long been and remains a key element in the lives of all of us, in a few years it could be replaced by extended reality glasses.

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Displays as we know them will eventually lose their importance as this new technology begins to gain ground. The TV, the desktop monitor(s) and the Mac screen will be replaced by a giant virtual screen that the extended reality glasses will offer us. A screen that we will be able to customize, move, place where it suits us and, best of all, that does not take up any space.

We are not even aware of the change that is approaching us at full speed

Change seems to want to start in earnest with the unveiling of Apple’s extended reality glasses at WWDC 2023 in June. Although it will be some time before extended reality glasses completely replace other devices, this event will mark a turning point in the evolution of technology and the way we use it.

To understand the impact this new technology could have on our lives, it is useful to consider how the iPhone changed the world when it was first launched in 2007. Prior to its launch, cell phones were largely basic communication devices, used primarily for phone calls and text messaging. However, with the advent of the iPhone, the cell phone became a multifunctional platform that revolutionized the way we communicate, entertain and inform ourselves.

And where did this change come from? From the screen. From the canvas. The greatest innovation of the iPhone, without taking away any merit from all the others, is in offering itself as a large screen on which you can do anything. A kind of blank sheet on which the software is presented to us.

The naturalness of being able to touch the software almost directly with our fingers changed the experience of using technology. It made it more natural and closer to us. And with every iPhone model we’ve been seeing, we’ve moved in the direction of a device that is all screen. Soon iPhone 15s won’t even have buttons and Dynamic Island is already planning for their demise in a few years.

An extended reality headset or glasses would give us exactly this: a canvas on which to interact with the software directly. In an even more natural way. A radical change in the way we experience the digital world. By offering a giant virtual screen that can replace physical screens in our lives, this technology is set to change the way we consume media, work and interact with others.

What would an iPhone look like if it didn’t have to have a screen? It would change a lot. The battery could be much smaller, since the screen is what consumes the most. The shape would be different, the buttons could disappear. The design would be simplified in a quite amazing way. Put another way. Right now the iPhone is the way it is because it needs a screen, but what if we remove that requirement?

Instead of looking down at the phone to read a message or watch a movie, all we’d need to do is put on its extended reality glasses for a much more immersive and immersive experience. Instead of being limited to a physical screen, information and entertainment would be available on a much larger and more personalized scale.

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We have started talking about the post-iPhone era, but the truth is that we can go further. At the speed at which new technologies are spreading and with the arrival of extended reality headsets just around the corner, we can talk about post-Mac, post-TV, post-cinema… Yes, I admit, there is still time and a long way to go, but we are getting closer and closer.

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David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of hanaringo.com | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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