Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Form Over Function & The New iPhone

I probably found this more profound than it really is, but Matt Buchanan said it well in the New Yorker, regarding the latest iPhone announcements:

Fundamental technology, like manufacturing processes for processors and imaging sensors and displays, have evolved to the point that the basic shape and sense of a phone—a thin rectangle with a four-to-five-inch high-resolution touch screen stuffed with a variety of sensors—is determined now largely based on its merits rather than its outright technical limitations, much the same way that the basic shape of a knife is defined by its function rather than our ability to produce it.

It's amazing to think that this is true; that the technological achievements of these devices are perhaps being held back more by the size and shape of our hands than by our manufacturing capabilities.

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