When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We talk about more. But it’s worth talking about the power of technology that strives to do less – much less. The thousand dollars I spent on a Pixel didn’t buy my mom crazy extensibility, or the ability to run powerful apps like Photoshop or Excel. It didn’t even buy her that much storage. But it did buy her a beautiful, well-designed product. And most importantly, it bought her focus, and the ability to spend her time using her computer instead of trying to learn how to use it.
That’s a lesson I think Steve Jobs would have liked very much.
There’s something happening with Chromebooks that seems to take place much outside of the sphere of the technology press – in schools now, but once kids have them, they’ll find their way elsewhere. We may indeed be entering a post-PC world, but it’s not based on tablets.