David Blaine of all people alerted me to an Ars Technica forum post that highlights the wild leaps forward in technology as well as the continued thrust into mobile computing of the last ten years.
Comparing the specs of the new iPhone 4 with an iMac 500 launched around this time in 2000, Apple's smartphone beats the once powerful desktop in almost all areas.
The $199 iPhone 4 which now supports HD video recording and editing betters the then $1499 all-in-one computer that I can remember laying out magazine pages on!
While the relative value of processor speeds could be questioned, the iPhone 4 certainly offers more impressive graphics, memory and even HD capacity than the old iMac and with a weight differential of almost 30 ounces.
Ten years is a long time in technology terms, but this interesting comparison does serve to point out just how rapidly we're advancing and how accurate those who predicted the dominance of mobile computers are set to be.