By Anthony S. Wakefield The iPhone is one of the hot technology commodities of today; if you don't have one of them or at least a similar product, then you're considered to be out of the electronic loop. It should be no surprise, then, that so many people are interested to hear about the latest edition of the iPhone. People want to know what's happening in the world of personal electronics and smart phones, and the additions to the iPhone are usually met with a high level of scrutiny from the true iPhone fans. Some people hope to see features they've always advocated; others simply want to know how much cheaper and older iPhone might get. So what will really go on in the world of the iPhone in the future? Let's take a closer look. The Immediate Future of the iPhone. According to USAToday, the new iPhone will include an upgrade to its operating system that could allow for better and higher-level multitasking: this is much more similar to a computer than the iPhone has been in the past. This will also move the iPhone closer to the iPad in terms of sheer operating system performance, further blurring the line between smart phone and computer. Since Apple releases these updates on a regular basis, we know that the previous editions of the iPhones will decline in price as they "cool off" in their status as hot commodities. What does this mean for the average consumer? Basically, every time you see a new edition of the iPhone, you should either be looking for the previously-new editions to be sold on the "used" market (think Craigslist and eBay.com), or for even older versions to become far cheaper. If you're an avid "used" consumer who loves to find the latest details, we probably don't have to tell you about the impact a new release like a new edition of the iPhone could have. For the people who always buy new iPhones, you an also expect upgraded and further-expanded features as is the norm: more space, more performance. If you use your previous iPhone so much that you're starting to push its limits, you should be happy to see a new, expanded iPhone to be released on the market. The Long-Term Future of the iPhone What kind of impact does one release of the iPhone have on the future of the iPhone? In our opinion, it's not as much as you might think. New editions of the iPhone come out regularly and are essentially ways Apple can keep up with the competition. In many ways, Apple continues to exceed them. But the long-term future of the iPhone is more attached to global technology trends and innovations that might be outside of the range of an iPhone to affect. For example, the release of the Apple iPad might have had a much larger impact on the iPhone itself than any release of the iPhone since the very first iPhone was put on the market. This means that if you want to watch the future of the iPhone, you shouldn't only examine the iPhone's improvement in a bubble. It's hard to say at this point that a small electronic device that allows you to have all of the functions of a computer and the communications capabilities of a phone won't exactly go out of style until human beings have something drastically better, such as...what, telepathy? So if you're an avid iPhone fan who can't get enough of the latest editions and the latest improvements, be happy that Apple is putting out its latest addition to the market. After all, until we develop telepathy technology, this is what you're, uh, "stuck" with.
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