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Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE[3]: Too much misinformation
by Tony Swash on Fri 26th Aug 2011 11:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too much misinformation"
Tony Swash
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Good grief, not this again.

The bold is my highlighting.

What in your opinion, will we use in the future for:

1/ The design of new Microprocessors
2/ Industrial Design applications (e.g. Toasters, Fridges, Furniture, etc.)
3/ Mechanical Design (Cars, Trains, etc.)
4/ Software Engineering (Not only for PCs, but tablets, smart phones, embedded devices, etc.)
5/ Graphics/Photo Editing
6/ 3D Rendering (Movies, Images, etc.)
7/ Sound Editing (Including composition of Music, etc.)
8/ The ability to administer, deploy and manage these applications on a network (in an office or at home)

...I could go on, but I guess I've made the point...

I can't wait to see the very fancy tablet to accomplish these tasks!

Or maybe we will just amuse ourselves with Angry Birds all day and forgo civilisation? :-)

IMHO - The "PC" in one form or another is the MOST important part of technology for the foreseeable future!


I suppose it depends on how you define important. Nobody is suggesting that the PC will go away, it's just that it's weight in terms of what drives technology forward, where the money is being made and its overall social and cultural impact is declining.

We have already reached the point where more than half the devices being used to access the internet is non-pc, soon the non-pc devices will represent far more than half.

If you look at your points one by one you get this:

1/ The design of new Microprocessors
2/ Industrial Design applications (e.g. Toasters, Fridges, Furniture, etc.)
3/ Mechanical Design (Cars, Trains, etc.)
4/ Software Engineering (Not only for PCs, but tablets, smart phones, embedded devices, etc.)

True PCs will probably be best for these functions, but in relatively small numbers compared to the numbers of non-pc devices. How many PC will need globally to do this sort of stuff, a few millions perhaps.

5/ Graphics/Photo Editing
6/ 3D Rendering (Movies, Images, etc.)
7/ Sound Editing (Including composition of Music, etc.)


These points I think are more mixed, here many people will find that non-pc devices are perfectly good enough for what they want to do with their music, photos or videos, particularly as the capabilities of such devices improves. Then there will many pros who will use a mix of PC and non-pc such as pro photographers who are adopting the iPad and a complimentary device in large numbers. The same with videos and music.

8/ The ability to administer, deploy and manage these applications on a network (in an office or at home)

Here I think the collapse of the pc paradigm my be surprisingly rapid. In the home come iOS5 for example a pc will no longer be required to administer anything, the same will go for many small and medium sized firms I think.

I think you may be surprised at how rapid the non-pc device revolution is going to be

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