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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RE[4]: Comment by Valhalla
by Valhalla on Thu 24th Jan 2013 06:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Valhalla"
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This super amazing, futuristic device is called a Surface Pro.

Well, duh, what do think I was getting at? ;D

This (or a device very similar to this) is what Microsoft is (from the looks of it) hedging their bets on for the future.

It will be interesting to see if Microsoft can fully transition to this 'post pc era' (if indeed it is what we are seeing) and end up with a large part of the 'post pc era' marketshare or if Apple and Google has already gotten too much of a head start.

Surface RT bombed so it seems clear that should Windows be able to compete in this market it needs to leverage the large amount of Windows apps and developers which is where Surface Pro come in.

However I doubt that legacy apps on the Surface Pro will 'cut it' from a average consumer perspective so there will still likely be a strong need for Metro/Surface-ified applications which needs to be written.

Also the ~4 hour battery time reported is poor, but the big thing is the price, $899 without the type cover which is another $129 from my understanding.

I can't see them competing with the Apple/Android tablets on this price, even though this, unlike Surface RT actually has a software ecosystem.

So as I see it, this means that Surface Pro is squarely aimed as the 'future' desktop/laptop consolidated device I was previously speculating about, will that niche (which is what it currently is, a 'desktop pc' in a tablet form) be attractive enough to give Microsoft a 'tablet' market share?

I'm doubtful, but it will certainly be interesting too see how it all pans out, Microsoft certainly seems to have gone 'all aboard' on the 'post pc era' bandwagon.

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