At work, I use a laptop plugged into a dock connected to two screens. At home, I run a 24″ iMac I’ve had for at least 6 years now. It’s been a pretty nice machine overall, though it did crash two years ago, costing me a lot of time and effort to recover files. Most of them I just let go though.
But getting to my iMac is now a pain. Since purchasing an iPad, 90%+ of my computing experience is handled capable of being done on the couch. Before that, I was still downstairs on the desktop, but it was annoying to Teresa that so much of my time was middling away downstairs and not hanging out with her; it was annoying to me too. Future generations are going to laugh at having to sit in one place while using a computer. In fact, I think the term computer will likely fall out of favor in time as so much of our communication will be dependent on computing and done so with a multitude of non desktop items; it will become a redundant phrase.
The only real issue, for me least, is the ability to write consistently with other types of devices. It really doesn’t work. And I’m someone who had already skipped the writing with a pen and pad genre. Keyboards are necessary. My desktop will likely be put out to pasture pretty soon. It will still be around, but chances of it being used consistently is low. Chances are I’ll buy a laptop that I can write with on the couch, in bed, and on the go as necessary.
At work, we’re moving toward “iPad Pro” or “Surface Pro” type devices that have all the power needed to do most types of common Office work, but can be plugged into a dock OR taken with on a trip to Mumbai. It’s a few years away due solely to the lack of investment initiative from larger organizations, the technology is pretty much here now. My organization is particularly committed to Office suite and microsoft underlying technology, but even they are seeing Apple devices in widespread scenarios.
It’s funny how fast things move. Buying an iPad totally changed how I do most computing, despite the fact that I still want a laptop. Most people won’t even need that, outside of work.
Adios desktop, thanks for the good times.