For many people the iPhone is an expensive pointless toy, such guys think that there is no point in paying that kind of money for a smartphone. For others – it is a multifunctional tool for every day, which helps at work and is useful for personal purposes. Over the years, the iPhone has replaced many of the devices that we used to use separately. No need to hide it: the smartphone from Apple actually killed these industries, now the devices are not in demand or find only a few fans. Which gadgets have now become rare, having lost their relevance, or have simply stopped being produced, hurt by the growing popularity of the iPhone and its services?
Which gadgets have lost relevance due to the emergence and development of the iPhone?
- Portable game consoles
- GPS navigators
- Handheld Players
Sporty portable game consoles
Handheld game consoles were a great help when you needed to relax
Tetris, PSP, Nintendo Switch – what do these gadgets have in common? The fact that these game consoles are fond memories for us. I agree, the Nintendo Switch still sells and is still a relevant device, but it is, unfortunately, a niche product that won’t suit everyone. In the past, these pocket consoles were very popular – it was cool to have your favorite games in your pocket, especially the conditional PSP was helpful during long trips or during studies, when there was an urgent need to “get stuck” in a game to reload. With the advent of the iPhone all that has changed – why bother with flashing the device or buy expensive games that are still not everywhere to be found if you can buy an application in the AppStore and play on your smartphone in any strange situation?
There is no point in buying an e-book if you are used to reading from an iPad or iPhone
It’s hard to say what’s going on with e-books now, but with the rise in popularity of iPhones and iPads, I’ve started to see people tucked away in their readers less often. To be honest, I myself felt no longer attracted to this device when the iPad came along – the Books app in iOS gets better and better every year, the interface is pleasant, and it’s comfortable to read even at night. In addition, there is no need to connect the device to a laptop to transfer a new book. Another of the pluses: if you use the same Apple ID on your iPhone and iPad, the app remembers which page you stopped on.
Navigators have always seemed pretty weird and cumbersome, not to mention their speed. Plus, you had to agonize with map updates. But it was much more convenient than navigating with paper maps – all you need to do is plug a third-party navigator into a car’s cigarette lighter. Fortunately, with the advent of the iPhone and the development of the industry the need for navigation devices disappeared – thanks to GPS, AppStore and geolocation apps, which began to evolve by the hour. Location has become more accurate and faster, and maps are updated frequently – the chance to get lost in three pines has decreased to zero.
Smart phones have replaced navigators – applications work and are updated much faster
Navigators can still be found on the market. Not only that, but car manufacturers still build them into car multimedia systems. To be honest, though, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of my friends or cab drivers use this feature – it’s easier to install a smartphone and follow the route.
iPhones are so cool at taking photos and videos that they’re used to make magazine covers and music videos for musicians
In the middle of the noughties, having a digital camera was considered commonplace – it was the best option for keeping fond memories of vacations or important events. Their main advantage is compactness. They are easy to carry in a pocket, backpack or hand and their picture quality is very good. Phones could not boast of good cameras, so nobody doubted the need for “point-and-shoot” cameras.
With the advent of the iPhone and the further growth of the smartphone industry there are convenient tools for working with pictures, for example, built-in editing applications allow you to immediately correct the deficiencies of photos and videos without connecting your device to a computer.
Players are still alive, but no longer so popular
We have already written about how players are not so bad in 2021 – the article caused a storm of indignation among readers and they are understandable. Players were relevant 10-15 years ago, when we wanted to have music at our fingertips and phones had incredibly little memory. These devices helped us a lot in the past – it was easy to transfer 2-3 GB of favorite tracks from the computer, and the battery life allowed to enjoy music for days on end. Now players are relevant for those who, for example, engaged in sports, do not like to take the iPhone with you on a jog or do not hesitate to download the tracks from the years collected media library from the computer. For everything else, there’s an Apple Music subscription that makes our lives so much easier.
Apple does a great job with innovation. The very first iPhone didn’t have anything outstanding, but after all this time it’s become really versatile, from reading and gaming to photo and video editing. The iPhone pushes the development of smartphones so that they displace some familiar device every year. Why carry an extra gadget when your smartphone already has it?
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