The price gap between tablets and their more expensive laptop cousins should shrink, Olds said. "As tablets add more sophisticated capabilities and laptop vendors drop prices to stay in the competitive mix, we're going to see them come closer together," he added.
This convergence, according to Moorhead, will make it easier to use our computers no matter where we are and what we're doing.
"Convergence enables a continuous computing experience, meaning we can do what we want, where we want, when we want, and how we want," he added. "This provides a degree of freedom, empowerment, and productivity no generation has ever seen before."
This convergence could also be a boon for the struggling PC market, Moorheard noted. With changes coming to the traditional laptop and desktop, consumers and enterprises could start to turn more of their attention back to those markets.
According to Enderle, the next several years should yield some interesting technological changes.
"We are still just at the start of this process and it could take up to five years for it to fully complete, or it could be over in as little as two even more tumultuous ones," he said.
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