Happy New Year to all esteemed followers of the column. Some of you have been there for the column for the last 17 years; thank you so much.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was not the best time to be around; the economy did not perform as predicted and that meant less money chasing the many tech gadgets on the market.
While that sounds not so good, it was actually a blessing in disguise. Both Apple and Samsung were very careful with the pricing of their premium smartphones. The newly introduced iPhone 12 Mini, with all the bells and whistles of an iPhone decorum, costs only $699.
While the epidemic slowed business in sectors like tourism and air transportation, some sectors of the technology industry were overwhelmed with business. Companies like eBay, Amazon and e-restaurants could not cop up and had no choice but to employ more people so they could satisfy all the orders.
One day, covid-19 will be history but its effects will remain. Covid-19 has awakened our technology ‘instincts’. We now, more than ever, realise that it is not only cost-effective but also healthy to conduct virtual meetings.
Our 193 members of Parliament who are each supplied with a laptop can actually deliberate bills and pass them each in the comfort of their homes. Imagine the savings in allowances!
Judges have demonstrated that they do not have to be physically in court rooms to hear cases. Presidents and their bloated entourage do not have to fly business class to attend regional or international conferences. Technologies exist that facilitate virtual meetings.
In this information age, church is not a building but an app on a member’s smartphone. Churches must take advantage of mobile money platforms to collect offerings.
That said, what can you expect in 2021? Apple will continue to ride high. The company introduced two types of chips for laptops and smartphones; M1 and M14. They are very powerful chips and none in the industry seems ready to challenge Apple.
M1 laptops will continue to be popular in 2021. The good news for both Intel and Microsoft is that there will always be somebody in the market for an Intel chip laptop running Windows.
Chinese companies like Huawei should be optimistic that the United States (US) will lift sanctions against them. With Trump out of the White House, US-China trade relationships should normalise. Companies like Huawei are important because they provide alternatives to Samsung and Apple smartphones.
Above all, gadgets will continue to be more affordable as disposable incomes will continue to shrink in the face of Covid-19 second wave. Better days are coming.