Note: I don’t have a grand insight or Thought Leadership Lesson of The Day to make with this story. It’s just something I noticed.
I’m working in my brother’s kitchen for the morning. My iPhone often sits next to my Mac so I can answer things like phone-only SMS or Path Talk messages. But with Continuity coming to iOS 8 and Yosemite, we can at least send/receive SMS from Mac now. Yes, it’s great. You can also answer and dismiss incoming calls from your Mac, too.
A common occurrence, I also needed to get out my iPad to check something, so now it’s on the opposite side of my Mac from my iPhone.
That’s three screens, three cameras pointed in my general direction, and three microphones always ready to record. But hopefully these are laying dormant when not in use because we trust Apple to not be creepy so hopefully it isn’t doing creepy stuff and all my third-party apps haven’t found a way around Apple’s technical boundaries to do creepy stuff on their own.
All of this visual and audio recording stuff is within arm’s reach right now. At least one of these devices and its recording abilities is always in my pocket or a bag, tagging along with me day in and out. My iPhone has been my alarm clock practically since the beginning. In fact, since the dawn of the smartphone, or perhaps the iPhone for most people, I can’t think of a time when I’ve been more than about 30 feet away from a screen, microphone, and camera. I have most likely never been out of earshot of these devices.
It’s something to think about.
[photo by nayukim]