Remember the good old days of modern technology? No, I’m not writing about refrigerators or air conditioners or stereo FM radios. Let’s take a brief walk back to yesteryear, to a time when Apple and the Mac were synonymous.
Just a couple of decades ago the Mac and the Windows PC reigned supreme on the technology landscape. Everything we did, we did on our Macs. Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs said the Mac was the hub of our digital lives. It was. But it’s not anymore. Today we’re entering a new era of modern tech, so it’s goodbye, Mac, goodbye, iPhone, hello, wearable technology.
We live in the era of fake news, fake outrage, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to determine was is truth and what is not. Closely associated with fake news must be truthiness, and while you won’t say goodbye to your Mac or iPhone any time soon, the truthiness of the matter is that things are changing and what’s old will be replaced by what’s new.
iPhones are not computing necessities any more than a Mac was back in the day. If you wanted to compute– use applications that do something valuable for you– you used a keyboard. Then, with the iPhone, some of those Mac and PC activities found a home in your pocket, tools as apps easily accessed and used by a fingertip touch. Over the period of a very few years, we offloaded some of our computing tasks– digital activities– to the iPhone and other smartphones.
Guess what? Offloading those tasks has not slowed down. In fact, it has speeded up notably in the past five years and I predict it will continue for years to come. Today, an iPad Pro with a keyboard can handle many tasks once reserved for the Mac and Apple’s iconic tablet– arguably, of course– is more mobile and easier to use.
What of the Watch trend? Actually, it’s a wearable technology trend, and just as it took Apple more than a few years to make the iPhone the world’s top selling smartphone brand, wearable technology will not catch on with the masses overnight. But it will catch on. Apple Watch is a wearable, and just as iPhone and iPad took tasks away from the Mac and Windows PCs, Watch makes using an iPhone more convenient. No more fishing around in pocket, bag, or backpack for the ringing smartphone. Watch answers. Watch alerts. Watch notifies. Watch, with Siri, performs actions; tasks once reserved for the smartphone.
If wearables are a thing, then why didn’t Google Glass make it and why would Apple Glasses be any different? Well, Glass was far too futuristic, more visibly intrusive, and just too Borg-like. Oh, and a big fail. But wearables are here, growing in number and improving in functionality, and it seems logical to see Apple Glasses as a next level in the future. No, at least not initially, Glasses will not replace iPhone or Watch. But unlike the Borg inspired Google Glass line, Apple Glasses will look like real glasses, but come with more offloaded functionality from iPhone.
Watch technology already is small, compact, unobtrusive, but not yet standalone. As the technology matures, it will gain more functionality, and one of the benefits will be a standalone Watch, not tethered to the iPhone, but tethered to the cloud like everything else. As the tech grows more capable, it also grows smaller in size, and the next big thing will be the augmented reality that Apple brings to an ordinary pair of glasses, with information displayed on the lenses, but controlled with eye movements and voice commands, via Siri.
Do you doubt that such a device is being worked on within the hallowed halls and dungeons of Apple’s One Infinite Loop complex in Cupertino? Wearable tech isn’t just coming, it’s already here, it’s growing, and it will get better.
Go back a decade and you’d have probably been laughed at if you’d said that the smartphone was going to wipe the floor with PCs and that they’d become as influential and disruptive as they did.
Look back 10 years to see the changes made in modern mobile technology, then extrapolate those changes over the next 10 years. Goodbye, iPhone. Hello, wearable tech.