As early as January 27, 2010, an thinker announced the “death” of the PC. At 10 a.m. Pacific time, Steve Jobs pulled out his iPad at a sand launch site in San Francisco. However, as an “endangered species”, the then “time traveler” did not speculate on the evolution and survival of the PC. Not so long ago, technical experts were convinced that by 2020, traditional personal computers would be extinct.
2019 MacBook Air (Instagram via ZDNet)
In fact, PCs have been “killed many times”, such as Nicholas Carr’s new Republic post that “The PC is officially dead today.”
A few months later, CNN Money announced the “end of desktop” with a chart. In April 2013, Forbes said that “the demise of the PC has not been overstated”.
It wasn’t until 2017 that The Inquirer said, “The PC is not dead, the market is stabilizing.” For a market that has been strong for 10 years, the VITALITy of the PC is still quite tenacious.
Looking back a decade from 2020, we can see that the market landscape has changed somewhat, but not as many people expect.
From the trend point of view, the netbook, which had been high hopes, has been ruthlessly abandoned because of its slow speed and ugly appearance. Consumers are more likely to pay the same price for a real PC.
In addition, with the increasing performance of mobile devices, large-screen smartphones have taken on many of the tasks of traditional PCs.
At the same time, PC manufacturers realize that there are at least two types of customers who are still willing to pay a premium for their PCs — commercial and gaming players. With this in mind, many OEMs have increased their investments in both parts.
Desktop PCs have not changed much over the past decade, but the portable PC market has changed dramatically. The image above shows the 2020 Alienware notebook with a large number of extended ports, but the 2019 MacBook Air is already fairly thin.
Led by Apple, many OEMs are aligning their MacBook Air with a thin design, and optical drives, and even wired Ethernet ports, are fading out of consumer sight.
At the same time, touch screens and deformations are already quite common. But in 2010, Microsoft’s first Windows 7 touchscreen PC was quickly snapped up by Apple’s iPad tablet.
In addition, solid state storage (SSD) is becoming a standard for PCs. The traditional mechanical hard drives (HDDs), which are slow, expensive, noisy and non-seismic, are increasingly inthe disallowing.
At the same time, we would like to thank the development of battery and energy-saving technology. In 2010, the 5-6 hours of sailing were already quite impressive.
However, with the reasonable provisioning of CPU, chipset, system software, and power management policies, battery life can be easily doubled.
To reduce the weight of the body, the laptop’s ports are getting smaller and smaller. Video output, Ethernet, data transfer, and even power ports can be replaced by full-featured USB Type-C connectors.
Finally, talk about software and services: Over the past 10 years, many softwares have been inspired by a variety of clouds, bringing users more powerful features and convenience sensing experiences.
Some of the more well-known are Office 365, which was launched in 2011, and SkyDrive, which changed its name to OneDrive in 2014, though the internet wasn’t fast enough.
Wireless networks are now ubiquitous and faster. Web-based services are systematically eliminating the last dependence on boxed software.
With the spread of ARM devices and 5G connectivity, the future will become even more incalculable.