The iPad is an ideal tool for field archaeology.

This blog sets out to bring together experiences of archaeologists using iPads.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Are Notebooks Becoming Relics?


Ben Bajarin is a principal at Creative Strategies Inc., a technology industry analysis and market intelligence firm in Silicon Valley. He contributes to the “Big Picture” opinion column that appears every Monday here on Techland.

This may be one of the more controversial columns I have written in some time, although my goal is not to be controversial, but to spur thought — so please hear me out.

It’s no secret that I am very bullish on the tablet form factor. And in light of Microsoft’s launch of its Surface computers, it is becoming clear that future computers may not look anything like the computers we know today.

Since the launch of the first iPad, I have written extensively about how I believe tablets will shape the future of computing. But there are still many in the industry who have long watched, predicted, and benefited from the successful, worldwide evolution of desktop computers into notebook computers, and who disagree with the more bullish thinking about tablets eventually replacing notebooks.