I’ve been looking around at switching out my iPhone 13 and I’m coming to the conclusion that aside from foldable screens I’m not seeing anything particularly interesting. We are at a point where the smartphone is just a slab of glass, nothing more. There isn’t a lot of innovation out there and for me least it’s what’s on it that’s important.
I’m pretty stuck in the Apple ecosystem at this point and whilst Android looks interesting I can’t bring myself to use a Samsung just for the folding screen having endured one as a work phone. The Pixel 6 isn’t that interesting to me and it’s massive.
I feel that iOS is still where the software innovation is happening with it’s third party app ecosystem. Most new apps go there first and there are a core group of developers keeping apps I use updated.
iOS itself is better now we have widgets and overall it gets the job done. Until we get a big form factor change like a folding iPhone I don’t see big updates coming to iOS and I’m ok with just tweaks. Focus mode hasn’t worked for me this year and I find it overwhelming. I’d like to see it being tweaked this year and I’d also like to see a focus on Home Screen customisation.
Whilst I look for a less RSI inducing experience on iOS I’ll be keeping an eye on the second hand market for a smaller phoned bargain.