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Old 09-07-2016, 02:35 PM
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Don't we think that smartphones have in some ways 'topped out'? We don't need higher resolution or more megapixels.

I could see them moving toward being fully mobile computers, but that's very niche. Most people don't need that or already have laptops that do the same.

They could expand/mainstream using phones as a payment method.

Everything they come out with now seems so gimmicky.
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Don't we think that smartphones have in some ways 'topped out'? We don't need higher resolution or more megapixels.
I'm going to guess that people in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s made similar comments.

It sounds like you're just getting old.

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Don't we think that smartphones have in some ways 'topped out'? We don't need higher resolution or more megapixels.
A lot of truth to this. We've got incredible devices in our pockets now, there is less and less reason to upgrade every year. Apple has learned that the hard way recently, can't keep growing that market forever.

The leap from the original iphone to 3g was big. Finally adding 4g service too. And some of the speed improvements in other years. But it's getting harder and harder to add any new wow factor, our phones do everything already, and even a couple year old phone is really really good.

It's not like that market is dying or anything, but that growth could never continue
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I'm going to guess that people in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s made similar comments.

It sounds like you're just getting old.

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Moore's Law reigned supreme until about 8-10 years ago, so I disagree with your notion. They probably said cassette players topped out in the 80s or CD players topped out in the 90s, which would have been true.

I think we can all see the phones have pretty much topped out at this point, hence they're getting bigger to keep up the spec increases. Time for the next frontier of gadgets, which we see happening with watches and soon to come (and about 30 years overdue) VR
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Moore's Law reigned supreme until about 8-10 years ago, so I disagree with your notion. They probably said cassette players topped out in the 80s or CD players topped out in the 90s, which would have been true.

I think we can all see the phones have pretty much topped out at this point, hence they're getting bigger to keep up the spec increases. Time for the next frontier of gadgets, which we see happening with watches and soon to come (and about 30 years overdue) VR
They need to be focusing on better functioning software and battery life. the hardware is good enough.
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Core power topped out in the 00s, since then it's been about multicoring and GPUing
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They need to be focusing on better functioning software and battery life. the hardware is good enough.
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Also I think we've pretty much topped out the current battery technology (have been for a while now), now it's about energy efficiency unless we have a fundamental breakthrough in chemistry
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People are working on self-charging devices; it is called radio frequency energy harvesting. Whoever invents the smallest gadget with that will win. Maybe Huawei?
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