In a not too distant future, a 64-bit smartphone may just replace many if not all of our current stand-alone electronic devices.
Much debate among geeks and technology journalists has been unearthed as a result of the announcement of a 64-bit smartphone by none other than Apple. Some say this is an attempt by Apple to counter all the unecessary hardware and software specs being crammed into iPhone competitors. Others say that this is Apple “future-proofing” its coveted device for capabilities that don’t currently exist.
Personally, I think it’s a little bit of both. Smartphone manufacturers like Nokia and Samsung have done a good job giving the iPhone a run for its money and offering consumers the features they asked for, and some they didn’t even know they needed, while Apple took its foot off the innovative gas with just minor improvements to current devices.
Even still, everybody, including competitors, look to Apple to innovate and build for the future. So for Apple to attempt to regain some of its “Steve Jobs swag” and push the boundaries of mobile computing in the form of a smartphone with a 64-bit processor shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s what we expect.
Rightfully so, as I can envision a future where our smartphones will be more than just a device we use to browse, communicate, and share. Our smartphones could very well replace the “brains” of most of our major electronic devices. So it could make sense that we will need a smartphone with a 64-bit processor to manage and operate future electronic devices, versus just communicate with them.
Allow me to paint a picture…
Imagine waking up in the morning to the sound of the alarm clock app on our smartphone that’s docked with a desktop unit with speakers and maybe a larger screen so you quickly read the news, get the weather, and traffic.
That’s not so hard to imagine right? Well, what if that same dock was wirelessly transmitting information to your television so you can turn on the TV with a physical remote, or via voice/gesture controls. In this scenario, all you need is a TV screen and bigger speakers. All of the audio/video, media signal, and controls are being handled by the smartphone docked in the desktop unit.
Moving from your bedroom to the kitchen table, If you need to send a couple of emails before you head off to work, but prefer to work on a larger screen, you’re smartphone could dock or connect via Bluetooth to a tablet. Again, the tablet is nothing but a screen with a physical or virtual keyboard that displays and responds to information from your smartphone.
As usual, you’re late for work, so you grab your smartphone and hop in the car, where you drop your smartphone into a slot that replaces your car’s native entertainment, communications, navigation, temperature and diagnostics systems. Of course, you forgot to unplug the iron, turn off the lights, lock the door, and set the alarm. A couple of quick voice controls (don’t text and drive) and you have sucessfully communicated with home.
Now you’re at work and you quickly dock your smartphone with your computer to type up a meeting agenda to give off the impression that you’ve been there for at least 20 minutes. Like clockwork, you boss calls your desk to see if you’re ready for the meeting. You stick your Bluetooth headset in your ear to answer the call from your computer, which is piped through your smartphone, that has switched to “work mode”.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Right now, our personal and work desktop/laptop computers, tablets, televisions, and cars have their own 64-bit Central Processing Units that currently operate separately and independently of our smartphones; but, you can’t ignore the fact that our current smartphones have and will render many electronics obsolete in the near future.
Music and video players, voice recorders, watches, cameras – Many have already fallen victim to irrelevance at the hands of a smartphone. So for me, it’s not a stretch to assume that they will eventually assimilate many other devices, until most of the gadgets we use daily will rely solely on connections, inputs, instructions, and transactions from our smartphones.
As a result, our smartphones will need powerful 64-Bit, 128-Bit processors…and whatever else the future will cook up that are capable of handling many different tasks and demands of the future. Apple may be reaching today with a 64-bit processor in an expensive iPhone that most people will only use to browse the web, check emails, send some messages, check Twitter and Facebook, watch some videos, and play Candy Crush. Methinks a future where our smartphones are the center of our everything is not too far away.
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