It was not that long ago that, if we wanted to check our email, surf the internet, or type up a document, we had to go home or to the office, and sit down in front of our computers. With the introduction of lap-tops, computing became portable but still a bit cumbersome, carrying them around in briefcases or in their own dedicated cases. But all that has changed with the use of smart phones, tablets, and iOS devices.
In an article by Michelle Maltais,in the Los Angeles Times, Tablet sales are expected to grow sharply from 56 million in 2011 to 375 million in 2016, according to
results she cites from Forrester ResearchThe. Tablets will replace the computer as the digital hub. Smart phones, computers, and content stored in cloud services will all be connected. And with this evolution, Apple is expected to maintain its dominance.
Todd Pheifer, in an article on voices.yahoo.com, says the tablet is starting to take some of the market share away from the desktop and laptop computers. Each of his devices gets used, depending on where he is and what he needs to do. Therefore, he doesn’t think that the computer is vanishing anytime soon.
In 2 and a half years, Apple has sold over 100 million iPads, John Fox relates on ign.com. Over 91% of web traffic on tablets, In the last year, came from iPads. In the first weekend after the iPhone 5 was introduced, more than 5 million were ordered, and over 3 million iPods were shipped after it was announced.
Clearly, portable devices are becoming more and more popular, and are purchased by more and more people. Personally, I still have my Macbook, but I use my iOS devices for so many tasks I can still do on the computer, but prefer the portability. I would love to eventually use iOS devices exclusively, eliminating the need for a computer, even a lightweight laptop like the Macbook Air.
Which side of the fence are you on? Are you on the side with the desktops and laptops, or are you on the side with the portable devices? Perhaps you are on the fence, turning your head from side to side, watching, listening, thinking, deciding, and using something from each? Do you want to have desktops and laptops around in the future, or would it not matter to you if they were to disappear?? Leave your thoughts and comments below…