The personal computer is still present and used by millions around the world, despite all expectations of its demise since the emergence of the iPad tablet in 2010.
According to a recent study, the secret to that lies in the fact that the personal computer was able to "adapt" and adjust from itself in eight aspects or aspects, which made it remain in use during the past decade, and even guaranteed him to stay at least another 10 years to come.
The study was prepared by an expert, writer and analyst in the field of technology, Ed Bout, who published a summary of his study on the website «ZDNet» specialized in technology. "The era of personal computers was supposed to end a decade ago," Bout said. "Technical experts were convinced that by 2020, the personal computer as we now know it would be extinct." He added that "after a decade of talking about the end of this device, the industry is still selling more than a quarter of a billion personal computers (250 million devices) every year around the world."
Bout attributed this to the ability of the personal computer to "adapt" to the adverse environment that surrounded it, explaining that this adaptation was represented in eight aspects, summarized as follows:
1- Design and weight
Desktop PC designs have not changed much over the past decade, but certainly portable notebook computers in terms of design and weight have changed surprisingly, becoming more paper-thin and a lot lighter. This happened in spite of the restrictions imposed by the battery and keyboard, and impedes the continued reduction in size and weight loss.
2- Touch screens
The screens of the personal computers have adapted and evolved to work with new technologies, making them more clear, bright, contrast and accurate, as well as becoming touch, and improving their design to allow the emergence of a category of "2 in 1" computers that combine the laptop and the tablet together.
3- Solid storage units
PC storage units have radically adapted to the major competition offered by other devices. In the end, adaptation crystallized in the form of solid storage units, known as SSDs, manufactured in the form of rigid, readable and writing electronic chips at high speeds, instead of the traditional rotating magnetic disks. With the advent of this type of storage unit opened the door to huge speeds in operation, reduce the size of devices, and reduce their weight.
4- Battery life
In 2010, five to six hour battery life standards were considered good, and since then, battery technology has improved, adapted to the wave of mobile computing, and in a parallel path, energy efficiency has improved in both processors, operating system and software, which has prolonged life Battery even larger, until the battery life of some devices has reached enough full working days without charging.
5- Connecting and networking ports
The personal computer faced great pressures resulting from the successive changes in the methods and tools of networking and communication, and soon adapted to these challenges and improved the capabilities of the networking ports in it, to become all working with different generations of USB ports, until it reached the generation of "USBBC". High-speed graphics cards, and HDMI ports.
6- Software and services
A decade ago, personal computer applications were closed to themselves, while cloud computing was emerging, and foreshadowing dire consequences for personal computers, but these applications soon changed to harmonize them with cloud services. Today, personal computer applications are no longer in collision with the cloud computing environment, but are compatible with them.
7- Operating system upgrades
Operating systems were a prominent manifestation of adjustment in the path of personal computers, after the systems were a big obstacle that the personal computer must deal with each period, with comprehensive and sudden promotions and transfers of systems, and it may not be able to keep pace with it, the matter has changed, and operating systems are changing and gradually developing in a chain manner Without huge transfers, which made the useful life of the personal computer extend beyond three or four years without problems.
8- Subscribe, not purchase
The methods of selling the personal computer adapted to all of this, so that they are also flexible, so the "personal computer as a service" models, adopted by companies such as "Dell", appeared in which the computer is obtained free of charge, and it is paid on a monthly basis according to use, to comply with the directions of cloud computing and software as a service .
Sell 250 million personal computers worldwide each year, despite expectations that his era will end.