December 2, 2023
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Apple’s fall occasion is simply across the nook, and we’re anticipating a slate of recent merchandise — together with the iPhone 15 lineup, the Apple Watch Sequence 9, and presumably the Apple Watch Extremely 2.

With the iPhone 15, we’re anticipating some large adjustments this 12 months with the Professional fashions, particularly, together with a brand new titanium body changing the stainless-steel from earlier generations, plus a brand new Motion button as a substitute of a mute toggle. However the general design of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Professional appears to be the identical as that of  the iPhone 14 collection, which itself appears just like the earlier two generations earlier than it. In different phrases, an already ageing design isn’t going to be altering all that a lot.

In the meantime, on the Android facet of issues, designs are saved recent and attention-grabbing, particularly when there are units just like the Nothing Telephone 2. After spending a while with the cellphone, it’s turn out to be crystal clear that Apple must take a web page out of Nothing’s e book and provide you with an progressive new design for the iPhone.

The iPhone has been taking part in it too secure

Deep Purple iPhone 14 Pro held in hand with a wooden gate in the background
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Taking the newest rumors at face worth, the iPhone 15 lineup will look just about the identical as its predecessors, with just a few minor variations. We’re nonetheless going to have the identical flat edges, digicam modules, and quantity buttons for probably the most half. This could be 4 years of the identical general design for the iPhone.

I’m unsure about everybody else, however I’m discovering the present iPhone design just a little stale at this level. When the iPhone 12 introduced again the flat edges, I used to be excited as a result of it made me reminisce over the outdated iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 designs, which had been unbelievable.

However as I’ve now used the iPhone 12 Professional, iPhone 13 Professional, and iPhone 14 Professional, I’m unsure I just like the flat edges with the present 6.1-inch show measurement. I have a tendency to make use of my cellphone with one hand primarily, and with my smaller palms, I must help the underside edge with my pinky. After prolonged use, the sharp corners of the sides really feel just a little uncomfortable. Maybe the flat edge design labored effectively with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 collection as a result of these had been bodily smaller, but it surely simply doesn’t really feel ergonomic with the present measurement of telephones in the present day .

One other development I’ve seen is that Apple has been going with rather more muted colours throughout the iPhone lineup, particularly on the Professional fashions. Whereas we’ve had a number of fairly good Professional colours — like Pacific Blue, Alpine Inexperienced, and the newest, Deep Purple — Apple might do higher. I like my Deep Purple iPhone 14 Professional, however in most lighting, it tends to seem extra grey with a tinge of purple in it reasonably than precise purple.

Renders of iPhone 15 Pro in Space Black, Silver, Titan Gray, and Dark Blue colors.
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The iPhone 15 Professional colour lineup that’s rumored this 12 months appears to be exceptionally disappointing. The rumored colours are shaping as much as be Area Black, Silver, Titan Grey, and Darkish Blue — since Apple might also be eradicating the gold choice this 12 months. The reason being as a result of swap from stainless-steel to titanium, which is more durable so as to add colour to. However for those who have a look at the colours all collectively, they’re just about simply completely different shades of grey — and completely boring.

There was initially a report of a potential crimson pink colour, however that hasn’t popped up lately, which is worrisome. I’d take that over these very boring colours, even when I didn’t initially take care of it. It looks like Apple’s in a design rut with the iPhone proper now, and that’s not an important feeling.

The Nothing Telephone 2 exhibits the way it’s completed

The Nothing Phone 2 and Nothing Phone 1's Glyph lights.
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I introduced up the Nothing Telephone 2 earlier as a result of it’s rapidly turn out to be one in all my favourite Android cellphone designs. It’s utterly completely different from the usual, and it stands out. It brings pleasure again to the world of smartphones.

The Nothing Telephone 2 is the successor to the unique Nothing Telephone 1, which was solely launched within the U.Okay. and Germany. However the lately launched Nothing Telephone 2 is the primary Nothing Telephone to be launched in North America, which was a giant deal.

The Nothing Telephone 2 has a clear glass again that exhibits off among the inside parts of the cellphone, such because the wi-fi charging coil within the center. The Nothing Telephone additionally has the distinctive Glyph Interface, which is the LED lighting array beneath the clear pillowed glass again. The Glyph Interface on the Nothing Telephone 2 provides expanded performance by letting you utilize it as a visible timer, customise precedence notification, present charging progress, and assign completely different lighting sequences and sounds for particular person contacts.

Nothing Phone 2 held in hand with the Glyph Flashlight on.
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Although some might consider the Glyph Interface as a cool-looking gimmick, and it very effectively could possibly be, there’s quite a lot of performance to it as effectively. After I’m out, I wish to maintain my cellphone available on the desk after I’m consuming, however I maintain it facedown in order that I’m not continually distracted by notifications. I recognize that you could “Flip to Glyph,” which silences the cellphone and solely makes use of the Glyph lights to inform you of notifications and calls. There are additionally Important Glyph notifications, which can have a persistent mild displayed till you learn or dismiss the important app notification.

One other helpful function of the Glyph interface is with the ability to use your entire mild array for pictures. I typically discover that the one LED flash on most smartphones simply isn’t sufficient, however the Nothing Telephone 2 permits you to use your entire Glyph interface as a fill mild, illuminating the scene rather more than a single little LED. I like to think about it as a built-in ring mild on the cellphone — no extra equipment wanted!

Nothing Phone 2 lit up next to an iPhone 14 Pro.
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And although the LED flash makes for an excellent flashlight, you may also use the Glyph interface as a substitute, although it’s not as sturdy because the LED for that function. And if you wish to exhibit that your cellphone can mild up, utilizing the Glyph Flashlight from the Flashlight fast settings panel enables you to just do that. Battery life could also be affected, after all, however hey — you’ll be able to maintain these cool lights on on a regular basis if you’d like.

Despite the fact that quite a lot of Android telephones are additionally glass slabs, aside from foldables just like the Motorola Razr Plus, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and Google Pixel Fold, the Nothing Telephone 2 stands out from the gang. It’s the one extensively obtainable cellphone that’s clear, and it even has fairly lights. Certain, some might name it gimmicky, but it surely’s distinctive and completely different.

Nothing Phone 2 unlit on a Haunted Mansion placemat.
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Apple actually must innovate with the design of the iPhone as soon as once more. Beats, which has been Apple-owned since 2014, lately launched the Beats Studio Buds+ in a clear colour, which is arguably one of the vital spectacular (and most nostalgic) colour choices but. How cool would it not be if Apple had been to launch a clear iPhone in the future? I imply, it did have colourful, clear iMacs again within the day, keep in mind? It’s not out of the query — Apple simply must embrace its enjoyable facet as soon as extra.

Apple can be taught one thing from Nothing

Nothing Phone 2 and Deep Purple iPhone 14 Pro camera modules compared.
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With the iPhone 15 launch just some weeks away, I’m not anticipating any large change with the general look and design of the cellphone, after all. I’m excited in regards to the first-of-its-kind titanium body, however that it could be a purpose for making the colour lineup boring is disappointing if it’s true.

I hope that we are able to get a distinct iPhone aesthetic when the iPhone 16 or iPhone 17 comes round, nonetheless. I imply, after round 5 years or so, isn’t it time for a change in design? And perhaps some precise colours that folks need?

Possibly in the future, Apple could make the iPhone design enjoyable and attention-grabbing once more. I don’t suspect we’ll ever see an iPhone that appears just like the Nothing Telephone, however it’s an encouraging reminder that smartphones can nonetheless be enjoyable and thrilling — even when Apple doesn’t appear intent on making that occur proper now.

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