Apple's secret plan, or naught

posted Sep 13, 2016, 9:40 AM by Barny CK   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 6:48 PM ]

Either Apple has clearly run out of ideas, or it has something really good up its sleeve. If the latest unveiling of the iPhone 7 is anything to go by, the tech giant is slowly but surely revealing whatever it deems to be the next generation smartphone.

It's funny actually when the iPhone 7 was unveiled, we already knew what it'll be like through all those leaked news circulating around for weeks. The doubling of the RAM upgrades, a new type of Home 'button' and most controversial of all, the removal of the century old audio jack. Yet, the grand surprise that day was the father of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto striding across the stage to announce the Super Mario Run on iOS. Nobody was expecting this. Clearly, Apple is pretty capable of keeping secrets, secrets that matter to them and maybe Apple is really holding close to its chest any grand scheme for the iPhone.

Case in point; the lightning connector doubling up as the audio connector. Believe it or not, this was a move 3 years in the making with the introduction of the iPhone 5. Ever wonder why the connector had to be designed to be inserted both ways? You would've thought that Apple seemed to be indulging itself because it had the money to. Throw in the audio feature and it starts to make sense; nobody probably wants to spend their time finding the right orientation to plug in their earphones. Although the audio jack is round and the lightning connector is rectangular but... that's a topic for another day. Then, there's the fingerprint scanner or Touch ID on the home button. The Touch ID started out as just another way to unlock the device until Apple Pay came along one year later.

So what's new about the iPhone 7 this time around? Or iPhone 7 Plus, to be exact. It's the dual camera. For now, it's just a dual camera but it has the potential to become a virtual reality camera
due to the different depth of field between the two lenses. This, in turn could advance virtual reality based applications.

But at the end of the day, I still wished they made the iPhone 7 body with some angles. It's round and nice, I agree. But I have a tough time gripping my iPhone 6 Plus.