January 7, 2013

Technology Obsolescence Of 2012

On January 1, 2013, Business Insider reported on several things that went obsolete in 2012. I agree with many of these obsolete things; however, some of them I believe are a bit preemptive. I’ll start with the things I feel are not quite obsolete and finish with those things I agree are now obsolete.

Jumping the gun—or things that I do not agree are completely obsolete


You have seen them; these are those tiny computers with ten inch screens and Intel Atom processors. They lack adequate storage space, but they are cheap and easy to carry. Though I do believe they are on their way out, they are not quite obsolete. Maybe 2013 will bring that.

Hard Drives

Business Insider believes that external hard drives are now obsolete thanks to Google Drive and iCloud as well as other cloud sites. Again, I disagree. Many people still appreciate the safety of their own hard drives. And, frankly, some believe in the importance of saving their works in multiple places including external hard drives, clouds, and thumbdrives. The clouds are great additional storage spaces, but many computer users also appreciate the external drive.

Buying individual songs or albums

Because of YouTube and Spotify, Business Insider claims that individual songs and albums are becoming obsolete. If people still buy records, then they will still buy albums. Individual songs may be obsolete, but albums are not. For music lovers, the albums matter whether in electronic forms or physical ones.

Getting it right—the things I agree are now obsolete

Small-screened smartphones

Whether it is Apple or Samsung or whatever brand, the smart phones have moved to bigger, better screens. I definitely agree that the smaller screens are a thing of the past.

Apple’s 30-pin cable

Yes, with the iPhone 5, Apple created a different input for charging and syncing the iPhone 5. It is a bit annoying considering all iPhones, iPads, and iPods for the past several years used the 30-pin input, yet the new cable is less likely to break. It is a good move, but also an annoying one.


According to Business Insider, more than fifty percent of people in the U.S. now have smartphones, so we no longer have to guess the answer. When in discussion, we can simply pull out our smartphones and quickly research the answer. This may also lead to people retaining less knowledge because they can easily look it up, though. We shall see.

Apple Maps

Yeah…this was a bad decision all around for Apple. In less than a year, this app went obsolete. Good riddance, too.

Standalone GPS machines

Almost all smartphones have turn-by-turn directions, so who needs a TomTom or other standalone unit?

Alarm Clocks

Again, thanks to the smartphone, people no longer need traditional alarm clocks. I have not used an alarm clock is something like six years. My smartphone has been my alarm since then. I know I am not alone in this.

The Disk Drive

I actually feel a bit torn by this one. On the one hand, most programs and installations can be downloaded directly from the internet, but many people use their computers to watch DVDs. I definitely think the disk drive is on its way out, and fast, but I feel a bit sad about it, too.

The non-smartphone camera

With the improvement of the smartphone cameras, most people have moved beyond the digital click and shoot cameras. It seems the average Jane and Joe are now using their phones to take pictures. Only those interested in the art and science of photography have additional cameras now…or soon enough that will be the case.

I left off discussing a couple of things from the article because I felt these were all more important. For the others, check out the link above. With each new year, technology changes, and things become obsolete. 2012 was no different. I wonder what 2013 will change?

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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