Apple's iconic iPhone is a killing machine. Not only did Apple's input in the smartphone industry clobber Microsoft, Nokia, BlackBerry, and others into oblivion, the app store revolution died a whole series of products we've been using for decades.
Some of what has changed is obvious. The phone is not just a phone anymore. The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world and helped to tear the poker games and poker camera industry.
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There can't be any real end to the number of products that have got the backseat to what you can do with today's iPhones. In addition to turning Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft smartphones into the industry footnotes, the iPhone actually helped kill Apple's own iPod. Well, you can still buy an iPod, but why? The iPhone does more.
Here is my quick hit list of what has changed in a few years, thanks to Apple's iPhone and companion iPad.
Newspapers – Yes, like a gazillion others, I subscribed to a couple of local daily newspapers. Now I only get Sunday papers and read the news online. And not just local news. News from everywhere is available through Apple's own News app and my favorite, Flipboard. Look at all the trees we store.
Franklin Planner – Yes, I was part of the Franklin Planner generators who contained all important information that had to be borne from meeting to meeting; Work, life, past and today were all written down in these planners, faithfully changed to blank paper next year. All replaced by Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders and their third-party family.
Play – this is not where I spend a lot of time, but mentions a platform for game consoles as high resolution games – It has as many users as the iPhone. The handheld consoles in yesteryear can still be around – the Nintendo DS, Gameboys, Sony PST – but it's the iPhone and iPad being used by most kids these days because the games are incredibly good. Just wait for next year when the App Store is full of AR (augmented reality) games.
Watches – well, I still have a dozen analog watches around my apartment, but these days I use Watch to Tell time and set alarms. Watches probably won't die out until we have Apple contact implants that give us 45-inch high-resolution displays right on top of our eyes.
Stop clock timer alarms – I still have a battery-powered stopwatch. My Watch does more. The iPhone does even more and they are not extra cost, either. Apple builds in an incredibly powerful Clock app that does it all and more, and even better, it is not affected by Do Not Disturb as I set at 19:00.
Audio Recorder – these are the small cassette and now flash card audio recorders of yesteryear. It's built into your iPhone, and there are dozens of free to nominally priced audio recorders that do far more than the analog versions we once carried around.
GPS – I'm a bit of an early adopter and bought a few GPS units back in the day. I had two in the car over the years; two handhelds which we could cary while hiking upstate. Gone. I don't know where they are. The iPhone does everything I am tracking these days.
Kart – I remember the day when the family car gloves were filled with paper maps; the large folding sheets of maps – local and where we wanted to go. What a pain to use paper map in a car when the iPhone does better and immediately. Goodbye, map.
Calculators – this is something of a bad point that I have turned into a digital collection. My Mac, iPhone and iPad have a dozen different calculators. I use Apple and PCalc, and sometimes look at the others.
Compass – my father still has a magnetic compass. My iPhone has a compass built in.
Phones – in all likelihood, the trend of killing landlines has still been without the iPhone, but those phone companies are in trouble because wireless is where it is. But we still have a landline.
Television – add movies to this list of industry changes that happened thanks to the smartphone revolution, the Apple style. I still have cable TV at home, but a growing percentage of my time has moved to handheld devices. iPhone. It may be even more for a younger generation.
Personal computers – they are not dead, they will not die at any time soon, but the whole industry has changed, thanks to the smartphone and tablet industry led by the iPhone. PC sales have fallen for years. The Mac sells well, better than expected, but the writing is on the wall. Today's iPhone and iPad Pro are as powerful – CPU wise – as the entry level MacBook and MacBook Pro.
Other industries have had a similar impact in recent years. iPhone and Watch are now health personalities and will be more so in the future. iPhone helped kill Adobe's Flash platform. Yes, it's there. It does not matter. What about malware? Apple's iPhone has just no one (to speak of) thanks to its strict iOS and app store restrictions.
Of course there is more, but you get the idea. Apple's iPhone led a revolution in technology that has affected a few billion people on planet Earth. Google claims there are 1.7 billion Android devices on earth, while Apple claims more than 1 billion iOS device users. It creates 3 billion of the planet's Earth's 8 billion inhabitants having their lives changed by a handheld device that led the post-PC era.