PCs are out…sort of
Tablets are the new ‘in’
(Smart) Phones have always been and will be ‘in’.
Short and to the point.
Someone needs to build a docking station for a tablet or phone that has a regular keyboard and touch screen monitor connected to it. Yes, just like a laptop does now but is also power boosted by a “PC”. Follow? Basically work is performed on the PC but everything is stored on the tablet or phone so that you have everything when you are on the go. That or someone needs to build a tablet that can operate on the same level as a PC. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
It only makes sense really. All new software is becoming touch enabled and hardware is too. More and more people are going to tablets and smart phones but these are not really conducive to ‘production’. Some will argue to the contrary of course but in your heart, you know it’s true.
I would love to have this set up (tablet docking) connected to something like this.
This is the Wacom Cintiq 24HD Touch Tablet and I think it would be awesome in a set up like I am talking about.
So who is going to do this?
Apple could but I really don’t see them doing it cause the only reason to do it is to be PRODUCTIVE and as we all know, Apple does not produce a product that is productive except for their Apple (PC). Which at the price they ask for it, one can get a PC with all the same bells and whistles and probably a little more for less. Besides, PC sales suck across the board and probably even more so for Apple.
Let’s face it. Apple produces products that consume, not produce. I know, I know but to repeat myself from above, “Some will argue to the contrary of course but in your heart, you know it’s true.” Although, after having just said that I am willing to add, “for what they are now known for” to that statement. They are more known for the iPhone and iPad than anything else followed by the Mac Pro laptop. PC’s? nada.
Apple USED to be a company that produced great, awesome machines (and OS) that helped you be productive. Now? Not so much. I see a ‘re-inventing’ for Apple in the near future.
Could it be Dell? I don’t think so. Dell has had an identity problem ever since Michael left the company and like I said above, PC sales are tanking for everyone and it’s no secret Dell has been moving away from hardware and more towards services. Not that they are or ever will walk away form PCs but PC sales are not what they used to be, especially for the home user/buyer. More and more people are going to just a tablet or their phone. Besides, latest on Wall Street has Dell in buy-out talks with several private equity firms (funded by Microsoft) for $13 to $14 a share. So I would guess they are more concerned with that than developing new hardware.
Toshiba? Possibly , I could see them becoming a player in a set up like this.
So by default, that leaves Microsoft. Even though they are not a hardware company it does look like they are moving in that direction which is evident by their Surface tablet (IMHO “Surface” will soon be a M-Soft brand) and news (okay, rumors really) about M-Soft wanting to put out their own (Surface branded?) phone. But as I stated above, Microsoft is looking into becoming an investor in the buy-out of Dell. Could it be that M-Soft is looking to use this as a launching point into the hardware universe? Could the new name of Dell soon be changed to Surface Inc.?
Possible, M-Soft already have the OS that spans the three devices. W8 is a great OS in that you can run it on the PC, the Surface tablet and the phone. They all are the same. What works on one works on all (within reason) but not all third party applications (apps) are written for all devices and if you have the RT version of the Surface, then you do have limitations when it comes to standard app suite like Office. See here for the differences between Surface Pro and Surface RT. From my understanding, W8 for a PC and W8 for the Pro are one and the same.
There are others but personally, as crazy as this sounds, I think M-Soft is going to make a play in hardware. SO look for “Surface” to become a brand in the near future.