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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Apple. I painted a giant apple on my wall when I was ten. I’ve read the Steve Jobs biography twice, and when he died in 2011 I hung a framed picture of him in my room. To this day, every device I use was designed by Apple in California. There’s a magic feeling that comes with unboxing a new Apple product. I felt it for the first time when I got the original iPod shuffle. It was like nothing I had ever seen: completely white and shockingly simple. I felt it again when my father unboxed his iPhone 4. That product was a work of art. With glass on both sides and polished aluminum around the edges, it looked like it had been plucked from the future and dropped into 2010. That was part of the magic surrounding Apple – they kept inventing the next big thing, and you could have one.
In recent years though, it feels more and more like iPhones are losing that forward-thinking quality. Today, any innovation made to the iPhone feels either forced or expected. The verdict is in: when it comes to the iPhone, the magic is gone. Continue reading