Posted April 07 2011 - 08:51 AM
I think Apple will go back the opposite direction starting w/ iPhone 6 and start a new trend to get rid of the screen *and* use of flash memory (among other things) completely.
Actually, I think the future of smartphones *should* be to head toward semi-convergence between phone and tablet where you can have a small phone module (maybe w/ minimal display, if any at all) that can interchangeably plug into a portable PDA device or a larger tablet or whatever else so the wireless service can be shared across devices and be used w/ whatever device is most suitable to whatever your current need, eg. a large tablet would make sense at home and in the office, a 4-7" PDA would make sense for quick-and-easy on-the-go use (and for apps like GPS nav), a mid-size PDA/tablet might make sense if you expect to be able to use it in sit-down situations, etc.
If the phone module doesn't actually need to do any PDA stuff (other than be a data service conduit, etc.), it can probably be tiny. Probably only needs to be big enough for a chip+OS to handle dumb phone features and connectivity w/ PDA/tablet, the wireless chipset (including BT), big enough battery (which can be smaller for no/minimal display), etc. Use BT for remote headset (w/ voice control) or maybe even plug the phone module into a separate, dumb handset perhaps to keep the phone module as small as possible (and maybe even always have it operate off the handset/PDA/tablet host's power instead to further reduce its size)...
I can dream a little, can't I?
Just another amateur learning to paint w/ "the light of the world".
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