Time marches on, and there are a lot of examples of the things it passes by when it comes to computer-related items. Older readers may remember when computers were fed data using punch cards, which gave way to tape, which were replaced by 8-inch discs, which moved over for 5-1/2-inch discs and then 3-1/4-inch ones.
Compact-disc and DVD drives are still found in desktops, but they’re not as plentiful as they used to be.
What’s next to go?
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The website iDropnews (www.idropnews.com) covers all things Apple, as the small “i” in front of its name might indicate. So that’s why the content below about the nine items its editors think are going away over the coming years may have a few mentions of Apple products. The final list was written by Kelly Hodgkins, an experienced freelancer.
The list of slowly vanishing products isn’t too surprising when given some thought. It’s just that one doesn’t think much about the future of products that have been around for so long.
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So before they completely fade away…
9. Wired earbuds. Since the wireless version got here, “Most consumers won’t go back to corded headphone … so outdated that Apple even stopped bundling its EarPods with its iPhone 12.”
8. Hard drives and flash drives. “These physical storage devices are likely collecting dust. Almost everyone now collaborates online using Google Docs, iCloud, or Microsoft Office 360.” The cloud, wrote Hodgkins, will be where information is stored.
7. Point-and-shoot cameras. “The iPhone camera is so advanced that even accomplished photographers are ditching their digital cameras for their smartphones.” High-end cameras still have their place, but the days of other ones are numbered.
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6. Analog watches. “The Apple Watch and competing smartwatches are exploding in popularity,” Hodgkins wrote. There is “little reason to purchase an analog watch.” She noted that an analog watch is okay for “a fashion statement.”
I know people who have wristwatches worn by their fathers, and pocket watches carried by their grandfathers. I doubt if anyone can say that will be the case of today’s digital watches decades down the road.
5. Charging devices that plug into phones. “Apple made a big move towards wireless charging with its MagSafe charger and iPhone 12 series. This is only the beginning.” Wired charges, however, are much faster than wireless. Wireless chargers are much more convenient.
4. Dedicated GPS devices. GPS is “here to stay,” but today’s drivers are going away from the directional device stuck on the inside of the windshield and “turn(ing) to their cars or smartphones for navigation…” Google Maps and Apple Maps are taking the place of Garmins and similar devices.
3. Passwords. Those hard to remember keys are being replaced by fingerprint, eye and facial scanning. “We’re almost there already in the Apple ecosystem with Face ID on the iPhone and the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro,” Hodgkins pointed out.
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2. The Home Button. The iPhone X, introduced in 2017, didn’t have one. “We would not be surprised if the company chose to remove the Home button from all of its devices this year, opting to use facial recognition instead.”
1. The iPod. The music player was introduced in 2007, and after several generations, only two models of the iPod Touch are still available. Apple discontinued the iPod Shuffle and Nano in 2017. Noted the article: “When Apple begins unveiling its lineup of new products this year, we won’t be surprised if the iPod quietly disappears from the company’s website,” with the iPhone taking the standalone music player’s place.
Lonnie Brown can be reached at LedgerDatabase@aol.com.