In today’s ever-changing society, the latest technology trends seem to fade fast; one minute the latest gadget is here and out the next. Consider dial-up modems, floppy disks, CRT televisions, VHS videos, pay phones, landlines, and even getting film developed. All of these past innovative technologies have fallen by the wayside and have been deemed useless in our world of new, groundbreaking gadgetry. With the take off of the personal computer*, and all that it has inspired, consumers, educators, and business professionals, alike, need to determine which new technologies are worth investing in before a new product is introduced, making the former star of the market incapacitated. So, which current tech trends should you be investing in?
We say, the iPad, for sure.
Just How Groundbreaking is the iPad?
First, let us consider, briefly, where the computer has come from in the last 30 years.
"The Computer" was named Machine of the Year by Time Magazine.
Apple Computer is the first personal computer manufacturer to hit the $1 billion mark for annual sales.
Microsoft introduces Windows 3.1. It sells more than 1 million copies within the first two months of its release.
Microsoft Releases Windows 95, within four days the software sells more than 1 million copies.
The Internet and the world wide web begin to catch on as businesses, schools, and individuals create web pages.
125 million personal computers were shipped in comparison to 48 thousand in 1977.
About 81.5 percent of personal computers shipped had been desktop computers, 16.4 percent laptops and 2.1 percent servers.
Apple introduces the iPhone to the public at the January 9, 2007 Macworld Conference & Expo.
Microsoft releases Windows 7 October 22, 2009.
Apple introduces the iPad on January 27, 2010.
It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that the computer was seen more regularly in the home, and in the classroom, as the internet began to take strides and leaps towards becoming what it is today. This information means that, roughly, in the last 10 years, computers have gone from gadgets only a few people possessed to, now, home, education, and business staples. All of these places would be unable to function without the use of a personal computer.
Now, let’s compare the progress of personal computers to the progress of tablets. Personal computers have taken a 30-year journey to become what they are today. In comparison, tablets, since their first release, have taken a less-than 5-year journey to become the overwhelmingly brilliant devices that they are today. Granted, without the personal computer, tablets would not even begin to exist, but, that aside, one cannot deny just how unbelievably advanced these gadgets are.
Why the iPad?
With it’s ease-of-use, and functionality, this tablet is the holy grail of personal devices. You can make video calls, check emails, and update your twitter via this device, but you can also edit photos, take thorough notes, record and dictate voices, and go completely paperless in your life. It weighs close to nothing making it ideal for daily use, travel, and education purposes. Everyone can use the device; from my 70-year-old grandmother, who owns the first-gen iPad and uses it, daily, to check up on her grandchildren and to email relatives, to my 2-year-old cousin, who uses his parent’s iPad to play games. This device can be adapted to please the masses. Even schools are rapidly turning to the iPad as a learning and teaching aid in the classroom with overwhelming success (check this school out).
This is a technology that you shouldn’t pass up on.
*Please note, when I use the term personal computer I’m defining it as “A microcomputer designed for use by one person at a time,” not by label or company (i.e. Apple, Microsoft, PC, Mac, etc).