We’re living in a society that’s changing so quickly, it’s sometimes hard to keep up…

To think that in September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD) that weighed over a ton and stored 5 MBs of data.

Hard drive

Nowadays you can get a micro SD card that weighs about a gram and can store 64 GBs of data. That’s 13,107 times more memory!

Take a look at the sales stats

Only 56 years after the first PC, and now we’re slowly but surely seeing mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets taking over the ‘computer world’. Don’t get me wrong, PCs – and especially desktops – are still more powerful than mobile devices, but are far less versatile.

HP and Dell, two of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, recently reported a significant loss in consumer sales. PC sales to individuals by the end of April 2012 had dropped 23% at HP and 7% at Dell. Technology analysis firm Gartner released stats showing PC sales dropping 1.1% compared to last year.

This isn’t a crazy figure at all, but the strange thing is the huge growth in tablets. IMS research showed a 213% growth in tablets compared to 2011. Garter predicts that by 2013, there will 1.82 billion smart phones compared to 1.78 billion PCs (and that doesn’t include tablets).

Apple alone sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010, and research shows that in the US, around 82 million people will own tablets by 2015.

The power of mobile devices

Mobile docking stationSmart phones and tablets have become unbelievably powerful in just a few short years, with Quad Core processors, ample amounts of RAM, and high resolution screens. We’re even starting to see mobile devices with ‘docking stations’ now.

What this means is that you get a docking station that connects to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard; then you slot your phone into the station and you have a working computer. The phone is basically replacing the computer’s ‘tower’.

It won’t be as powerful as a top-of-the-range desktop, but will definitely serve its purpose. A few years ago, the famous Steve Jobs said:

PCs are going to be more like trucks, taking on bigger computing tasks while we get more and more done on nimble car-like mobile devices.”

Less is more

Smart phones and tablets vs computersWith technology advancing so quickly, we’re seeing cameras, video cameras, radios, MP3 players, and even computers being combined into one device, which can either be a smart phone or a tablet. Imagine having your computer in the palm of your hand, wherever you go, being able to access files, check emails, and loads more. These days, you don’t have to imagine. The compact size and accessibility are two big reasons why mobile devices are slowly taking over the ‘computer’ industry.

In this modern age we’re living in – a society where our day-to-day living involves using a computer and moving back and forth between devices for different tasks – mobile devices fill in the gaps where (and when) PCs and computers are not accessible. They’re changing the way we live, and work. Stay up to date with tech by letting us be the mobile app developer on your next mobile project.