Funny thing. True story, too. After iPhone became ubiquitous among technology gadget buyers, we didn’t ditch our Macs or PCs. Instead, we offloaded some tasks which were more useful to mobile, in-your-pocket devices, and kept those that required a dedicated hardware keyboard and a bigger display.
Yes, we may think of iPhone as a Mac-in-the-Pocket but is it really?
That means the idea of wearing your iPhone or Mac like sunglasses is just as preposterous. Why?
It doesn’t take much for technology writers to get all wrapped up in themselves these days. Jonny Evans:
One day you’ll wear your Mac like sunglasses
Uh, no, you won’t. The so-called Mac-in-my-Pocket iPhone isn’t really a Mac in my pocket.
Three words: screen real estate.
Yes, iPhone’s display is drop dead gorgeous, but nothing beats a Retina 5K iMac display. Unless it’s Apple’s new 6K display for Mac Pro. At $4,999. Without a stand.
What happens when your AirPods become your primary connection with all your computers?
Wait a minute. I thought we were talking about Mac-as-sunglasses? Oh. Wait. I get it. Sunglasses need sound.
What happens if your AirPods become your primary connection with all your computing devices, accessed in the cloud?
What if you could interact with remote systems using Voice Control?
Apple has the technology already to authorize users via voice recognition, but it probably needs to be combined with Touch ID or Face ID or some other kind of authentication element.
Evans rambles on a bit about voice recognition technology– from another company even though major tech titans have been working on it for years.
Google and Apple have been working toward this – Google Assistant on Google Home can recognise six voices, and Apple’s HomePod will gain multi-user identification later this year.
Apple does iterative innovations in steps. Siri is getting smarter, and voice recognition is better to test on HomePod than on a billion iPhone users at the same time.
The iPhone made fingerprint scanner technology mainstream and Apple did the same with Face ID which married higher security with higher convenience, so can voice recognition have the same authentication capability?
I fret at the notion that it also becomes more possible to identify a voice in the crowd, or to create spoof voices. I worry about how secure voice as authorization will be when a determined voice artist attempts to mimic someone else.
We live in the era of Deepfakes so one needs to be concerned about how Apple will handle voice recognition; will it live alone, or only in concert with other methods?
Regardless, Evans does not point out how your Mac will become a wearable or sunglasses, but screen real estate is difficult to beat.
iRetina implants, maybe?