a16z Podcast: So Where Are We on the 'S-curve' for PC Devices?

Benedict & Steven explore Apple/Microsoft's latest products

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Really interesting to listen to Benedict and Steven break down the latest product announcements. Lots of analysis on the stages of the S curve that desktop and mobile technology is at, and how the high price for both the new MacBook Pro and Microsoft Surface Studio is just a reality of where desktop computers are going to be priced at now with a shift in everyday computing moving to mobile ("if you want a cheap computer, get a phone."
From the show notes: There have been a number of new device announcements this past month -- from Google’s new Pixel phone (the first time they made their own phone on the hardware side as well) to more recently, Apple’s announcements around a new Macbook Pro and innovations in touch (including a Touchbar that replaces function keys and bringing TouchID to Macs); and then Microsoft, which among other things announced a new Surface Studio -- an all-in-one touchscreen desktop PC. How do these change the future of work? Turns out, even seemingly small interface improvements could have significant consequences for user behavior. Just look at touch. More broadly, though, what happens when a software maker becomes a hardware maker? Or when we're in the middle of an architecture shift, as we are right now with x86 to ARM processors in mobile (and beyond)? It's all about where you're at on the "S-curve" of innovation (a concept first coined by Gabriel Tarde and expanded on Everett Rogers in his theory of innovation diffusion). And sometimes, the best is the last... But how can we tell where something is on that curve? The right comparisons matter here, and a16z's Benedict Evans and board partner Steven Sinofsky try to make them in this episode of the podcast!