Standing in line to purchase an iPad 2, I thought to myself: „What’s up next?“
What new invention is Apple coming up with in the future?
I don’t mean something like the iPhone 7 with integrated projector or an in-ear iPod.
What new device class are they going to conquer and be followed by competitors?
Side remark here: I’m not a total Apple freak but seeing the market situation, I don’t see any other company’s inventions generating such a hype and follow ups.
During my university years I stumbled across Mark Weiser’s ideas on ubiquitous computing.
Within the idea of unconcious, connected, everywhere computing, he developed the idea of three device classes substituting the good old home PC:
Keep in mind that this was 1988, only a few years after someone supposedly said that 640kb ought to be enough for anybody.
We got them all, even if there is still a gap between Weiser’s vision and current reality.
But Apple only put a lable on the first two device classes up till now. We have multifunctional devices that we carry around all the time and sometimes even phone with. We have tabs and portable computers we can easily take to a meeting or bed.
Everything is synced and cloudy. We don’t need to know how exactly it works, as it simply works – most of the time. Ever read a manual for an iPhone or iPad? It’s basically: „Turn it on.“
And yes, we have bigger devices called TV, but some of them still with CRT display! There are some little boxes we can connect to those things, to pimp ‘em, but that feels like installing a race-car steering-wheel in your Trabant to make it faster.
See where I’m going?
They are gonna stuff the AppleTV hardware in a flat metre-sized screen-device, add some cameras and sensors for facetime and gaming, give it a nice flat look and hang it on a wall.
With Apples technology establishing a market for functional, powerful, user-friendly devices, we are approaching ubiquitous computing.