Linked by snydeq on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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Agreed. Steve Jobs has pronounced the end of the personal computer era, not the end of the personal computer. Whether he's right or not, Steve Jobs has no desire to see the end of the personal computer. In fact, Mac sales increased 37% year-over-year in the last quarter despite the introduction of the iPad.

Personally, I think he's right. I use a MacBook Pro at the office. I stopped bringing it home each night after I bought an iPad. The iPad can't replace the MacBook Pro at the office but it serves all my computing needs at home.

The iPad and the rise of other mobile devices do signal a true sea change in computing. The personal computer is here to stay but it is no longer the dominant computing platform.

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