I see something in the iPhone that not many folks I’ve talked to see, and it may be why Apple’s focus could shift (HAS SHIFTED) from laptops to devices…
There was a lot of chatter form Mac loyalists over the past week when Apple announced little news on improved Macbooks in favor of more iPod and iTunes player products. It seemed those Macbook owners of 2 years or more, that are seeing their laptops begin to fall apart (good looking, poorly built) are wanting better built and better performing computers. I’m starting to think that Apple followers are more fans of the OS than the hardware — but as long as Apple continues to control their own hardware (this is great for them and their users for many reasons), the only way to get their OS is through their systems.
So back to the iPhone, I’ve started looking at it not as just a phone, nor wireless device… not even a communications device. But rather a portable CPU. The iPhone is a central processing unit that you take with you. Apple may want to transfer the CPU, currently sitting on your lap or on your desk, to exist in your pocket and be used in your hand.
How many more iPhone versions will it take to get to this scenario?:
– User gets to work
– Takes the iPhone out of pocket
– Docks it on the charger, in between their LCD monitor and keyboard (with touch interface).
– Upon docking, the monitor loads up with the phone’s display, and the keyboard becomes enabled
– The iPhone already has wireless connection, but could tap into your work’s LAN.
– Upon connecting online, or even detecting your work network, it connects to a larger Hard Drive (in the cloud)
– When storing files, you get the option to store them locally on the phone’s local storage OR on the cloud, when connected.
– User undocks phone and takes it to conference room for meeting, where they can tap into to either projector or individual display at the conference table.
– User travels and they already have their system with them.
This means no more big desktops. This means no more laptops.
Apple isn’t the only company that can take us there, but with the iPhone, they seem closest to it.
I think it would lead to a much more productive, cost effective and energy efficient future for computing.