Welcome!

iPhone Authors: Shelly Palmer, Michael Shaulov, Elizabeth White, Kevin Benedict, Yeshim Deniz

Blog Feed Post

Laptops Are Drowning in a Sea of Smartphones

On Monday, Barack Obama’s second inauguration marked the start of the second term for our country’s 44th President as well as proof (on a national scale) that we have officially entered the post-PC era.

Chances are you’ve seen this picture floating around the internet:

A Sea of Smartphones

What’s the first thing you notice? Maybe it’s the POTUS and FLOTUS partaking in their traditional first dance. More likely, it’s the sea of screens that dominates the lower two-thirds of the image.

Phones are more powerful than ever before. Along with tablets, they are killing the laptop and desktop market. This was crystal clear at CES 2013, where North Hall was flooded with all things iPhone, yet you could count on one hand the number of companies showing off a laptop. The complete and utter lack of laptops was so jarring that Gizmodo’s “Best of CES” article for laptops was titled, “What laptops?”

Further marking the end of an era, Intel announced earlier this week that within three years, it is ceasing production of desktop motherboards. Tablets… what have you done?!

Rest in Peace, Computers

Smartphones and tablets are not only killing off the PC, but big retail chains like Best Buy as well. When you walk down one of Amazon’s physical showrooms… sorry, I mean Best Buys… you see aisle after aisle of technology that we pack into our pockets on a daily basis. GPS… check. Digital cameras… check. E-readers… check. The list goes on.

If you happened to walk into a Best Buy store a mere two years ago, it would be hard to be sold on the idea of a tablet, or the idea that they would kill the laptop. Of the few lining the shelves, none were cheaper than $499 and the only model with any brand recognition was, of course, Apple’s iPad.

Cheaper, Cheaper, Cheaper

But here we are, at the start of 2013, not only with multiple tablet options under $200, but with multiple good tablet options at that price point. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is as cheap as $169. Google’s Nexus 7 is $199. Even Apple, King of the post-PC market, entered the cheaper tablet market in 2012 with the iPad Mini and its $329 price point.

So where does all of this leave laptops? Before we get to the really bad news, it’s important to note that some tablets can actually help boost laptop sales.

Savior in a Seven-Inch Form Factor

It’s estimated that tablets can do 80 percent of what a laptop can do, with the only exceptions being typing intensive or processor intensive processes. While accessories like Bluetooth keyboards further blur the line between laptop and full-sized tablets, the expansion and popularity of 7” tablets with fewer capabilities means that more and more people are still going to need a workhorse around to get lots their real work done. 7” tablets can be an effective e-reader, email checker, internet and gaming machine, but it’s not truly a work unit. If your only tablet is a Nexus 7, chances are you’re going to have a laptop around, too. Of course, that’s today. It will not be true for long.

But Then, There’s Bad News

In December, technology research firm IDC published a study that said laptops growth would rise 31 percent in the next four years, while tablet sales would grow by 131 percent in the same period. Even if the laptop growth number is right – which no other numbers I’ve found seem to suggest is true – the tablet growth is more than four times that of the laptop. That’s not just a defeat – that’s a massacre.

Things are so bad for the laptop right now that laptop shipments declined for the first time since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Things aren’t about to improve, either. Experts predict that tablets will start outselling laptops by 2016.

What Kind of Numbers Are We Talking About?

In September 2012, Apple sold its 100 millionth iPad. By 2014, we’re going to be buying more than 200 million tablets annually. We’re still buying 300 million laptops and desktops per year, but that growth has stalled. While IDC seems more optimistic about the four-year growth of laptops, the firm also projected that laptop growth would only increase by 1% in 2013.

But let’s not forget about smartphones. Earlier this week, Apple released its quarterly sales numbers, which show that the company sold 47.8 million iPhones last quarter, en route to the second most profitable quarter in tech history.

The iPhone’s biggest competitor is the Samsung Galaxy, the fourth installment of which is projected to hit store shelves on April 22 and, Samsung hopes, will sell 10 million units per month.

Who Will Fight For the Laptop?

Traditionally, talking about computers means talking about two companies: Apple and Microsoft. It’s clear that Apple’s moneymakers are its iDevices. But even Microsoft isn’t paying as much attention to laptops as it once was. Windows 8 and the Surface seem to be its main focus.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that its fully-powered Windows 8 Surface Pro will be available on February 9. For just over $1,000, you can get the 64 gig model along with the optional – but vital – keyboard accessory. While it’s true that the price makes the device comparable to Ultrabooks, its form factor can’t be beat. The full power of Windows 8 (with no application restrictions) in a 10” tablet size? Good luck, laptop manufacturers.

Change We Can Believe In

President Obama entered his second term wading through a sea of smartphones and tablets… poor laptops… we hardly knew ya!

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end-to-end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize supplier management. Learn about enterprise architecture strategies for designing connected systems tha...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, will discuss the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. The presentation will also discuss how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics to discuss are barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold.
Whether you're a startup or a 100 year old enterprise, the Internet of Things offers a variety of new capabilities for your business. IoT style solutions can help you get closer your customers, launch new product lines and take over an industry. Some companies are dipping their toes in, but many have already taken the plunge, all while dramatic new capabilities continue to emerge. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director, Developer Evangelism at salesforce.com, to discuss real-world use cases, patterns and opportunities you can harness today.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
Noted IoT expert and researcher Joseph di Paolantonio (pictured below) has joined the @ThingsExpo faculty. Joseph, who describes himself as an “Independent Thinker” from DataArchon, will speak on the topic of “Smart Grids & Managing Big Utilities.” Over his career, Joseph di Paolantonio has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). Prior to DataArcho...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how thes...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) ir...
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn rea...
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other mach...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice s...
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehe...
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridsto...