Future nostalgia

If the direction forged by the Apple Vision Pro succeeds, the now ubiquitous notebook computer might soon go away. Rather than hunching over a little computer with a limited screen size, people who need to do serious knowledge work will be able to access a truly expansive virtual computer with unlimited screen space upon which to see and organize their work.

In moments of future nostalgia, we might look back on the clamshell format with a wistful fondness. These memories might be somewhat akin to the way we now remember the old corded phone that used to be found in every kitchen and bedroom.

Eventually the entire concept of the notebook computer might fade from collective memory, other than as an historical curiosity. It will be seen only in old movies and TV shows, a quaint period detail forever preserved in amber.

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