Shock of the old
It struck me yesterday that I haven’t started using a new app or piece of technology in months. This is highly unusual for me, and it’s got me wondering – have I changed or have the kinds of tech I need in life just become more stable?
I’ve noted before in this newsletter how mobile phones have become too boring, but the same could be said for tablets, and even apps. There was a time when I’d download several new apps per week, but now app store new releases have settled into a calm period where games still have plenty of new ideas, but utilities and productivity apps just aren’t that exciting anymore. They’re good – just in a stable and boring kind of way.
A look at Product Hunt
most days will show you that there are plenty of niche utilities and developer tools to get excited about if that’s your thing. But the days of groundbreaking, slick new apps from small startups that change the way you organise your life – the Sunrises
– seem long gone.
Weirdly, I’d say laptops are probably the most interesting field right now; especially Microsoft’s Surface range of hybrid laptop/tablets. It’s just a shame Apple seems left behind on this front.
Personally, I’ve got my eyes on a Google Pixelbook
. Yes, it’s a Chromebook. But with the ability to run Android apps, and as we’ve seen in the news above, potentially Windows 10 too, it’s growing more appealing by the day. I’ll hold out to see if they announce a new one this autumn first, though.
There’s still tech to get excited about – just perhaps not as excited as a few years ago. That’s only natural – once people find things that work well, there’s less need or desire for constant innovation. But I do miss the days of non-stop novelty.