Do you remember a time when a mobile phone’s popularity was defined by it’s ringtones and what games it had? It feels like a very long time ago when in actual fact the first iPhone was released in June of 2007. Five years. In five years the iPhone has come on leaps and bounds as technology has improved and other services have become available.
Think about this for a second, how many times have you said or been told, “I have an app for that!” The mere premise of an “app” on your phone is very modern and somewhat of a jump into the future. There generally is an app for everything nowadays. With hundreds of thousands of apps available on the App Store, you’d be hard pressed not to find something interesting or useful! I personally use sixteen to twenty apps on a daily basis! A nice mixture of utilities, photography and games. Everything can be done through your phone nowadays, besides the obvious phone call function and texting that has been around for a long time. I can Tweet really “interesting” things about my life, I can photograph every meal I have and all of the hilarious things my cat gets up to for Instagram, I can buy some nonsense on eBay, I can order my dinner from Dominos, I can make my friends feel thick through Words With Friends and I can keep up with the football scores through the Sky Sports app. Nowadays, if a company doesn’t have an app available it’s almost looked down upon. The Star Wars board game I wrote about the other day, that has it’s own app! Games Workshop and the Warhammer worlds have just released a load of their own apps, as well as digital books. Thumb through the nearest newspaper and look at the adverts, I promise you, you will see in some of them, “Download the Blah-Di-Blah app from iTunes today!” This is mobile communications of the 21st century.
The other key improvement with modern mobile phones, especially iPhones, is how much of their original value they retain. You can now sell your iPhone in a variety of places and for a good price. The second hand market is just as strong as the new market nowadays and this is a very good thing for those who can’t afford a brand new phone and of course for those who are environmentally minded and want to recycle as much as they can.
The iPhone has revolutionised the way we live our lives. Where would we be without it? Thankfully, we’ll never have to think about it.