Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:09 UTC
Apple "Apple Inc reported quarterly revenue that slightly missed Wall Street expectations as sales of its flagship iPhone came in below target, sending its shares down more than 4 percent. The world's largest technology company shipped 47.8 million iPhones, lower than the roughly 50 million that Wall Street analysts had predicted. Sales of the iPad came in at 22.9 million in the fiscal first quarter, about in line with forecasts." I'll leave the financials to the experts, but one thing that stood out to me: Apple sold 4.2 million Macs, almost a million below expectations. How much of a future does desktop computing have at Apple? Update: The NYT/Reuters changed the title during the night. Fixed it.
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by Valhalla on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 23:12 UTC
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How much of a future does desktop computing have at Apple?


Well the larger question is likely how much of a future the current way we think of 'desktop computing' has.

Back when Steve Jobs declared the 'post-pc era' is arriving I put little to no stock to it given that it was such a self-serving prophecy. Apple had realised that Microsoft's monopoly on the traditional pc desktop could not be budged and thus ushered in a new 'era' where the pc desktop as we think of it would be obsolete.

Like I said, I didn't buy into it, but now we're seeing how Microsoft is desperately scrambling to get any kind of foothold in these 'post-pc' era mobile devices, and in order to do so being fully prepared to sacrifice their relationships with OEM's, not to mention pissing off a large amount of users who see no need for a mobile touch focused UI on their desktop machines.

We are seeing the computing power in these mobile devices increase at a rather rapid pace, so is the 'future' of desktop computing a 'tablet' to which you connect a keyboard/mouse (and alternatively a larger screen) if/when you want to use it as a 'desktop pc'?

As such it would consolidate the traditional 'desktop pc' and the 'laptop pc', I suppose?

Anyway, interesting times ahead.

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