World Without Wires

Wireless world planned by tech firms. What with wireless charging of smartphones and wireless headphones, we are moving towards a world without wires and wireless connectivity.

During a two-hour product showcase held on Wednesday in one of rock music's most storied venues, Apple executives signalled that the company was heading toward a wireless future, where devices would connect without cables, reports Times of India. A big step in that direction is the removal of a headphone jack from the latest version of the iPhone, called the iPhone 7.

What was lacking in Apple's presentation, as has been the case for the Silicon Valley giant in recent years, was a new, can't-miss hit like the original iPod. There was not even a dramatic change to an old classic, like the bigger iPhones it introduced in 2014. But if you like tweaks to products you may already have, Apple had plenty to offer at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a cavernous arena named for a famous music promoter that has hosted the likes of the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. The iPhone 7 includes a better camera, and the bigger iPhone 7 Plus has a second high-end camera with a telephoto lens. It also has an improved home button that lets users perform different tasks by varying how hard they press it.

"Basically, Apple has shifted from one killer feature per upgrade, such as a larger screen, to a variety of compelling improvements that will appeal to a range of buyers," said Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester Research. For more than a decade, Apple has experienced explosive revenue and earnings growth thanks to new hit products, including the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. That streak stopped with the release of the Apple Watch last year, though executives maintain that sales have exceeded expectations.


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