I over heard one of my bosses talk the other day and they were saying how smartphones (well BlackBerry to be precise) are so close to replacing the laptop and immediately I drew up some concerns. Although the latest smartphones have a 700mhz processor, up to 16 gigs of storage they have a tiny 2 inch screen (resolution doesn't count!), a patheticly tiny keyboard and an ergonomics professors' nightmare. So this lead me to think about our current laptops. What will they evolve into? Personally, I think smartphones will eventually hit a plateau (ie they won't get any faster because the battery life will last 5 seconds), probably around the same speeds as our laptops. Our laptops will probably hit Macbook Pro sizes (with Apple laptops being rediculously well engineered and thinner) but with vastly more hardware in them. I'm just going to hypothesize what a Macbook Pro will look like in 2020 (ten years or so): MacBook Pro 15.4 formfactor (unibody design... .5 inchs thick) 16 inch (fits RIGHT to be bezel) 2560x1200 Ultra high res DPI dependent full multitouch glass display 1TB XDR RAM using Quickconnect 128x CPU 3.0ghz 32core processor GPU 256 stream CUDA processors Ram shared with on CPU using ultra faster quickconnect interlink 10 TB SSD Flash drive\ USB 3.0 x 5 DisplayPort 2.0 NO DVD (in 10 years everyone will be using their smartphones to rent movies from BlockBuster then transfering to laptop through 902.11p to rent movies or download them from iTunes at full 1080i Bluray) Wireless 902.11n, WIMAX 10 hours battery life (assuming some sort of Battery breakthrough happens) Hmm, I dunno people. Do we need that kind of computer?