2009 has been a great year for Apple, and it is the popularity of the iPad and iPhone 4 that has contributed to good profits. Year-on-year Apple update their iPhone to make it better – some might not agree with the latest version though – and they will now start doing the same with their tablet device. We know that the iPad 2 will come with a camera, but what else will it get and could even hurt sales or replace the iPhone 5?
Before you start to think that I have gone made, just stop and look at how technology has evolved with the cell phone, and how the same could happen with tablet devices? When the first cell phone was released, you could only make a call on it, now we have the smartphone.
These devices allow you to not only make calls, but text, email, surf the web, download videos, music and games. There are also apps that allow you to do a range of things that was once a struggle for a home computer to do – maybe we need to come up with a new name for the smartphone, as it is now so much more than that.
Going back to what I recently mentioned about tablets affecting smartphone sales, you can now make calls on these devices, but not in the traditional sense – but how long will we be making calls using the current cellular network anyway?
Currently the iPad is limited on the calls you can make using VoIP, but this will become more useful once the second-geneartion model from Apple is released, as you will have a front-facing camera, which will take advantage of FaceTime. There have been rumors of a rear camera as well, but not certain if there is actually a need for it. Then again, if the tablet will take over the cell phone, then having one is certainly important.
Making calls on a tablet like the iPad is still limited, but this will become much better in time; using VoIP is perfect while at home and in the office, but not practical while on the move. We can be certain that the likes of Apple, Samsung, Dell, HP etc will offer a number of solutions to allow you to make Voice over IP calls while on the move – and that will be the day that we could see smartphones and tablets blur into each other. There is still a healthy market for both, but how long will it be before we drop the name cell phone, smartphone and tablet, and start to call them mobile devices?
With the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 likely to advance once again, do you see a need to own both devices when many tasks can be done on just one of them? Let us know in the comments.