Afkarnews- On the other hand, smartphones are becoming ubiquitous. One look at Samsung ' s Galaxy S۳ and it looks like the newest, and perhaps even sexiest, version of, well, a smartphone, CNET reported.

The problem with the word smartphone is that part of it has become a little old - - redundant, even. That part isn ' t the smart part. It ' s the phone part.

In calling something a " smartphone, " you ' re telling people that the core of it is still a phone - - a machine whose top part you put to your ear and whose bottom part you put to your lips. Yes, just like Alexander Graham Bell might have done.

Yet for many people that phone part is the least of their concerns. Their iPhones are for e - mailing, texting, tweeting, app - loading and, most of all, locating potential lovers on Facebook and staring at their pictures.

That thing in their pockets is something that is operated solely by the hands and eyes, not the ears and lips.

While the iPhone franchise has been delightfully successful, perhaps now is the time to ditch the phone part and make people feel that the new, new thing is something entirely new.

When one looks at the rumors about iPhone ۵, how many of them suggest an improvement to the " phone " part of the offering?

The screen will be bigger (is Apple playing catch-up?), the camera lens might be enhanced, there might be easier ways to make payments and faster network support. And, goodness, let's not forget that smaller dock connector.