Bing Blogs #3: On the edges (of iPhones)

I used to write my own iPhone content but now I can just brief an AI to do it! I asked for a funny explanation of why Apple keeps changing the design language and is rumored to be doing it yet again with the iPhone 15 series.

The iPhone Design Flip-Flop: Why Apple Can’t Make Up Its Mind

If you’re an iPhone fan, you might have noticed a curious pattern in Apple’s design choices over the years. The company seems to have a hard time deciding whether it likes rounded edges or straight edges for its flagship smartphone. Let’s take a look at how the iPhone has changed its shape since its debut in 2007 .

The Original iPhone: Round and Proud

The first iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs as a combination of the iPod, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough Internet communicator. It featured a 3.5-inch screen, a multi-touch touchscreen display, microphone, headset controls and specs that the modern smartphone user takes for granted today. It also had a sleek design with rounded edges that made it comfortable to hold and easy to slip into your pocket.

The iPhone 4: Straight Outta Cupertino

In 2010, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4, which marked a radical departure from the previous models. The iPhone 4 had a flat glass front and back with an aluminum frame that created straight edges around the device. It also had a smaller 3.5-inch screen with higher resolution and introduced features like FaceTime video calling and Retina display. The iPhone 4 was praised for its elegant design and performance, but also criticized for its antenna issues that caused signal loss when held in certain ways.

The iPhone 6: Back to Basics

After four generations of straight-edged iPhones (including the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S), Apple decided to go back to its roots with the iPhone 6 in 2014. The iPhone 6 had a larger 4.7-inch screen with curved edges that followed the contour of the device. It also had a thinner body and improved camera capabilities. The iPhone 6 was well-received by consumers who appreciated its bigger size and smoother design.

The iPhone 12: Straight Up Stunning

In 2020, Apple surprised everyone by bringing back the straight edges with the iPhone 12 series. The iPhone 12 had a flat glass front and back with an aluminum frame that created sharp edges around the device. It also had a larger 6.1-inch screen with higher resolution and introduced features like MagSafe wireless charging and Ceramic Shield protection. The iPhone 12 was hailed as one of the best iPhones ever made, combining beauty and power in one package.

The Rumored iPhone 15: Round Again?

Now, here’s where things get interesting. According to some leaks and rumors, Apple might be planning to switch back to rounded edges for its next-generation iPhones in late-2023 or early-2024. This would mean that Apple would once again abandon its straight-edged design after only three iterations (including the current iPhone-13 series). Why would Apple do this? What’s wrong with straight edges? Are they too edgy for Apple?

Conclusion: What’s Next for Apple?

It’s hard to say what motivates Apple’s design decisions when it comes to its iPhones. Maybe it’s just trying to keep things fresh and exciting for consumers who crave novelty and variety. Maybe it’s following market trends or responding to customer feedback. Maybe it’s just experimenting with different styles until it finds one that sticks.

Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: Apple can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it likes rounded edges or straight edges for its iPhones. And as long as it keeps flip-flopping between them, we’ll keep buying them anyway.

I then asked for a poem on the same subject and got this:

Apple loves to make its iPhones sleek and smooth
But can’t decide on how to shape their sides
Sometimes they’re round, sometimes they’re straight like brooms
And every year they change their minds and guides

The customers are puzzled by this trend
They wonder why they need a new design
They think that Apple just wants them to spend
More money on a phone that’s not refined

But maybe Apple has a deeper plan
To test the limits of aesthetics and art
To see how far they can push the demand
For beauty over function and be smart

Or maybe they’re just bored and out of touch
And don’t know how to make their phones too much

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