The Smartphone's FUTURE is Banal Utility

Arek Wylegalski, who invests in technology for a living, doesn’t know what version iPhone he owns. He’s not sure if it has FaceID, but he thinks it might. He’s a partner at the tech investment firm FirstMinute Capital. When we met in August in San Francisco at a startup pitch fest, it looked like an iPhone 7 or 8 to me. Its screen had cracked. 

As most of the world arrives at a smartphone-saturated future, the United States’ Silicon Valley is neck-deep in a backlash against it.

Perhaps more than anyone else, those who work in technology are doing their best to back off in their personal lives.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted in March that he uses his phone a bit more than 6 hours a day to simultaneously helm two companies worth nearly $30 billion each.

And yet Dorsey has also chronicled his affection for monastic, low-tech vacations like silent meditation retreats. Blackberry devotees have written long articles about why they’ve switched back to their dumbphones from the more addictive alternatives. Silicon Valley parents are contractually obligating their nannies to police children’s phone habits. 

Apple investors begged the comp