It still blows my mind that it's already been 14 years - smartphones still feel like "the new thing" to me - maybe just because no huge new platforms have emerged since then to take the "new thing" crown?
I started out on my own (the first time) in ‘06, finally taking a step towards trying to write Mac software for a living, but mostly paying the bills using what I had done prior, “sysadmin” (today: devops) in LAMP stack systems.
The iPhone app ecosystem hit in ‘08 and right away, demand for devs far outstripped supply. Through my professional connections, I landed a contract job, and the first app I worked on was Starbucks 1.0.
Many other opportunities came afterwards, for which I am also grateful, including eventually founding the mobile systems at Mapbox, which allowed me to work alongside incredibly brilliant people, travel the world, make a much bigger name for myself in the community and in open source, and much more.
I’ve since grown pretty negative about the app store economics and incentive systems. I always thought a) it wouldn’t ever get this big and b) somehow, it would at least allow for a more open alternative alongside.
The icing on the cake is the app review system, and I just can’t be bothered. As cool as any of the hardware and software technologies are, I am not attracted to the ecosystem for fun, which is honestly, the main motivator my whole career — what did I enjoy doing? The arbitrariness of version reviews, established apps getting pulled, the code signing hoop-jumping, and the ridiculous 30% cut just rule it right out for me.
Unfortunately for me I missed the boat on the App Store explosion and I agree that we've not really had anything comparable since. If anything it feels like we've stagnated... not in a bad way exactly, the tech we have at our fingertips is incredible, but nothing there's nothing truly game changing. Not that people haven't tried with wearables, VR and so on. But... meh.
A new connector, a new display, these just are minor changes and though they may cause some howling, they don't really change the use of the device.
What's the next big new thing? No idea, if I knew I'd make it. But I suspect that it's already been done somewhere, but it won't be big until Apple or someone picks it up.
If only it were that simple...
You'll get the same mediocre battery life but the phone would be so thin you could slice bread with it.
Also maybe because they (Apple and Google) keep on adding things and revising how to make apps.
Question is can you make an app today with the tech of 2008? Maybe yes, but will you?
> the Porsche 911 of smartphone
Not a car buff. Would you mind unpacking this analogy?
Hmm, a DIY kit for this would be an awesome gift. I wander if anyone has put one together…
 I had a second gen iPod but it had a sticky end due to a hockey stick :-(
i still cannot get over the fact that i "miss" the typing on that form factor. i simply cannot explain it. the keyboard on that thing right till 3GS was a beauty and i have written many thousands of words worth of tomes and blogs and reports over the years.
since then i moved over to android because idevices got expensive and i still dont feel comfortable typing on a phone even today. my laptop has helped but i could type "with confidence" on that phone but now, my moto G30 current phone just doesn't cut it
I think it’s cool and I’m glad he likes it, but contemporary art it is not.