FROM THE ARTICLE:
This isn't news, of course, mobile's momentum has been building for years. But when you consider some of the data released this year - and give it time to really sink in - the implications are staggering.
Figures published earlier this year from the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for example, reveal the amazing spread of mobile connectivity. According to the ITU's "facts and figures" publication, mobile penetration rates (pdf) are now about equal to the global population - including an 89% penetration rate in "developing countries," which currently have the highest mobile growth rates.
In other words, nearly everyone on the planet has a mobile phone - or will have one soon enough.
The mistake some make when they read such as this is that desktop and notebook/laptop computers, then, are dead. Consumers may only need portable devices, but people doing serious work on computers will forever need the kind of power that only desktop and laptop/notebook computers provide. Sadly, the trend conveyed in the article's headline is already making desktop and notebook/laptop computers less popular; and with decreased popularity comes decreased manufacturing economies of scale; and with that comes desktop and notebook/laptop computer price increases.
That's bad news for someone like me who requires, in lfe, either or both of a very powerful desktop computer, and/or just about the most powerful notebook made. For that reason, in part, it's unlikely that I'll ever own a tablet. Instead, I'm perfectly happy to put my 17-inch desktop-replacement notebook into my old, worn-out, dark-green canvas Eddie Bauer bag (or I have a nicer bag for it if I'm in a suit), and then rely on a phablet-type device like the "Samsung Note" to be both my phone and a tablet. Sadly, the kinds of numbers cited in the article likely mean that while my phablet will become less expensive, my desktop and notebook/laptop devices will begin to cost more and more as their popularity decreases...
...something which, along with that mobile is taking over the world, I've been predicting, in writing, for about 10 years. Prophetic though that may make me, it nevertheless means that it won't be too terribly long from now that that sad prediction will begin to come true.
Because of my age (56, at this writing), I'm sometimes happy about that I probably won't be alive to see the day when something like, for example, the complete demise of desktop and laptop/notebook computers finally becomes reality.
I feel much the same way about the grim future global warming has in store for us; and so I'm not sorry, selfishly speaking, that I won't be around to see it. I'm sad, though, for younger folks.
Gregg L. DesElms
Napa, California USA
gregg at greggdeselms dot com