INPUT | PROCESSING / memory | OUTPUT (feedback) |
shows the phone and tablet as having the same Processing/memory as the PC. The only difference is in INPUT and OUTPUT. Therefore, the way to remove PCs from the world is fairly straightforward: allow phones the same input and output options. This can be done with bluetooth keyboards and a video connector to access a larger screen. Being able to connect to a printer would also be a nice effect.
With data in the cloud, there is little reason for such a device to not exist. Why it doesn't yet, I have no idea. MY understanding is that was EXACTLY where Apple was going, until Jobs died. Then the cowards took over and they're doing a rear guard action ever since, viz, the cylindrical / inferior MacPro, etc. The iPad should be the new MacBookPro by now, but, that would take vision and guts, something not found at Apple sans Jobs, or in Japan (culturally) or at Microsoft (ever). Maybe Google will put something together.
What we're looking at is (as noted by others here) that PCs are a VERY mature market. You can only do word processing so fast. If an app complies in 5 minutes, you're not gaining that much labour time by doubling the speed to 2min 30sec. And if an action takes 10 seconds, and you can do it in 1 with some new crazy processor, you're not gaining that much. There ARE applications where speed matters (rendering video, for example) but those are edge cases, not the majority. Remember when benchmarking was done with an "Unsharp mask filter on a 40meg Photoshop file"? How long does that take anymore? A second? Two? We're in the land of Good Enough Computing. And if there is anything that should keep AI fundies like Kurzweil awake at night, it's that. It's not that we can't use more speed and power, we just don't need it for 99% of what we do, and so our money will go into things are are technologically "inferior" but infinitely practical and dirt cheap.
So, yeah - Apple, MS, Samsung, whoever - they could kill the PC tomorrow. Just let datapads multitask, power USB (for keyboard / mouse / graphics tablet / printer etc), and have a convenient HDMI port out. Most of those things already exist to a certain degree already - so now it's just a matter of time before the iOS / Chrome / Windows / Android catch up to the need.
in other words, state sanctioned VIOLENCE.
When was the last time a sea turtle ever reported to a human that they were trapped in a shipwreck? Never, that's when, and that's why you've never heard about a sea turtle getting stuck in a shipwreck. It's not that it doesn't happen, its that it's never reported due do the fact that turtles and people don't speak the same language...
Easy to repair
So I open up a bunch of FB notifications and they all appear in tabs. Once the horizontal of the tabs is filled, an arrow down tab appears, letting you access extra tabs, right? Wrong. It lists ALL the tabs, nd you have to scroll down to the end to find the most recent ones...
Now, over the years my eyes are not as good as they were, so I have to CTRL-+ a few times to be able to read stuff easily. So, the entire interface scales up and the stupid tabs and wasted space crowd out the text, leaving me with one or two lines of text to type into. Heck - I have the same mag here in slashdot, and I can see most of my post so far.
And then some times when I open Yahoo it barks at me that my screen res is too low (which is bullshit - it's 1920 x 1280 as usual).
And while I detest Google's threaded system, at least when you start typing someone's name in the search bar, it automagically finds the person you're looking for.
Yahoo would be better stripping down the UI - reduce the glitz and colours, ditch the tabbed UI, and just make something that WORKS.
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