Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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Apple Doesn't Market It As a PC
by organgtool on Tue 19th Oct 2010 16:08 UTC
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The iPad is a companion to a computer and not an independent device. Think about it - you need a computer to update iOS, transfer pictures or video from your camera, transfer music, etc. It also doesn't support true multitasking like all PC's in the last several decades. It was built with a focus on allowing users to consume content rather than create it (I know there are apps to create content on the iPad and most of them are watered down versions of their Mac counterparts).

Apple does not market the iPad as a PC because it is not and this makes sense from their point of view. If they made it an independent device, then you wouldn't need to buy an actual computer and that would start to diminish sales of their other products, especially MacBooks.

Finally, if you still insist on defining the iPad as a PC, then you should also include all smartphones since they are very similar to the iPad. Then we would get to have fun resurrecting the debate over the definition of a smartphone. ;)

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