I’ve been wondering…
If computers were first conceived as modular, in the sense that you needed to assemble all the components (a case, hard drive, disk drive, speakers, mouse, graphics card, motherboard, etc.), then why didn’t phones start at that phase too and work their way up?
It’s pretty incredible how with computers we went from these desktops with multiple modules, to desktops that were pre-assembled, where you didn’t have a choice as to what you could change.
Arguably, one could also say that the modularity of computers never left, in that you could still pick and choose the different components that went into a laptop. But that’s an entirely different arena…and it was still pre-assembled by the OEM.
With phones it seemed like we took this starting block of mobile computers, mobile phones already pre-assembled, then progressed to this point where (because of price and cost) we now have the advent of modular phones.
What’s next, I wonder…?