In 2010 Steve Jobs and Apple released an inspired product, the iPad. At first, the iPad was heavily debated but has since been viewed by many as a revolutionary device. It was too big to fit in your pocket, it didn’t have the functionality of a computer and overall it just didn’t seem that practical. What many didn’t realise at the time that the iPad delivered more flexibility than any other device. The iPad gave its users the ability to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. This iPad wasn’t the first device of it’s kind, but it was revolutionary as it was the only one that made us sit back and think that these could actually work.
At the Apple keynote address last month, Tim Cook announced the new line of ‘revolutionary’ devices; the iPhone 6s, the iPad Pro and the Apple Watch 2. These devices were initially celebrated as the next big leap in technology but really all they seem to represent is time spent improving the previous generation of Apple technology. The new iPhones and iPad Pro’s are solid devices that I’m certain will keep many users satisfied, but it’s important to note that are not revolutionary and they will not be the devices that change the face of the mobile world.
The reluctance of major companies to enter the field of radical innovation has created a real opportunity for entrepreneurs. For example, the Chinese mobile phone company Xiomi, is developing a home integration package that they believe will make them the largest smartphone company in the world. Another intriguing new mobile device (pictured above) is the Runcible, a circular anti-smartphone mobile device that combines smartphone functionality and hipster-esque design.
This is an opinion piece by Bangula writer Yudesh Moodliar.