EDITORIAL: 02.22.19- Apple, Inc. has long been rumored to put in the pipeline of possible products a touchscreen-enabled computer with an operating system to boot which may (or may not) be in uniform form, message best of MacOS and iOS, and disclosure of a new collapsible smartphone by Samsung will paint the road map and give tips to Cupertino, California-based tech giant on where the future of computing is on, and now makes the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon and innovate like no other as it has done many times in its history by finally moving on with the release of the fabulous hybrid Mac.
Samsung, Suwon, South Korea-based electronics company and overseas rival of Apple, took on Wednesday the latest news, Galaxy Fold, a device that when folded is a smartphone and when evolved into a tablet computer. The underlying technology, run by the company as an "Infinity Flex Display", was first brought back in November last year in a prototype of what was probably brought into the board (pun) for its final version of the product.
The technical specifications of the Galaxy Fold, according to a press release from the company, are a 4.6-inch screen display when folded and a 7.3-inch main display in its unfolded tablet form. (No screen resolutions were given). This aspect of the new device further confuses the lines of mobile computing and negates the need for a separate smartphone and tablet.
Does this movement of Samsung mean the trend that mobile computing is moving towards, or more, the wave of the future of personal computing in general?
When Apple released the iPad in 2010, tablets added generally and ubiquitously shortly thereafter with smartphones – following the iPhone's debut three years earlier that reinvented the phone and created the model that competing manufacturers would copy for all smartphones to come – people had a separate smartphone in addition to a companion tablet. It took the same experience on the phone, but brought it on a larger screen. Then, as a first step in blurring the lines as a trip between, the phablet was created, a fusion of the two entities giving consumers a smartphone that doubled as a pseudotablet.
However, the problem with a phablet is that it's not quite a smartphone in size, as you can't easily fit it in your pocket because of its greater footprint compared to previous average devices that were previously the norm. It is also not quite a real tablet with the minimum screen size – as large as it already is – compared to regular tablets.
Take, for example, the iPad mini 4 which features a 7.9-inch display, the smallest, compact, ultra-portable and full-featured tablet now Apple offers. In comparison, the Galaxy Fold, when unfolded, is a 7.3-inch display – very close to the iPad mini 4's screen size – which, when folded, makes it a device that fits nicely into your pocket, albeit twice as Thick as a regular smartphone. Between this spectrum is the newly released, about five-month-old, iPhone XS Max, Apple's largest smartphone currently stocked. With its 6.5-inch display, there is a phablet that is inconsistent with itself, because it is not a pocket-sized smartphone, nor is it a full-featured tablet.
Samsung has addressed that breakdown by looking at the past while moving forward in the future. It has taken the concept that cell phone makers previously did when reducing their devices in smaller, more compact flip-phones that folded to half the size when not in use and opened up to a full-size phone when folded out. So of course, with the advent of the early smartphone that was half screen and half-physical keyboard (eg Blackberry), it would evolve into all the display devices we know and love today, thanks to the iPhone and Apple innovation that wanted to Finally, become today's phablets. The new Galaxy Fold solves this first world problem we have encountered with phablets by the simple past, the innovation of folding the 2-in-1 into half, so everything comes in full circle!
Consumers these days are looking for an all-in-one solution that can do everything, and Samsung has answered the call with its new Galaxy Fold. As the company said in its press release, "Galaxy Fold is in a separate category. It provides a new type of mobile experience so users can do things they couldn't do with a regular smartphone. The users now have the best of both worlds …." And so they beat Apple's competitor in the process as far as the next generation of smartphones and mobile computing goes.
So how can Apple respond?  First, which is the simple route, Apple can always borrow from the player's playbook and just turn on the copiers and come out with a folding smartphone. Just like Molly Wood, a contributor to Wired magazine, said in a statement about the lack of innovation from Apple so late when she wrote: "And then the latest option for innovation, one that Apple has taken advantage of many times in the past, as Steve Jobs said often, Picasso quotes: "Good art copy; great artists steal. "
Wood mentioned that the iPod was born of existing MP3 players, the iPhone improved on bulky, ugly smartphones already on the market, and we also have MacOS and the computer mouse developed for maturity after being invented. Xerox PARC (talking about copiers) Or, just like in another case, the iPad tried to rival Microsoft for several years in advance to market a tablet computer and failed, an example she didn't mention.
The other idea would be to take things to the next level and to create a brand new device in line with Galaxy Fold is a smartphone that becomes a tablet. Computer users are increasingly moving towards tablet computing – like myself, but it is more out of necessity than having needed because of my disability (which I have rewritten here in my column earlier) – and it may be time for Apple to make or drop out, if it already has, as in the prototype, a hybrid pray ring-screen-enabled Mac, but not just an iMac that has a touch screen, remember, but something much more innovative than what can serve as a true substitute for a typical desktop or laptop computer, but in tablet form when folded, and As it unfolds, it becomes a full-fledged computer.
How great would it be to have a device like that created and designed in California by Apple? That idea is not as farfetched as you might think!
Although there is no hard evidence at the moment, last year you have the report from the Business News website Bloomberg, which revealed that Apple would quench Intel for its own benefit processors for their computers starting in 2020, these chips are the company's ARM processors. In addition, you have "Project Marzipan" where Apple enables all iOS apps to run seamlessly and simultaneously in the MacOS environment (and apparently reversed with Mac applications compatible for use on the iPhone and iPad), something it was first reported back in 2017, also by Bloomberg, and just this past Wednesday – coincidentally the same day Galaxy Fold was unveiled by Samsung – was reported by the business website that would happen by 2021.
According to a story written back in 2012 on the Cult of Mac site – Ironically enough about why you never want to own a Mac with an ARM processor – now Apple's chips are optimized for a mobile operating system like iOS and a desktop operating system like MacOS, at least in its current state, cannot yet native to the ARM architecture . In fact, it was a top secret project dating back to 2010, where Apple already began to explore the port of Mac OS X to ARM processors, the most notable part of the information being the year: the same as when the iPad made its debut. The secret-secreted project was given to a trainee who was assigned the task of running Snow Leopard (Mac OS X version 10.6) on an ARM processor.
If you read two and two together, if you read the proverbial tea leaves, what does this tell us? Logic would dictate that the first product that could come out of Apple's assembly line in 2020 would be a hybrid Mac most likely to be a laptop with an ARM processor, a touch screen, and running an operating system that is itself hybrid. – or uniform? – Form reminiscent of the best of MacOS with iOS.
It's no secret that the latest co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, back in 2010 expressed his feelings about putting a touchscreen on a computer, a notebook or desktop, because he felt it wouldn't work. He said, "We've done tons of user testing on this, and it turns out that it doesn't work. The touch surfaces won't be vertical. It gives good demo, but after a short period of time you begin to get tired and after a long period your arm will fall. It doesn't work. It's ergonomically awful! "But it was almost a decade ago, and times have changed, and the message about the technologies found on MacOS and iOS on both the hardware and software side is an even better concept and prospect for Apple to consider today with the trend being seen as illustrated by consumers and their current computing.
In an article on the BGR website written by Yoni Heisler in 2017 with a concept for a MacBook touch, Heisler wrote that Apple has over the years made their position on a hybrid Mac is incredibly clear. Apple CEO Tim Cook is quoted as saying, "… we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting the two together wouldn't achieve either. You'll start compromising in different ways "Echoing Cook's feelings were Apple's senior global marketing director, Phil Schiller, who is quoted as saying," … to create the best personal computer, you can't try to turn MacOS on an iPhone. turn iOS to a Mac, so each one is best at what they are meant to be – we take what makes sense, but without changing them fundamentally, so that they are compromised. "
But these things said, with the technical giant's focus on its iOS ecosystem – from the software to the hardware running it – as late as it is just for Apple to unite its two operating systems in one – with a hybrid Mac for boot – which is a point of contentious debate t among the Mac user community when recorded.
Despite the undeniable denial of the company's efforts to unite MacOS with iOS at any time soon, Cook even said during the Apple Special Event in September of September – which saw the unveiling of its iPhone 2018 lineup – that iOS has had one deep impact on our lives, and it had sold its two billionth iOS device. Granted, although sales of the iPhone today make up two-thirds of the tech giant's profits, according to statistics from Wall Street Journal these two billion iOS devices are a combination of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. touch.
We just need to look at the latter device on that list, iPod touch and the diminishing popularity due to virtually anyone having a smartphone these days, who can play music through streaming subscription services, such as Apple Music (or Pandora ), as well as the old school's way of buying and downloading songs from iTunes. As another example of consumer preferences that dictate the market, Apple finally pulled the plug on the original iPod line – from classic to nano to shuffle – in 2017 because the days of having a separate phone and MP3 music player are far away. It seems that the days of having a separate smartphone and a tablet draw closer to the end as with users clamoring for even greater phablets, and now Samsung comes out with its own hybrid smartphone / tablet device: Galaxy Fold.
Can dawn be over us where a separate tablet and computer are no longer needed? In addition, what is a computer in modern style anyway? Computers are no longer the machines that live on our tables or rest in our rounds. The computer today can mean the smartphone and tablet in – or even smartly watch – your hands.
In 2017, author John C. Dvorak wrote on the website of the PCMag magazine in a comment that the notion of modern computing by Apple along with the focus has already changed on the basis of evidence he obtained from a iPad Pro Commercial Who Asked the Question: What is a Computer? In it becomes a young girl using an iPad Pro, asked by her mother what she does with her computer, and the girl answers with "What is a computer?" Dvorak's analysis of the commercial is that Apple in the product ad highlights its attitude towards computers symbolized by the young girl, rejects the idea of a computer itself and separates its iOS device from what we think of as a personal computer. He also gave the example of another Apple ad that spied iPad Pro which is not nearly a computer, but somewhat better and more modern.
Furthermore, he set himself on the Mac end as we know, Apple won I continue to support two separate operating systems, and that IOS is ready to replace MacOS. He wrote, "Apple mentions Mac less and less on its major events. The company knows that the machine is drain on resources that detract from its new core business, iOS and its mobile devices." Interestingly, it is worth pointing out that Dvorak also mentioned that Apple had Progress made to exploit its ARM processors to focus on the hardware IOS ecosystem, which was about four months before the Bloomberg report said Apple would move its chip production internally.
The end of the Mac as we know it? Or, an evolution, a transformation, like an iOS device that turns into a Mac, just like Galaxy Fold with its smartphone that turns into a tablet?
If Apple decides to come out with its own collapsible smartphone that becomes a tablet or create a hybrid Mac in the form of a tablet that turns into a computer? Now it's definitely time for the company to think differently – to quote from the iconic print campaign used by Apple in 1997 – and move on into the future of personal computing, innovative as it always has, but this time Samsung's lead its new Galaxy Fold as an example because if it doesn't, it will remain in the dust with others who lead and bake. And it will in turn spell the Apple end.
Are you planning on getting the new Samsung Galaxy Fold device and hiding your iPhone or are you waiting for what Apple brings alongside the game? And how do you feel and where are you first, a hybrid touch screen Mac, and secondly, the message of MacOS and iOS for a unified operating system? I'd like to hear your thoughts! Just post a comment below (you need to be logged into your Facebook account to do so) or drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.