Throughout this week Martin Veitch has been pontificating about the future of newspapers and the possibilities of an Apple tablet device being pertinent to their future. Talking of Apple and where our entertainment and information comes from, I've been spending too much time with a new iPhone lately. As always happens the further possibilities for this technology fills any free moments of thought.
The touch sensitive screen is the wow factor of the iPhone to me, more so than the apps, and it keeps occurring to me that this technology will increasingly find its way into our lives, both at work and at home. Using the iPhone and looking at how others use them on the daily commute, I am beginning to feel that this screen technology could herald in the true convergence of broadband internet and television. By this I mean, the ability to surf the world-wide-web as easily as you do on a computer without the computer. A slim, stylish glass tablet with a key board and mouse type applications in your living room wirelessly communicating with your TV screen seems entirely possible to me. The traditional keyboard looks naff in the living room, but something as stylish and discreet as the iPhone on the coffee table would be acceptable.
Microsoft Surface has already given us a glimpse of this sort of user interface and the Redmond firm has discussed cloud options for Windows 7 throughout 2009.
The need for households to have a TV, set top box and a separate computer will be eradicated. This could mean that the need for each residence to house an operating system will also pass. Instead cloud computing could allow users to connect to applications as and when they need them from the comfort of the sofa.
Of course, I'm looking off into the future, but the iPhone has taken the mobile world by storm and as I discussed last week, the 3G connectivity is already posing new questions to CIOs.
With your workforce demanding different technology in the workplace as a result of their iPhone experience in the pocket, it is not too big a leap of the imagination to think that new home computing trends where they ditch their PCs for slim tablets that interface with TV screens could mean CIOs will need to consider putting basic productivity tools into the cloud to retain talented and demanding staff.