Mobile FutureThe most used tools by technology users are smartphones, intelligent phones that are able to recognize daily activities, such as; calling our mother, setting an alarm for the next morning, supplying useful words while you’re writing a text message, or even how much time did you jog, providing statistics of the rest of the days. These activities are detected and reviewed by a smartphone, providing answers, upgrades, and showing figures and statistics for a management. Smartphones are increasing their monetary cost day by day just as their characteristics. Nonetheless, they’re worth it because not all of them are the same.

The first well known mobile as a Smartphone (intelligent phone) was the IBM SIMON. However, we already know that Apple, presenting its first iPhone, showed phone characteristics described as the most advanced technology based on the current. When Steve Jobs presented it, everything about smartphones changed. Currently, after the launch of the first smartphones; Apple is having the second operative system most used. And iPhone is one of the smartphones most purchased at a global level, in competition with Samsung, LG, Google, among others. The launch of this smartphone changed the perspective of many manufacturers that nowadays are their competitors.

Nanotechnology in smartphones

Technology advances allow the creation of new patents for users and companies that want to develop the most advanced technology. Nanotechnology consists in designing and manipulation of technology on an atomic and molecular scale. Nanotechnology has been seen in many TV shows, science fiction, and detective movies, among others that aren’t still developed; but, they were the principal idea for major projects that nowadays if they’re not being produced, is because other people already developed them. One of the nanotechnology big projects was the creation of system prototypes to generate electricity while we’re walking or practicing any sport.

  • GlobalFoundries is officially working in a FinFET technology processor of 7 nanometers offering 30% more power in comparison to current processors of 14 and 16 nanometers.
  • StoreDot (star-up) presented in a Microsoft lecture, “Think next.” A prototype that enables the charge of a smartphone battery in just a few seconds with nanotechnology
  • Holograms would stop being a prototype. In Barcelona was presented a project where nanostructures created networking between them, and a LCD screen for a hologram sight.

Better designs

The next smartphone expected designs, according to the current technology, are totally futuristic. Nowadays, there are flexible screens and smartphones getting thinner and thinner, but they still maintain a hardware power that makes them unique. Not just smartphones are getting smaller; we can see devices, day after day, upgrading their designs adjusting to the major user comfort. And an endorsement provided by the company to let the users express their opinions.

Today, devices are getting smaller and smaller; a good example of this is earphones fitting in our ears with Bluetooth connection to our smartphone or Bluetooth device for listening to music. Certainly, it is a great patent that it has been coming to replace the uncomfortable earphone cables; however, they bring the worrying of battery lives. These future smartphone designs can be very small, thin, and even totally flexible, thanks to materials, such as, graphene. According to the future technology development; we would have, in accordance to the user necessities, something new and different to show to the world.

Future basis: graphene and silicene

Smartphones are made of many materials depending on the manufacturer, such as; plastic, to save even metal. Some millionaires, to waste their money, are paying to some manufacturers the invention of a special edition made of gold, diamond or a combination of both. Graphene is considered just as a future smartphone material. Now that the testing has been made; flexible screens, batteries with a major capacity, smaller and efficient processors or even smartphones totally made with graphene would help in the development of a different and futuristic smartphone perspective. Nevertheless, graphene is also considered as a harmful environmental material, that’s why is still being taken into account the development of major devices by the same consequence.

A great alternative with large possibilities in the market and development of new patents is silicene, but it isn’t better than graphene according to researches. Silicene is a material with characteristics very similar to graphene, but with a major production cost, because it isn’t founded as a raw material and it must go through a laboratory to process it. This increase the production cost and what it may be silicene smartphones. For now, silicene hasn’t had so much support as graphene to endorse new technologies and create patents; It would be a great alternative if it’s decided not to work with graphene.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

iPhone 7Apple, after launching the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, has been in the public eye due to its specifications and better functions than the previous one, iPhone 6. The generation of a product is always being improved and Apple has an extensive experience in this field, making improvements either of the operating system or the cell phone design. Once again, Apple highlights a new contribution to the technological development with its products, and all the new functions they have incorporated to them.

On its official website, Apple highlights iPhone 7 and 7 Plus new advanced features as its camera system, which has been enhanced, as well as a longer battery life, wide color gamut and brighter display, and a more resistant waterproofed case. Nevertheless, the big news is not the new functions but its selling statistics, which we will further analyze.

Brand new design, translates into more new sellings!

Although iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is better than the previous generation of iPhones, in relation to many features, this does not mean that Apple have had better sales records. Regardless, many stores in Spain have sold all the stock, and this has happened in many others all over the world after its launching, it does not mean that the sales numbers are higher compared to those from iphone 6, according to Ming Chi Kuo from KGI securities.

One of the more highlighted features of the new Apple product is the “jack” better known as the headphone jack, which has completely disappeared in this new version. At first glance, we can think that Apple is not thinking in the users when introducing this new feature, because there have been many complaints about this new jack design, in this new product, but it may be something that will be considered for a possible “iPhone7s”.

Succesfull Sales since unveiling

9to5mac has stated that according to the sales records, the new Apple product has been a success thanks to its new variety of colors (a matte color called Black and a new Jet Black, with a higher gloss finish) and also because of the dual camera which has been incorporated to the new iPhone 7 y 7 Plus. The first days, after the iPhone 7 was released, were an accomplishment on sales, even iPhone´s 6 sales records were broken in some countries. Nevertheless, iPhone 6 continues having major sales records in general.

These statistics are based on the fact that Apple distributed iphone 6 only to the stores in 12 countries. Currently, iPhone 7 was distributed to the stores in 28 countries, all in which it would be launched the same date. It is also known that the Jet black color is the best selling model, which is more difficult to manufacture.

Higher Production Costs

All the surveys from KGI Securities show that producing a Black Jack iPhone 7 is difficult, they even pointed out that is 60%-70% more difficult to produce than any other color. In relation to this, Apple announced on its web site that even though it is the user´s favorite color, it can be easily scratched. Nevertheless, users did not give relevance to that information because it represents 30%-35% on sales records all over the world, and in China a 45%-50% of the sales records.

Another survey from KGI Securities points out that 128GB is Apple´s most popular model. Even when it does not have the sales record and the stock has not been sold out, it catches people´s interest. Apple launched 3 models to the market, in relation to storage capacity: 32GB, 128GB y 256GB. People might consider that 32GB is not enough capacity and 256GB is too much. That could be the reason why the users prefer 128GB version.

75 Millions were not enough

The amount of iPhone 7 sellings known by Apple is high. There have been sold 70- 75 millions of devices.  Notwithstanding, Apple has stated that the records are lower than those from iPhone 6s.  Apple informed about several statistics but it did not want to reveal iPhone´s 7 sales statistics on the first launching weekend. It is the first year that Apple did not want to reveal its Smartphone statistics.

Apple´s new product has improved and better functions than the previous model, but the real reason why the stock was sold out is that there were not enough devices in the stores, in comparison to iPhone 6s, but it is not a matter of an increase on the product users.

At the Apple store, we can check the products prices by ourselves and compare them to those in the market. That will help us to know, if the price is a major factor that could affect sales records. iPhone 7 price range may vary between 769€ and iPhone 7 Plus to 909€, in comparison with iPhone 6s, which can be found to 659€, and iPhone 6s to 769€.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.