When Steve Jobs said that the iPhone would change the world in 2007, we all just nodded our heads, enthralled with the idea of mobile computing. Time with our phones has quickly outpaced time spent with our gaming consoles, e-readers and dictionaries. We can do just about anything we want from the iPhone.
Put the controllers down; all you need is your phone to have access to the most popular gaming platform. It might not be the only full-touch control gaming device (think Android phones), but it’s certainly the most popular out there.
iPhone gaming has taken new heights and inspired a line of peripherals with graphics that perform better than on some laptops. A year ago, the Unreal engine that powers games likes Bioshock, Mass Effect and Gears of War was used to create Epic Citadel, an iPhone game. The game itself wasn’t entirely successful, which many people blame on a loose storyline and not enough variety in the action.
What it actually means, though, is that iPhone games are progressing rapidly. They’re becoming just as good as console games, even if they are more condensed. Though many feel like the iPhone is the bastion of casual games, there are very serious, very legitimate games in the App Store.
For students, the relationship between phones and life becomes even deeper. They’re using their phones for flashcards and writing quizzes for themselves on it. Online learning opportunities for college students become convenient enough that a student can take their studies on the road or even get in some reading time at work or when they’re commuting.
Apps like Kindle and Nook help students even more since they can rent and borrow books and textbooks from libraries and stores across the nation. Kindle even has an e-textbook program through the Amazon App Store.
The iPhone is especially great for college students because of programs like myHomework, which allow them the ultimate in custom organization. The influx of apps means that organizations can become intensely personalized to a demographic, and students are definitely taking advantage of that.
By now, you’ve probably seen the study that was done to prove our brains are now storing things differently because of technology. Instead of remembering what things mean, we remember where we can look them up.
If you’re lost, you don’t grab your phone to call someone; you open up your navigation application and find your way out. If you need to look something up, you open up your Wikipedia app and find your answer there. If there’s anything you need, you can always find it through your phone.
iPhones have it set firmly into our minds that if you need something, it will be there for you. If you can’t find the proper app, you’re either not looking hard enough or you just have to wait a few weeks for it to be developed.