Medium Icon Medium

Apple succumbs to the smartphone malaise  ↦

When was the last time you got REALLY EXCITED about the latest iPhone announcement? It’s been awhile for me too…I mostly get excited about improvements made to the camera. We generally expect newer models to get faster and better, right? So, progress alone makes that an expectation. Everything else is just kinda, meh.

From The Economist on Medium:

Smartphones revolutionized everything from shopping and dating to politics and computing itself. They are some of the most popular products ever put on sale. But after a decade-long boom, devices once seen as miraculous have become ubiquitous and even slightly boring.


Discussion

Sign in or join to comment

Adam Stacoviak

Adam Stacoviak

Houston, TX

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Changelog. Hacker to the heart.

2019-01-16T17:30:38Z ago

Are we really an expectant, entitled generation spoiled by some of the most greatest technological advancements in modern history?

Being “slightly bored” by new phones isn’t exactly true. The number of videos and views on YouTube from folks like MKBHD, Renee Ritchie, Unbox Therapy and others proves the lack of boredom for talking about the devices. Clearly folks aren’t “bored,” with watching content on the smartphone market.

So, are we really bored, broke, or is the market just maturing to the point of fatigue with having the latest greatest?

Jerod Santo

Jerod Santo

Omaha, Nebraska

Jerod co-hosts The Changelog, crashes JS Party, and takes out the trash (his old code) once in awhile.

2019-01-16T18:46:45Z ago

I wouldn’t say I’m bored of what’s new in smartphones, I think it’s just that there is less new with each release because of how mature the market’s gotten.

I also agree that Apple/Samsung have ran out of ‘easy wins’ in the growth department, so they’ll be trying even harder in the coming years to steal marketshare from one another instead of expanding into new markets.

0:00 / 0:00