MobileViews Podcast 346: Looking 5 years backward & forward

In this first podcast for 2021 Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Waiting for new 2021 detachable Chromebooks
    Whatever follows the hard to find 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet
    Saw the Duet in person for the first time last week.
  2. Doodling using a Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook, Lenovo USI Pen, & Infinite Painter
  3. First M1 Macbook Air rant.
    60w Anker USB-C PD port can charge a 2019 MacBook Pro that ships with a 61W charger.
    However, it only slow charges a 2020 M1 MacBook Air that ships with a 30W charger
  4. 5 Years ago on MobileViews we were discussing the rumors about AirPods ( and the rumors that the IPhone 7 wouldn’t have a headphone jack (”) Interesting to think about how the jury is still out about 3.5 mm jacks within the geek community (I still find some people very sad about the lack of them), but no one seems to think Apple made a huge mistake with two separate earbuds with no connecting wire, although Todd said we were guaranteed to lose one or both of them
  5. In 5 years, what do we think will be “settled” that’s currently a big tech debate:
    Privacy: I see more and more people either outright taking back their data, or choosing providers that prioritize privacy over lower price points (e.g., bad news for Google).
    Related: AirGap for All – people will become more interested in holding all of the keys for their data, rather than rely on the big players to secure them.
    The desktop looks more like mobile but not in the ways we thought it would (e.g., low powered chips with severe performance drops (e.g., ARM)) – we’ll have the low powered chips, but with better performance. Bad news for Intel unless they figure out how to copy Apple Sillica. The death of the x86 or amd64 architecture?
    USB-C for everything? Maybe? Still surprised at the number of Micro USB connectors my devices use.
    Cloud computing finally goes mainstream – schools being the last holdout, but after the pandemic, will teachers want to go back to pencil/paper/storing everything on a USB stick? Will Students want to take a step backwards? Business got the cloud computing memo in 2010, perhaps 2020 will finally get some of the holdouts on board.

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