The 6 reasons that the era of laptop is at the end, and the use of an enhanced smartphone could be a better alternative.
Ten years ago, laptop sales outperformed desktop PCs to become the dominant platform. Now they are going to suffer the same fate, for the benefit of the smartphone.
Apple seems to have exhausted the innovative ideas with regard to notebooks. Over the last ten years, Apple has paved the way for laptop PC innovation. With MacBook Air created the first ultrabook. It has moved the screen quality bar with Retina displays. The unibody aluminum body has been inspired by many competitors, and many innovations have been introduced to improve usability such as MagSafe connectors or Touch Touch Pad pads, as well as small but remarkable aesthetic details such as LED lights Which can be seen transparently in the aluminum body.
This creative vein, however, seems to have run out. After years when Apple laptops had basically the same design, the MacBook Pro 2016 has stirred reactions between the critic and the indifferent. The product symbol for professional laptops is definitely not very powerful (someone has called it a MacBook Air at the price of a MacBook Pro).
The company has eliminated the popular MagSafe connector, which, by disconnecting, avoids damage when it stumbles in the power cord, in favor of a USB C power connector.
And then there is the Touch Bar. Some like it, others hate it, but really few people really love it. In any case, it is a departure from the principles of elegance and simplicity.
The keyboard also generates conflicting reactions: the reduced run of the keys is annoying to someone. And the touchpad is really too big: Many complain of accidental actions activated with the palm of your hand.
The laptop seems to have lost its lifeblood, but there are other external factors that threaten its existence. Let’s see.
Closure of Airspace
British and American governments have recently imposed a ban on cargo and tablet cabs on scheduled flights from some African and Middle East countries. Passengers are obliged to take their laptops to the luggage compartment.
The ban would involve some explosions and fires on flights in Somalia, and it may be due to investigations into a conspiracy to put a bomb into an iPad shell, and according to some US policy sources, other countries could adopt similar prohibitions in the near future.
Transform iPhone into notebook – Apple patent
An image that accompanies Apple’s patent claim for a device that turns an iPhone into a notebook.
The iPhone would be plugged into the body at the point where the touch pad is usually located in the MacBook Pro. So the iPhone would not only represent CPU, storage, and connectivity of the device, but its screen would also make the touchpad Interactive version.
This solution would offer the experience of using a laptop at a lower price. Obviously it would use iOS instead of OS X, and would allow it to use a single device for everything.
If Samsung and Apple are pushing this route, it is likely that the rest of the industry will follow the tracks. A company called Sentio (formerly known as Andromium) has opened Kickstarter prefixes for a device called Superbook.
The Sentio Suberbook adds screen and keyboard in notebook configuration to Android smartphones.
It is basically a shell of a laptop powered by an Android smartphone. The cost is $ 119 for the base version with 768-pixel display, and $ 174 for the 1080p screen and backlit keyboard.
The pocket notebook alternative
The concept of docking station is certainly not new, not even when it comes to smartphones (think of Microsoft Continuum, for example). What’s new is to think of the docking station as a mainstream solution.
Another old idea that could soon come back to success is that of “clamshell” smartphones, or at least “libretto”.
In 1997, Psion had perfected the concept of Personal Digital Assistant, the dear, old “handheld” with a sublime industrial design example: the Psion Series 5. In a device that could still be held in his pocket, Psion was Managed to place a really usable keypad. Such perfection in shapes has been swept away since the birth of cell phones, which replaced the entire handheld category.
Now, Martin Riddiford, the same designer who created the Psion Series 5, is creating a device based on the same concepts but powered by a dual-boot Android / Linux smartphone called Gemini PDA. He is planning it for a company called Planet Computers, which opened a funding campaign on Indiegogo.
Born from the same designer as the Psion Series 5, the Gemini PDA is a dual-boot smartphone with Android and Linux, with a true keyboard and all-in-one specifications.
When closed, the Gemini PDA can be used as a phone. Open, you can use it as an Android smartphone with a keyboard, or like a Linux notebook that can be held in your pocket.
Also for this type of device, Apple has patented a shell iPhone, which uses a folding screen thanks to printed circuits using carbon nanotubes as a conductor.
For the young, the smartphone is already the PC
A ComScore search indicates that laptop use is declining among young people. 20 percent of the millennial uses the smartphone as the only digital device, and this percentage grows year after year. Demography, too, would play against the notebook.
Follow the money
The last nail on the notebook coffin cover is in your wallet. Today’s smartphones are impressive: PC performance, top cameras, incredible screens, and a series of sensors that enrich each and every day’s experience.
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Consumers willing to willingly pay 800 or 1,000 euros for a cry smartphone, shuffle their nose in front of a laptop that costs half of that figure.
On the one hand, the industry is therefore stimulated to produce smartphones, not PCs, because they sell more easily and at a higher price.
On the other hand, the consumer would gladly spend less on a computer if he had the opportunity to effectively replace it with a smartphone.