The next issue is power. We might be able to get mid-range laptop performance from next-generation smartphone CPU’s in the future, chances are it still won’t be ideal for really intensive CPU bound tasks and desktops still might be necessary.
There will never be enough processing power, because every step forward simply tugs at what would be possible if only we had more power.
But that’s not a problem if you have fast connectivity, because you can offload those problems to some more bad-ass computer in the cloud.
I’ve been predicting this all-in-your-pocket device for a decade or more. I think that will happen, though what’s after that is also interesting. Imagine that you have nothing in your pocket. No phone, no computer, nothing at all.
Instead, our entire world is stuffed with processing devices and sensors. Wherever you go, the biometric sensors identify you. Whatever you touch has access to whatever you need from it. Like the world I grew up in, with payphones everywhere, except computing would be everywhere. Reach for a coffee at the corner store and the biometric sensors could have it ready for you, because they recognized you when you came in, or they notice your hesitation today and ask you what you’d like instead.
Screens are everywhere, built into walls, inside, outside. Tactile surfaces transform into keyboards or let you draw. Whatever you need is where you are.
You don’t have an office to go to, because you can do your work anywhere, connect with your colleagues, your customers, your suppliers. You don’t need anything in your pocket because the world is your pocket, and my pocket, and everyone’s.
You and I might never see that world, but it will come someday.