Phoneblocs – The iPhone I wish Apple was making
If there is one thing Apple isn’t known for, it’s upgradeability. As a traditionally hardware-based company, it’s in Apple’s best interest for you to throw away your iPhone, MacBook, or iMac every 2-3 years or so if you decide you want something as simple as more storage space or even RAM. Long-time readers are likely sick to death of my call for more storage space on the iPhone, as with each subsequent version Apple encourages us to take larger photos and videos.
But one hopeful tech upstart has an idea that can potentially help future-proof your mobile phone in a way that appears to be so simple you wonder how no one thought of it before. Phone Blocs is the brainchild of Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, and at the moment is really nothing more than a kickstarter video. But take a look at that video and tell me if you do not think the idea is kind of brilliant.
Now, odds are the reason an idea this simple has never been made is because while it works great in theory, perhaps the practicality of such a device would run into some technological obstacles. Such as while it’s nice to imagine snapping in a faster processor when a new one becomes available, often leaps in one technology require other aspects, such as the speed of connections to that processor, to also be updated in order to reap the benefits. Still, the idea of being able to customize your phone to suit your lifestyle, like adding a giant battery or bigger camera, is really cool, even if only the Android world would be likely to entertain such an idea.