Before the iPhone, we had no smartphones as we know them today. Handsets were divided into two distinct categories – there were the “phones”, some “dumber”, others – like Nokia’s Symbian handsets – smarter, and there were the “Pocket PC phones”, combining the capabilities of computers and mobile phones “before it was cool”. The target audience of these products was different: “phones” were aimed at the general public, while “Pocket PC phones” were intended for business use. Then the iPhone came, and things changed for good.
Where we stand today
Today, smartphones can hardly be called “phones” – they are pocket-sized computers, often with the processing power of a supercomputer from the past, used both by business users and the general public. Their processing power is an overkill for the average user, offering amazing graphics and performance while being used to play games at the Euro Palace and browse social networks. Besides, the speed at which they can connect websites is also amazing. German users, for example, can create their Euro Palace casino bericht in seconds thanks to their speedy mobile broadband network which has increased its velocity by at least a quarter in each of the last couples of years. Playing Euro Palace games is hardly a challenge for today’s smartphones, designed to run sophisticated apps and games with graphics that match those of portable consoles.
iPhone, WiFi, Mobile Broadband
Until the iPhone, far fewer users needed WiFi than today. PDAs and Pocket PC phones were not widespread enough to justify such investments, and laptop users would usually use their devices in places they knew were equipped with secure wireless networks – or simply use a wired connection. The sudden increase in the number of pocket-sized internet-capable devices has led to the increase of the need for WiFi access – and for public establishments like restaurants, pubs, and bars, offering free WiFi to their patrons became good marketing. This has led to WiFi often becoming a public service, with local authorities offering residents free access to the wireless network.
Mobile broadband has also increased its speed thanks to the advent of the iPhone. WAP and GPRS were enough for the average pre-iPhone user but they couldn’t keep up with the iPhone’s hunger for bandwidth. 3G networks are slowly being replaced by 4G ones, with 5G being rolled out in many areas as we speak, and the sixth and seventh generation of mobile networks are already in the works. At the same time, mobile broadband has become much cheaper – there are countries with unmetered 3G data plans that are as affordable as the cheapest voice plans were a few years ago.
Thanks to the iPhone – and all the phones that followed – we now have a new mobile paradigm, with increased coverage, faster connections, and much more powerful devices. All this in a short decade. Imagine what it will look like 10 years from now!