There is unrest in the mobile sphere, raising questions about just what form devices will take over the next few years. The ideas at play are very relevant to mobile content creators, as these professionals need to know how large their next round of targeted devices will be and what operating systems will power them. The general consensus is that the tablet form factor is at a turning point, facing pressure from big smartphones and extremely thin computers. However, the changes ahead may be more semantic than functional, as users haven't started to turn against large screens and powerful processors. The next few years may be a blend of familiar functionality and new shapes.
Mobility's next generation
The International Business Times recently took a peek beyond the current round of devices to look at the next one. Smartphone and tablet launches are scripted events these days, meaning any projections made before these reveals will be fueled by a helping of speculation - however, there is already plenty to infer about the successors to the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The source explained that Apple and Samsung, though fierce rivals in the marketplace, have actually become allies in chip manufacturing. The resulting powerful hardware will presumably go into the iPhone 7.
The source further suggested that the next generation of Samsung and Apple smartphones is predicted to be so compelling to customers that these manufacturers may greet the travails of the tablet space with more shrugs than sweat. Quoting analyst Jitesh Ubrani, the IB Times pointed to flagging efforts to revive the iPad brand as negligible events in the grand scheme of market dominance. A coming preference for large phones may further de-emphasize tablets while keeping the focus on impressive screens and powerful applications. Such tablet-based functions could move back into the smartphone realm without changing much at all.
The news provider explained that leaks have seemingly tipped the world off to the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 early, and the features list includes many future-looking innovations. With payment systems built in and wireless charging standard, the devices seem poised to deliver more than power. There's that too, of course, with a CPU 50 percent faster than the current model planned. Industry and consumer buyers will supposedly learn the final specs of the device in March. With this new handset on the market, along with the iPhone 7, there will be several options available to keep mobile device shipments strong and provide a continued platform for specialized content.
The dominant market status of phone-tablet hybrids may be a few years off, but there are already plenty of good offerings available if prospective developers want to see what the hardware looks like in everyday use. A recent Forbes overview noted that Android is where the phablet trend made its initial impact and, between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Google Nexus 6 by Motorola, there are multiple powerful devices sporting screens that approach tablet-scale. The source explained that the Note in particular is excellent for business use and more powerful than the iPhone 6 Plus in a professional context.