Thursday, September 12, 2013

Let's not under estimate human ingenuity

I, like many, am interested in the latest, newest and shiniest new gadgets and in particular smartphones (read iPhones). So I’ve been eagerly awaiting the most recent launch of the iPhone 5S and the more fun-bound iPhone 5C. With every new phone comes the usual swag of analytics. Value for money, could the vendor have packed more features, has this leap-frogged incremental advances, and more.

What really caught my attention this time however was the number of analysts and journalists seeing the new iPhone batch as not really constituting a quantum leap in innovation – and some claim that It could be that there just isn't much more you can do to jazz up a smartphone. In which case, we've reached "peak smartphone".

This kinda think is a little shortsighted isn’t it? After all, wasn’t it Thomas Watson (chairman and CEO of IBM who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956) who was supposed to have made the remark in 1943, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers".

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