Unfortunately, AI is the best thing that could have happened to smartphones

AI is the next big thing in smartphones, and there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m sorry if you were hoping for a foldable iPhone or a rollable Motorola Rizr coming soon. Instead, you get AI, and for smartphone makers, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Hoping something else would be the next big thing? Did you think it would be glasses? I thought it would be glasses. I admit I seriously overestimated the state of smart glasses technology before now. Real smart glasses are a decade away, maybe more. I still believe that smart glasses are the next thing, but now it’s more like the next next thing, or what’s after what’s next. You know, not next, but NEXT.

Real smart, ahem, glasses (Image credit: Philip Berne / Future)

We’re stuck with our phones. The phone you just bought won’t be the last thing you buy called a ‘smartphone.’ There will be another, and it will do more than the one you have now, and what it will mostly do more is AI. It will AI like you’ve never seen, heard, or maybe even felt. We’re never sure with AI; there could be a feeling AI coming soon.

There will be other improvements besides AI, right?


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