What do you think of a future iphone becoming your desktop?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Shockwave78, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    Sort of like the Atrix 4g but better implemented. I don't have any doubt that this will be the way of the future, probably within the next 5-7 years mobile phones will started overtaking home pc's.

    Just have a a/v out from the phone with keyboard and mouse somehow implemented and there is your new desktop PC.

    I don't think its a matter of if but when...
  2. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    I already do this with my iPhone:

    - LED monitor w/ VGA inputs
    - Apples iPhone VGA cable
    - Displayout jailbreak app to mirror device on big screen w/ VGA cable
    - Bluetooth keyboard

    Desktop like experience :)
  3. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    we have a long long way to go before that happens, but I do think it will happen someday. iOS really has to develop into something spectacular for this to happen. Maybe iOS X.
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Unless the iPhone can house a quadcore i7 with a ATi Radeon 6xxx series card, 8GB RAM, and a few TB of storage ... then we'll talk.

    I don't think this will ever happen. Even though mobile technology does move forward, so does desktop technology.
  5. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Desktops will always be more powerful... but you can't tell me that a phone couldn't soon put out the power in modern netbooks in order to be usable for this function. Nobody is asking to photoshop on their phone, but a netbook replacement would be great.

    Like the OP said, the atrix but done MUCH better.
  6. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    My iPad gets more use than my macbook these days. I guess I'm already there.
  7. zarathu macrumors regular


    May 14, 2003
    I have a real problem with watching movies on a 2 x 3 inch screen. Quite a kick down from a 55 inch screen with full giant stereo, or even from watching on a 21.5 inch screen. Can't see doing grachic work on a screen that small either.
  8. Shockwave78 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    what? Do you understand what we are talking about here?

    Plugging your iphone into a monitor or most likely a cradle that is a hub that connects your iphone to your monitor and then has usb ports for other peripherals.

    Obviously we are probably a good 15yrs a way from being able to hardcore gaming graphics from the phone, but everything else is there right. The CPU power is there, the memory could be there obviously, the only thing missing would be a 64gb or 128gb internal storage on the phone, everything else could be on an external hard drive.
  9. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    For people who use really old computers/netbooks I think this could be a decent solution, especially for teenagers/elderly people who don't need much more than a way to browse the internet/skype /etc.

    I doubt Apple would go for it though. Why sell you a phone that does everything when they could sell you a phone and an expensive laptop?
  10. zarathu macrumors regular


    May 14, 2003
    Hey....Dude. Replacing a desktop with an upgraded iPhone is what we are talking about. Star Trek is here soon, but will you actually want it? Too much to do first: get rid of the DVD first and replace with static ram chips at the 1 tg level that are cheap. Connect it to a large screen uit with a keyboard etc. Yeah it could happen.
  11. zarathu macrumors regular


    May 14, 2003
    As an elderly person using macs since 1989, I find that offensive.
  12. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Since you failed to read the key word's I bolded them for you. Obviously if you need more, you wouldn't be applicable. I assume you are not every old person in the world. From my experience the elderly generally do not require much beyond what an iPhone could offer, and those who do could easily buy a proper laptop/desktop as they saw fit.
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, I don't see this happening either.
  14. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  15. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Not really. We are light years from Apple doing it, but companies like Microsoft (Windows 8) and Motorola (Atrix) are already getting there. That's not to say it will work for everybody, but I think it could low-end computers and laptops in a few years.
  16. Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
  17. kevintech macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2010
    That doesnt make sense since a light year is a measure of distance. So I hope you were joking lol
  18. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    sigh this is brought up every other week

    if all you do is consume media/browse the Internet then I can see your point (you're probably a kid/middle aged/someone who doesn't use their computer for work, etc)

    It's naive of you to think that people like myself would ever settle for such a piss poor "desktop experience" using an iPhone/ios when real desktops offer options that are 100x better.

    -multiple hard drives
    -multiple monitors
    -gigabyte Internet connection
    -Multiple core processors
    -Multiple gigabytes of Ram
    -GPU processors that have a polygon filtrate 100x-1000x faster
    -1000x more software
    -etc etc

    No thank you I love my desktop. For the lucky few who own a desktop and a laptop it's the best of both worlds.
  19. zarathu macrumors regular


    May 14, 2003
    You have a pretty biased point of view toward your elders, don't you?
  20. zarathu macrumors regular


    May 14, 2003
    A light year is a measure of time.... for light.
  21. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    After watching Transcendent Man, I think our phones will probably become our actual computers.
  22. boss.king, Aug 2, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011

    boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I don't see how it's my fault that most of the old people I know express these as their only needs. I've made no bias here, you have.

    It's the distance that light travels in 1 year (9,460,730,472,580.8 km). People mistakenly use it for a unit of time since it has 'year' in it.

    EDIT: Just out of curiosity, how old are you?
  23. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Nope, it's actually a measure of distance.

    As to the discussion, I don't believe I can see this happening for me in the near future. But one day, yes, I believe phones and computers will be one thanks to docking stations.
  24. iMattcotv macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2010
    I think in a way, iPhones are already most peoples desktop.

    It replaces what the average joe does with a PC:
    - Check and manage Email
    - Browse the web
    - Listen to music
    - Talk to friends on FB, Myspace, MSN
    - Casual Note taking and other utility needs

    That wouldnt include those like me, those who need powerful tools, and screen estate to do those things efficiently and with ease.

    I think the iPhone is an amazing piece of technology, and it has the ability to replace my desktop completely already, at certain times.
    I remember having to update a clients website. I couldnt do that because I was away.. I only had my iPhone on me.

    Actually I lied. I pre-set up everything so that I can manage my PC with my iPhone, and I pleased my client using a handful of different tools on the iPhone, which after I was done, I was blown away that in todays world, one is able to do what I did on a device the size of a wallet. Simply awe inspiring.
  25. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I don't see it happening, even if in 5 or 10 years phones are matching the power of despots today who's going to want to use that as their main computer instead of something newer. If they were going to do this they could have already, phones are at least as powerful as desktops from 10 years ago, but do you really want to go back to that?

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