It’s iPhone launch day today, which I would usually greet with some meditation on the expected features or design of the new device and how it fits into the wider competitive field. This year, however, I want to zoom out rather than in. Because no matter how much or how little the iPhone changes today, no matter how awful its new naming scheme, we can all be certain that Apple will sell tens of millions of its 2018 iteration before the year is through. It’s this apparent inevitability to Apple’s commercial success that I find fascinating.
The only danger the iPhone can run into at this stage is a sudden collapse in its perceived coolness factor among the general public – but barring anything unforeseen, I don’t see that happening any time soon. We’ll be stuck with the iPhone being the smartphone all others get compared to for a long time to come.