If history is any indication, though, America’s favorite handheld device will someday take up residence with the digital camera, the calculator, the pager, Sony’s Walkman and the Palm Pilot in a museum. Although it’s hard to imagine the iPhone dying, change can sneak up rapidly on contraptions that are deeply entrenched in American culture.
Not for at least another decade.
Let me remind everyone of this: Quote Of The Day: Hope For Apple Edition
Everybody in the world who has an iPhone is going to buy a new iPhone to have 5G.
The only way for that not to happen is for another phone to best the iPhone. Because most of those iPhone owners aren’t going to switch to the data-leaking, privacy-violating, malware-prone Android unless that phone is as revolutionary as the original iPhone. And although they could be temped by a phone like this, hey, it’s still Android! And who says Apple couldn’t do that too?
The other argument is that most people probably own an Android-based tablet — because of Amazon’s Fire line — but these are two different markets. A phone is not a tablet, no matter how many idiots think the iPhone XS Max can replace an iPad Mini. Plus, a tablet tends to stay at home so there’s not much to spy on. I see few tablets in the wild these days. People usually have a notebook (which would include a Chromebook) or a phone.
Apple has at least a few replacement cycles to go through as carriers transition to 5G. Eventually, it’ll all be 5G and even the iPhone holdouts will have to buy again.
And if carriers find something even faster, or on different frequencies, repeat.