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3 is No Longer the Magic Number

15.09.12

It’s been quite a week in the tech-sphere, with Apple announcing the launch of the much anticipated iPhone 5 and Everything Everywhere creating a stir with the early introduction of the UK’s first 4G network.

Apart from the boob with Kate Middleton, these new technologies have dominated this week’s headlines.

According to reports, the techies are somewhat underwhelmed by the iPhone 5. But I’m not. I’m as excited about upgrading my iPhone 4 (not even the 4s, cringe), as my dad was about his first fax machine. And why wouldn’t I be excited? Look at all the new fandangled features:

• A larger Retina display (to help my ailing eyes)

• A new A6 chip (ok, I’m not entirely sure what this means but the boys at JAMcreative assure me I can load web pages and view e-mail attachments far quicker as a result. Bonus.)

• Uber fast wireless (expected in this day and age)

• Better battery life (about time, Apple!)

• iSight camera (so I can take even better pictures of my food :o))

• Interactive 3D maps (making the reading of maps far easier for we women)

And much more, all in a smaller, sleeker design.

Plus, it offers 4G connectivity, making the iPhone 5 the technological equivalent of Usain Bolt.

I’m hooked! We’re all hooked. Our dependency on technology is insurmountable. Current forecasts predict that by 2015 there will be 63.83 million smartphones in use in the UK alone; that’s the entire population.

Evolving technologies have fundamentally changed the way we now communicate with one another. Popping round to someone’s house unannounced is unheard of and it’s now only courteous to text or e-mail to check if it’s ok to actually phone someone! Furthermore, communications have been condensed to just 140 characters or less. The art of conversation is now firmly ensconced in the minimalist movement.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the retro face-to-face conversation – gasp! But new technologies and our penchant for gadgets have simply enabled us to communicate more efficiently and have allowed us to share (read, force) our opinions on a global scale.

Back when my dad was king of the 80s, faxing his letters, who would ever have envisaged we’d have such affordable technologies at the tips of our fingers? Ah, yes, Steve Jobs. God bless you, sir.

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