I wonder if the new PS3 online store will encroach on Apple’s iTunes market? I can’t see any reason now to buy an Apple TV if you already have a PS3. Actually, I couldn’t see the point of buying an Apple TV before this – why is there no digital TV tuner!?!
I’ve been doing lots of thinking recently, regarding the way in which people interact with their technology: phones, TVs, desktop, laptops, PDAs, MP3 players, cameras, etc, etc. This thinking was prompted by the lack of a proper backup procedure in my house (who’s house?) and the inexplicable use of separate printers in different rooms, which all have to be maintained – or not, my house has become a veritable graveyard for printers. Anyway, my thinking is that we should all be sharing a TimeCapsule (because you know we all use Macs) and a USB printer (which I will plug in to said TimeCapsule).
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about they way that technology is used and my conclusion is this: the MacBook Air is shit and so is the EEE PC. They both try to tackle the same problem, but fail for different reasons: expense, battery life, connectivity, usability… So my vision for the future is this: we will all have an iPhone type device, it will be reasonably priced and comprise all of the features of the current iPhone with WiMax (or similar), VoIP, a decent digital camera, be useable as a USB hardrive and anything else I can think of. We will all have a server running at home which will have a huge capacity of mirrored raid hard disks (possibly SSD), all available locally over the network (wireless obviously) and over the internet. This server will be a central store of all of the families data (files, photos, email, music, video) and a print server. Each room in the house will have a workstation (in my mind I see an iMac-eque device) which will be used as the TV/conventional desktop. When you are at home your iPhone-esque device will just revert to VoIP, no additional handsets required, oh, and when you get to within range of your house, it will automatically sync with the server.
Strangely, my fictional future contains more technology but fewer devices…which brings me neatly to my point. Why would you want an Apple TV and a PS3 if you could get away with just having one of them?