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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RE[2]: Screw Steve Jobs...
by parrotjoe on Wed 7th Jul 2010 17:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Screw Steve Jobs..."
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ssa, I agree that the iPad/tablets will not replace PC's. I also agree about the media lapping up whatever Jobs says. I don't blame Jobs - he has always been a pitchman.

But, I strongly disagree about the iPad being a fad and a toy. Companies and people have been trying to do something with tablets for a long time. It is finally good enough, so to speak. Except for (I suppose) some people who just surf, write short emails, twitter, check Facebook, etc., it won't replace anything. It is something different and will occupy a new niche. An iPad cannot do enough to be called a "PC", but it can do too much to call it a toy.

This made me think about netbooks. Everyone's talking about the death of netbooks. Well, things have slowed down and, at first, there were loud complaints about them too. I love my netbook and, as far as I can tell, I'll always want to have one. It comes in mighty handy. I think this is true of the iPad too. (And other tablets to come). Like netbooks, they have their shortcomings, but they do offer something to people.

A PC replacement though - no.

Edited 2010-07-07 17:01 UTC

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