I’ve had a chance to review an as-yet unpublished post-COVID-19 survey that suggests there’s been a significant change in how we use our devices. Streaming and video conferencing apps have seen a massive increase, and tablet use is up sharply as people move around their homes while remaining both connected to their work and connected, via conferencing, to their co-workers. (While this didn’t show up in the survey, I notice that on significant calls I’m part of, people are increasingly trying to pick interesting places to conference from outside of their home or home office.)
It’s still early for significant changes to the hardware we are using to show up – typically, it takes a year for behavior to change and then another six months to a year to see that reflected in the design and manufacturing process. However, I think we can make some determinations about where the emphasis is likely to change for products in 2022.