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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No, but when your iPad becomes obsolete and/or breaks and you buy the newest tablet-thingy and find out that you can't put any of the $500 of music you bought onto it, then you might care.

You can sync to a new device.

Not if that device is not made, or at least sanctioned, by Apple you can't. Bye bye movies, audiobooks, and any other drmed material you've bought from iTunes. Apple has made their intent clear on this, protected iTunes content can be played only on Apple devices or by iTunes on a computer.
Oh, and syncing to a new device requires... a general purpose computer! Yet another reason the iPad won't ever replace them even for home use, you at least need a computer to get material on or off the thing.

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