As we near WWDC 2017 and the introduction of what may be named iOS 11, I wanted to post this thought starter: Does the future of mobile computing (iOS, Android, etc...) include a future for what we now know as apps (that is: discrete, user-selected mobile applications used to accomplish fairly unique tasks)? Or are we headed for a future when the mobile device is simply able to provide what is desired without the visible intervention of a discrete application? There are some signs of the latter with things like SiriKit, that allow app-like responses without the user needing to open the responsible app. Think of things like "Siri, I need a Lyft ride to the airport". Although this cannot be done currently completely without reference to the Lyft app, a great deal of the transaction can occur without the user needing to open or interact with the Lyft app. If the state is ever reached of not needing "an app for that", we will be coming close to reaching the age of computing seen in the S-F genre over the years: truly frictionless interactions with AI type devices. Of course, this is not going to make a lot of app developers happy, as even if their code is used to power the back-end of an interaction with the device, I suspect a lot them like having something discrete like an app icon to identify their contribution to the mobile computing experience. That said, I think a lot of end users may clamor for this eventually, as the proliferation of thngs like fast food chain apps continues. I think people would like to be able to type or say "Order _____ from [restaurant name]" rather than have 10 different fast food chain apps on their phone to accomplish the same thing. I know I am in that camp. So, where do you think this is going? Respond to the poll and post your comments!