Artwork and pictures made using artificial programs seem to be popping up everywhere these days. From the free version Craiyon to the professional DALL-E and Midjourney, AI generation of images based on text prompts is making a splash in nearly every field. With the new iPhone 14 coming out, tech resale website Decluttr decided to use AI to jump into the future and see what the smartphone will look like in years to come. The results are undeniably futuristic, with fluorescent screens that look more gel than glass. But they also show charging stands and the return of the home button. We’ll have to wait and see if AI got this prediction right.
Decluttr is a website marketplace for buying refurbished technology and selling your old devices. The team used Midjourney AI to envision future iPhones. Most of the images retain the rectangular shape we’re used to. However, various ports, camera lenses, and buttons are also still present. There’s even a watch version, or at least we think that’s the implication of an arm in the background of the middle image above.
There’s a multi-dimensional feeling to these future phones that definitely give them that science fiction vibe. Think more like the holographic elements from The Expanse rather than the data pads of Star Trek. But are colorful lights and different shaped buttons the main upgrades we can expect from the iPhones of the future? Only time will tell.
Midjourney has been especially busy recently. It helped fan-cast Tom Holland as Link in a Legend of Zelda movie that doesn’t exist. It was also used to create some seriously creepy versions of what Simpsons characters would look like in real life. People just can’t seem to help asking artificial intelligence for insights into alternate realities.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.