Apple's new iPhone 5 looks stunning. But the most significant thing about it isn't the new form factor, or the sweet Panorama picture taking capabilities, or the turn-by-turn maps functionality, or any of the new jazzy features.
The most significant thing about the iPhone is its fast LTE speed, which is on what by all measures looks to be an exponential curve.
The new iPhone5 can reach speeds of 100mpbs. That's probably about 10x to 100x as fast as your home cable or DSL connection. 100x, today. And who knows how fast the next iPhone will be. And what does this speed mean?
It means that the iPhone -- and all smartphones -- are becoming the brains behind your digital persona. As a human being, you're analog. The phone is digital. It's your gateway to the digital world. It's you, digitally, in your pocket.
This massive speed increase means that your phone becomes the brains of everything you interface with. Many media companies call mobile the "2nd screen," meaning it's a secondary device after the TV. That's wrong. Mobile isn't a screen at all. It's going to be the way you choose what content to watch, on any screen. The mobile phone replaces the cable box on top of your TV. Just look at AirPlay -- a way to send whatever you want to watch on your phone to a connected device, like a TV. Now imagine AirPlay-type capabilities on any surface, with the phone as the conductor of the symphony you call life.