Every time I pick up my iPhone lately, I’ve been asking myself: Why do we call this a “phone”?
If my “phone” habits are any indicator, we shouldn’t be calling this a phone at all. On the iPhone, I don’t like taking phone calls. I’ve moved the green phone application button away from the bottom tray and replaced it with other apps I use frequently. If Apple allowed us to actually delete the phone app, I’d bet some of us would do it right away. In our evolving relationship with mobile phones, I wonder when we are going to stop calling it a “phone.” It’s semantics, but the words are important and affect our mindset. If we’re using precise language, these devices are really computers with data-collecting sensors and processors that happen to have voice capabilities as a feature.