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article imageGlobal excitement around Apple’s newest iPhone stretches to China

By Drew Hendricks     Nov 10, 2014 in Technology
When Apple announced its plans to release two new iPhones, the news set off a tremor that went all the way around the world. In China, the world’s largest mobile market, people are lining up to purchase the newest version of smartphone technology.
While the sales numbers are expected to be record-breaking, there’s more to the story than just the figures. The excitement and anticipation reveals something much more important about today’s society: Mobile technology has completely changed and revolutionized the way people see the world.
China’s iPhone 6 preorders
Within the first six hours of accepting preorders, 1 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were sold in China. Between October 10 and 13, more than 20 million units were preordered by Chinese consumers.
Prior to the preorders in China, Apple had already reported the sale of more than 21 million units during the first few weeks on sale. Those numbers came from some 30-plus markets.
What does it say about China that there are almost as many preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in four days than there were actual sales around the world over a period of weeks? In the most fundamental manner, it says that China — and the world — is crazy about mobile technology.
Mobile technology at its finest
While mobile technology has been around for decades, it’s only just entered the mainstream in the last decade or two. How have we gotten to where we are now?
What causes a society that was once hesitant to believe household computers would ever be practical to start spending billions of dollars on a single smartphone?
Let’s take a look at how the technology has evolved:
Desktop computers. When desktop computers first entered homes across the world, this opened up entirely new avenues for personal and business use. For the first time ever, people had access to technology that had previously been reserved for large corporations and technology gurus.
Laptops. As the demand for computers grew and technologies developed, personal laptop computers were introduced to the market. These smaller, wireless computers gave business people access to files and data on the go.
PDAs. For a brief period in the mid to late 1990s, PDAs became popular. You could say they were a prototype for modern smartphones and tablets, but they failed to catch on the way their current counterparts have.
Smartphones. When Steve Jobs and Apple released the first iPhone on June 29, 2007, nobody fully anticipated the effect it would eventually have on the global landscape. Here we are, less than a decade later, and smartphones have radically altered the way we live, work, and play.
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Tablets. As it has made a habit of doing, Apple also introduced the first modern tablet in 2010. Just as the iPhone had, the iPad created an entirely new segment of the technology industry as dozens of competitors soon appeared on the market with their own versions.
Wearable devices. While we are still a few months out on this one, wearable technology and devices appear to be the next technological stage. In conjunction with the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple also revealed plans to release the Apple Watch in 2015. Also expected to be released to the public in 2015 is Google Glass, a wearable computer that resembles a pair of oversized spectacles.
China provides a glimpse of the future
As anyone can see, mobile technology shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the speed of penetration only seems to be increasing.
China’s incredible receptiveness to the newest iPhone release indicates a global trend that mobile technology is becoming completely intertwined and integrated into our personal lives.
What then could our proclivity for mobile technology bode for the future?
Geographical borders are weakened. Fifty, twenty, even as recently as ten years ago, political and geographical borders posed a serious limitation on almost every aspect of life. Business, personal relationships, and mass communication were all inhibited by a lack of connectivity.
However, as mobile technology has spread, many borders have diminished. A business in China can now easily communicate with a customer in California in real time. In the coming years, borders will likely continue to dissolve.
Economies will start to blend. While each country’s economy will continue to remain its own, we are starting to see some blurring. This is especially true as e-commerce sites, virtual payment technology, and mobile payment technology continue to become more pervasive. Money is changing hands more rapidly, and consumers are no longer limited to making purchases within their own nation’s borders.
Technology is steadily becoming who we are. While it’s hard to imagine robotic people and computerized humans of the sort sci-fi moves tend to depict, it’s just as difficult to argue against the fact that technology is creeping its way into our core identity.
What started as wired desktop computers has inevitably progressed to wearable technology. What will be the next step?
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