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iPhone, 20 years later

January 9th, 2027. The alarm clock sounds on my iPhone, so I get out of bed with 42 freshly made (and those I prefer not to think about) and turn it off. Today is your twentieth birthday “, I think while looking at the phone . The lights in my house go on automatically just as I have told Siri to do. The assistant also made sure that the radiators were turned on an hour ago, so as to adjust the temperature in my house and not to freeze me.

I put on my glasses, which are already loaded . They are third generation Apple Glasses that I have had for a year now. The frame imitates the classic paste glasses, but the miniaturization of the technology that started with the very old AirPods has made that inside it there is a whole system. I also wear my Apple Watch, whose volume has been reduced to a minimum and it looks more like a bracelet than a watch. It starts another day in my life.

A world of wearables

iPhone, 20 years later
iPhone, 20 years later

The Apple Glasses were sold to me by the trusted optician in my city, who is in charge of graduating the glasses supplied by Apple. If I didn’t have this galloping myopia I could have bought them without any graduation at the Apple Store. But anyway, these are the glasses that produced another “revolution” at Apple a few years ago.

I talk to nothing while I go to the bathroom. ” Siri, tell me how my day is “. The glasses react, and the speakers I have on the back of their sideburns near my ears start to ring.

Okay, Siri “, I pronounce while making coffee. ” Remind my parents that today is when I go to London and return tomorrow. And ask another Uber to take me from the airport to the hotel in London by the time I’ve landed. Any important messages?

Yes, please “. I have breakfast while listening to the message and dictate a reply. While I prepare myself, the headlines of the news of the day about the topics I have told Siri to show me appear in the glasses. Rumors about Tim Cook’s retirement, again. Analysts are starting to get heavy on the subject.

I’m leaving the house. My door locks without a key with an electronic knob . The lights and the radiators turn themselves off. I go out to the doorway. I have the option to see the house through a security camera connected to HomeKit at all times. And as soon as I come back tomorrow afternoon I know that I will open the door and find the lights open and the apartment at 21 degrees.

Siri, the interface for everything

I pick up my bags and smile as I watch an electric Tesla stop next to me. There is nobody in the driver’s seat . “How well they’ve done integrating the Apple self-driving platform,” I think. My glasses show the summary of my journey and the instruction to bring the Apple Watch closer to the rear door handle, which is recognised and highlighted in my field of vision thanks to the glasses. It unlocks automatically and makes a pleasant sound that welcomes me as I get into the car. Siri talks to me behind my ear again:

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Apple wants us to see the assistant, which has already become the best way to communicate with our devices, not as something impersonal typical of a device but as “someone” who accompanies us. It’s not at all that conscious of the movie Her, but it certainly makes us not feel alone at any time.

I arrive at the airport. I get out of the car. In my glasses, a summary of the payment that has been made automatically and under pre-authorization using Apple Pay.

Well, look, Siri, tell the Starbucks closer to that gate to make me a small latte with cane sugar “. If I have time, I can get some work done while I’m waiting for the shipment. The glasses show me arrows on the way to indicate where I have to go through the departure terminal. The status of my flight is permanently displayed in a corner of my field of vision.

The Ghost of the Macs of the Past

By the time I get to Starbucks, they have my coffee ready. My glasses, using augmented reality, point to the bar and show the payment information next to it. I pick it up and sit down at a table. I open my backpack and take out my iPhone next to what looks like a MacBook. But it’s not a MacBook . It’s a kind of ultra-thin laptop, but empty inside. No processor, no memory, no GPU. There’s just a screen, a keyboard, and a battery inside.

Computers are now an accessory to our phones

It’s the ghost of what used to be a laptop. Now the iPhone has all the computing power, and computers are just accessories that provide more screen and a comfortable keyboard for typing. Those that still use them are for a pure matter of comfortable typing, but the general user already goes directly to the wearables . But I, who live from writing articles, still prefer the keyboard. So I connect that accessory to my phone and a complete macOS starts on it.

My iPhone is able to run both operating systems without any problem. And more expensive phone models even connect to multiple 8K monitors so you can edit video in Final Cut Pro without worry. It’s amazing the power we’ve come to expect from mobile processors. Now everyone carries their desktop computer and laptop in their pocket .

I’ll get to work on him. Everything is saved and synchronized in iCloud, where I have several TB of storage available. After a while, Siri appears behind my ear again.

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