On 'The Era of Personal Computing'

Ben Bajarin for TIME, on the effect of smartphones (and tablets) on “personal computing”:

We are witnessing an unprecedented event in the history of computing. The transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7 is on pace to become the fastest operating system transition ever. As I reflect on this, it brings to light some very interesting observations.

The first, which is perhaps the most interesting, is the value iPhone users associate with iOS.

With no other platform, mobile or otherwise, do you see this level of demand on the day an operating system upgrade becomes available. iPhone customers value iOS.

Really thoughtful writing by Ben; good analysis throughout.

For me, I’ve found that, because my iOS devices mean so much to my day-to-day living, I get far more excited for new iOS hardware and software than I do new Macs or new versions of OS X. Moreover, I’m far more likely to upgrade my iPhone or iPad faster than I am my Mac. So long as my 5-year-old MacBook can adequately handle 10.9 (Mavericks), then I’m content. Ideally, I’d love a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but a new iPhone and/or iPad take priority over a new Mac.

My entire life is on my iPhone and iPad, and I’m not the only one.