At the moment, I'm doing most of my work on a six year old laptop. I've upgraded the RAM and put in a faster hard drive but it's still got the same processor and it's still six years old.
I've also got an iPhone 5s. According to one benchmarking sites, my phone is as powerful as my computer. This astounds me!
To think that Moore's Law (really an observation rather than a law) has held true over the past fifty years or so. Computing power has doubled every 18–24 months since the 1960's.
When I was younger, laptops were rare because they were expensive and less powerful than desktops. That's no longer true.
Two years ago I travelled for a couple of months with just my iPad and a wireless keyboard. It worked flawlessly but it's still not at the point where I could consider doing all my work on the iPad. This is a device that didn't even seem physically possible four years ago.
Is it going to be the case that mobile phones will become the new laptops in the near future? The form factor isn't really right but maybe there is something to the concept of the Motorola Atrix, or maybe more likely Microsoft's Surface or the iPad.
The physical design of the devices seems to have stagnated a little since the iPad was released and I'm looking for the next great leap in usability and portability.
The iPhone wowed us when it arrived seven years ago. Likewise, so did the iPad four years ago.
I'm hoping for great things in the next twelve months or so. I think I'm being realistic. Maybe it will come from Apple but maybe also the next version of the Microsoft Surface or even an Android device will be it.
Whatever the future is, I'm pretty sure it's coming and it'll be twice as fast every two years.