1- Improving power supply life
I’ve put this first since it is the feature I see wanted frequently by laptop, smartphone, and tablet users. As the industry has centred on “thin-and-light”, and to a lesser degree on performance, advanced power usage is mostly being produced by using better components.
No doubt that the industry requires a battery revolution. The existing electric battery technology in popular use is quite old and out-of-date. It is made a different type of device, workload, and era.
New battery solutions are upcoming. But now, it’s unclear exactly what will come to displace the lithium-based power technologies we are using.
2- Improving device durability
Here’s another highly wanted feature. Tech-heads like myself prefer having the ability to repair devices. On the other hand, most people would prefer to that these were just stronger and didn’t break, to begin with!
Screens are the biggest weak spot. However, more devices choose glass on the back too to accomplish cellular charging. That doubles the weakness surface over a lot of devices. Improvements such as Corning’s Gorilla Cup technology has helped, but glass is glass. Therefore, when devices are becoming thinner, even a tiny drop can put the device out of action at once.
3- Coping with e-waste
This develops on the problem of device toughness. Apple alone is adding more than 200 million iPhones in to the market yearly. So when you accumulate the rest of the devices that Apple markets (around 40 million iPads, plus some 20 million Macs, plus an undisclosed variety of smaller gizmos such as AirPods and AppleTV devices), and then add the rest of the tech players, that is clearly a huge e-waste time bomb that’s being built.
Several areas where e-waste needs handling:
– Increasing device lifespans (both efficient life span, overall strength, and by making them more repairable)
– Better recycling
Both these factors entail companies needing to shoulder some degree of an additional financial burden to be able to lessen the pressure, either through slowing the upgrade pattern or by buying recycling procedures to avoid e-waste being piled into landfills.
4- Coping with insecure legacy hardware
The security panorama is changing speedily. It’s becoming increasingly challenging for software organizations to maintain with vulnerabilities and new disorders. But free a thought for hardware manufacturers too. Patching software is a very important factor, patching hardware is another. Vulnerabilities that are hard-baked into hardware need a lot of work and ingenuity to repair. That’s if indeed they can be set.
This season we’ve seen processors land sufferer to vulnerabilities such as Spectre and Meltdown. Also alot of pressure placed on network devices such as routers and switches.
But what happens to devices that can not be fixed? Which not only pertains to devices with built-in vulnerabilities but also to things which may have strike end-of-life and aren’t longer obtaining software updates.
Old technology is a challenge that proved hard to handle. The issues will get a whole lot worse in the approaching years before there’s any indication of things improving.
5- Hubs and dongles galore
Once after a period, it experienced like there is a different slot for everything. Nowadays it progressively more feels like we’ve one kind of port that suits hardly any unless we use a dongle.
Moving to USB-C is without a doubt a very important thing over time, but the switch appears to have happened all of a sudden. It has occurred prior to the industry all together can conform to the switch.
Hence we seem to be to have finished up ready where people need hubs and dongles to support for the actual fact that devices are progressively more shipping with a restricted range of USB-C ports.
It’s my desire that USB-C will hang up about for a good timeframe and give both industry and consumers an interval of stability.
6- Navigating the privateness regulation landscape
GDPR provided the technology industry with a lot of headaches and sleepless evenings. However, it’s apt to be the start of huge privacy legislation tsunami the industry must contend with in the coming years.
And it’s really clear that the technology industry needs more legislation. The complete Facebook//Cambridge Analytica scandal, not forgetting all the info leakages that we’ve seen within the last year by themselves, shows how prone individual data is to harvesting and misuse.
So if GDPR conformity was hard, expect what to get harder.
7- Improving an individual experience
Things appear to truly have a tendency of going from easy to complex. It pertains to software because you can cram more features without offering a great deal of consideration to what effect it has to the entire user experience.
Within the last couple of years, I’ve seen software increase in complexity drastically. Apple’s iOS is an excellent example. Where I’ve seen increasingly more features crammed into the code without considering how to make those features simple to use.
And it’s not simply software in an overall sense. Take a look at how online systems such as Facebook have increased in complexness. Both in apps and browser. The difficulty is unavoidable – especially as users demand more features. However, it’s something that should be managed.