Many an Apple customer, and maybe even Apple itself, dream of making the Apple independent of the iPhone. But it will not happen soon.
Apple will not soon be independent of the iPhone.
Of course, the obvious reason is to be able to sell Apple's to customers who do not have an iPhone. The potential market would be bigger, but that time still seems far away.
I have carefully followed the technical specifications for the Apple to understand how far the S4 chip has progressed. It is called a Silicon in Package, SIP and Apple says it is the only product in the world that works entirely on a SiP & # 39 ;. Yet it claims that it is only 2x faster than the S3 before, and I assume that this is an evolutionary update rather than a revolutionary progress.
The battery may be slightly larger to support this extra processing power, but it is still sufficient for a "full day" battery life, as before. What this tells me is that Apple is still far removed from miniaturization technology to put everything on board the Apple that might need to become independent of the iPhone that is already doing the hard work today.
At the moment the iPhone has the power, storage and security to store a huge amount of fitness and health data. This data can be extensively exported and analyzed. I have not seen anything that suggests that Apple is going to be that archive. Or that the small display can support a GUI for management and settings that would be pleasant.
What about Android phones?
Apart from that you could think about whether Apple could increase the addressable Apple market by having it work with Android smartphones. Some can call upon the moment when Apple replaced the FireWire port on early iPods with USB, so that PC users could also synchronize music. IPod sales have increased tremendously. But that reasoning does not apply here.
It is technically possible in principle, but there is a problem. My opinion is that even the latest Android phones do not have the security architecture to protect personal health data to Apple's satisfaction. And can you imagine the terrible message that this would send to customers?
We are Apple. We make the safest smartphones in the world. That is our advantage and our advantage. Anyway, we are pleased that you place very sensitive, sensitive medical data on an Android smartphone from your Apple. It will be great, and we will make much more money on your costs.
Not going to happen.
I have to say that one day the hardware architecture of this Apple / iPhone duo will change.
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We may come to the point where the Apple is fully managed via iCloud with a cloud-based management GUI. Or in the long term, breakthroughs may allow Apple to completely replace the iPhone. But for now, and the years to come, we will just have to live with an Apple that needs a corresponding iPhone.
It is not so bad until you update your iPhone or Apple. That is the moment when the smaller management problems cause device independence. My guess, however, is that technical progress will make this desire for device independence OBE: Overcome by Events.