It seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. Rapid advancement in mobile is often attributed to the natural disruption by which emerging industries innovate quickly, while established markets like PCs follow a slower, more sustained trajectory.
But there are deeper fundamentals driving the breathtaking pace of smartphone advancement. Component vendors supplying to smartphone OEMs have evolved a much different DNA than those supplying to PC makers.
Intel's monopoly in PC processors and peripheral chipsets has caused PC innovation to stagnate. It's no surprise people reach for their iPhone when in front of a computer—the mobile experience is often better.
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