If there’s a more powerful rumor mill than the one that surrounds Apple Inc., I don’t know what it is. It’s become such a crazy sport that Apple is being criticized for not entering markets that don’t really exist yet.
Can you say iWatch? When looking forward it’s easy to disparage Apple for not tipping their hand to reveal what they’re working on today. Google did it with Glass (it’s a little creepy). You and I can do it with a little product and performance extrapolation.
The Future Is Visible Now
Allow me the privilege of sticking my neck out on a limb and say the obvious. The future has a path and some of it can be seen by looking backwards to where we’ve been.
Take basic computing. It started with huge, monstrous, horridly expensive, and complex machines available to the privileged few.
Then the PC revolution hit the masses and many of us had access to a desktop and then notebook computer; most of which became connected to a vast network.
‘Big and expensive available to a few‘ became small and inexpensive and available to everyone.
We’re at the beginning of the mobile revolution of computing with iPhone and iPad. To be fair, an iPhone is not a Mac Pro with Photoshop and Illustrator, but it doesn’t have to be.
Both iPhone and iPad epitomize personal, mobile computing for the now generation. Again, smaller, less expensive, available to all, and networked everywhere, all the time.
Based on the recent past can you see where personal computing is going?
Smaller, less expensive, available to all, and networked everywhere, all the time. And, one more thing. The interface gets personal.
The Mac heralded public acceptance of fingertip point and click. The iPhone and iPad heralded the fingertip interface tool for even smaller, mobile devices.
Let’s suppose for a moment that Siri is an infant just now learning to talk. As our mobile computing devices get smaller, more powerful, with longer lasting batteries, and better communication skills, and perhaps wearable (as watch, bracelet, earring, jewelry, glasses, or even attached to our clothing), we’ll need to change the interface action.
Fingers just won’t do. But Siri, as she grows from infant with a clearly limited vocabulary, to elementary school age, to teenager, to young adult with a more complex vocabulary and capability, could easily do much of what we do now with fingers, buttons, and keyboards.
Again, based on the recent past we can see that the future of mobile computing will be smaller and less expensive and still well connected– but the interface and how we communicate with the device will need to change.
iWatch or iBracelet or iGlasses may be interim steps to a device we wear but communicate to through– not touch or fingers or keyboard– but through simple verbal communication.
Does anyone not think that Apple is working in that direction?