“Computers are a dying sector”

Short answer: no, they aren’t. And here is why:

Ever since the first personal computers in the 80s the computer has come a long way. It started out as an expensive, big, hard to use box that universities and big corporations adopted to replace mainframe computing. Evolving into a device that became commonplace in almost all households and irreplacable for business in the 90s.

First they shrunk, became more powerful and a lot more affordable. Then the internet happened and computers became the hub of knowledge, connectivity and finally social interactions. But then something transformative disrupted the industry: the iPhone.

© Apple Inc.

In 2007 Apple kickstarted a revolution around computing and with the App Store the world witnessed a moment comparable to the invention of personal motorized vehicles. As much as the car changed the transportation industry, the iPhone changed personal computing.

Just three years later in 2010 Steve Job’s ultra fast paced final years resulted in another revolution that is still ongoing: iPad.

By now there are many different smartphone and tablet manufacturers, its become the go to device for everyday usecases. We surf on our phones and tablets, we socialize using apps, we take photos and write our mail. We have the news in our pockets and with Twitter a way of getting the news, before the news outlets get the news.

For many the iPad or equivalent running Android or Windows has become their main and often only computing device. The current generation looks at computers the same way we look at mainframes — and thats a good thing.

Wikimedia Server, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_(computing)#/media/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Servers-8055_08.jpg

A desktop PC can be compared to a Lorry, its very useful, but you wouldn’t want to drive it to work. This logic is already adopted by most of us when it comes to servers. Nobody uses a container ship to go shopping, why would we want a server in our garage?

Most of us drive a car and not a van to work, but some need vans to get around. The same goes for computing: laptops have replaced the desktop and are used by a number of magnitude more people. But just like vans haven’t disappeared, iMacs and other desktop computers won’t disappear. And just like cars cause traffic jams and take up more space and money in our lives than a scooter or a bike, so do laptops compare to tablets and smartphones.

You don’t buy your kid a laptop for grade-school, but tablets have found their way into school and even kindergarten. And this new generation grows up with the tablet as their big device and the smartphone as their small device. Just like you grew into thinking of a mainframe as your big device and your desktop PC as the small device.

The PC market isn’t disappearing entirely, but it is being focused. PCs are used for development and production of professional content. You don’t see a Lorry on at school, just like you don’t see a VW UP! or a Vespa on a construction site.

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