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The introduction of the Apple Watch is revolutionizing mobile technology. No longer are we searching for the biggest screen and the best resolution—instead, wearable tech is starting to take center stage. If we boil down the core purpose of a mobile device to its extraordinary power as a communication tool, then the extravagance of luxury smart phones is a wasted effort. If the next wave of devices can have all the elegance of a top of the line smart phone — without the complexity and the bulk — then mobile technology as we know it is going to change.

Mobile Phones on Their Way Out

Before we consider the future of mobile tech, it’s important to look at where it is now. Are smart phones truly in danger? To answer this question, we can look at the recent movements in the tech industry. Instead of focusing on screen size and resolution, tech giants are actively taking strides towards more intuitive AI assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. With increased use of these AIs, users will need a large interface less and less.

And then there’s the reason we’re using these devices. We’re more connected than ever, and the primary function of mobile technology is as a communication tool. When it comes down to it, the massive screens of the most recent smart phones are overkill for communication devices. It’s no surprise, then, that we’re starting to see more technology like Google Glass and the Apple Watch.

The Future of Mobile Technology

Going from the tremendous resolution of a Samsung or the iPhone 6 Plus to a screen under 400px may seem like a jarring transition to some. However, the ability to make calls and quickly compose messages in addition to an AI assistant can pack all of the punch of a smart phone without the unnecessary size and battery drain. Users will have a simpler, more reliable, and more streamlined experience as mobile communicators.

The only question is whether consumers are ready to accept this paradigm shift. Google Glass, like the Apple Watch, was revolutionary for its time but failed to gain traction with a large audience. Acceptance of this new technology may have to be gradual, but even at a slower rate, it still has the potential to dramatically impact the way we design mobile tech in the future.

Mobile phones aren’t dead, but they may not have much time left due to elegant creations like the Apple Watch. This device has all of the clout of its predecessors, without the battery hang ups and unnecessary size. More and more tech companies are adopting the style of compact devices, so it’s only a matter of time before products like the Apple Watch are as mainstream and ubiquitous as the iPhone.

 

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