Do Apple trends hail a new direction?
Earlier this week Apple announced some new hardware, as well as developments in its desktop and mobile operating systems. David Pogue wrote a helpful summary in An Explanation of the News From Apple. At the end of his article, the New York Times tech pundit summarizes four trends Apple is setting:
- Discs are out.
Tablets and slim laptops don’t have them. Nearly everything we want is in the cloud.
- Ethernet is out.
No more cables for connecting to the Internet. Everything connects without wires.
- Hard drives are out.
The cost and size of memory chips keep dropping, while their capacity rises.
- Speech is in.
Siri is hugely popular and Apple’s newest operating systems will feature built-in dictation across the board.
Does all this make you want to shout, “Wait just a minute, I like my DVDs!” Pogue talks about this backlash in a follow up article, Pondering the Rest of the Apple Announcements:
It’s a movie that we’ve all seen before. Over and over and over. Remember when Apple killed off the floppy drive? The dial-up modem? The removable battery?
In the end, Apple will probably be right about moving on. And that may simply be a self-fulfilling prophesy, owing to the company’s mammoth influence on the tech marketplace.