As the world goes more ‘mobile’ and increasingly accesses the internet via devices such as the smart phone and iPad, so does the PC go the way of the Dodo bird.
According to technology experts, predictions are that desktop computers used at home and in offices, will no doubt be displaced by the tablet in the very near future, thus becoming the primary and favoured computing device.
Tablet sales are estimated to jump to 375 million by 2016, worldwide, in contrast to the 56 million sold last year, according to a report by Forrester Research.
Researches indicate that most tablet users keep their devices for an average of three years, consequently raising the number to 760 million tablets in use globally by 2016.
Devices such as the iPad, Kindle Fire or the Samsung Galaxy, will connect devices such as smartphones and TVs, desktop computers and content stored in personal cloud services (eg: Dropbox, SugarSync and Salesforce).
Property portals around the world have seen the proverbial writing on the wall, and have already begun to roll our apps for the tablets, enabling easy searching of properties and presentation capabilities to potential clients.
Zillow developed an app which makes it possible to sync saved searches and favourite homes from whichever device you are using to access their site – tablet, smartphone or computer – and receive instant listing notifications across all platforms, creating a personalised and seamlessly integrated home shopping experience.
Rightmove has rolled out a new app – the Rightmove Presenter – which is fully-customisable, designed to assist estate agents and lettings agents on market appraisals and other face-to-face communications by presenting the latest local property market information, comparable listings and marketing messages to the consumer.
Since the introduction of the iPad in Australia back in 2010, the education system has conducted pilot programs in primary and secondary schools, introducing the tablet as a learning tool in classrooms. Proving to be very helpful in the learning process, universities are now also incorporating the iPad in their curriculums, and the same is being done in the US.
With more and more tablet users, it is no wonder that experts predict it will overshadow the personal computer by 2016… or perhaps sooner.