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[2]: Comment by Valhalla
by Soulbender on Thu 24th Jan 2013 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Valhalla"
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Desktop computing will be around for a long time

Sure, but the use of large, bulky and immobile desktop computers will decline and it will probably happen with some haste.

not least because tablets and phones are ergonomically poor for doing pretty much anything work-like, and not really all that good for anything else.

Attach a proper keyboard, mouse and a USB drive and you can do most desktop tasks on a tablet with ease. Desktops will still be around for demanding tasks but most user's will be fine with a flexible tablet.

The "post-PC era" just means web sites need to be accessible to mobile interfaces

What the rather stupid term Post-PC mean is the decline of desktop computing.

PC sales are slowing down because your old PC is good enough.

Right and with more and more powerful and flexible mobile systems why would you buy a desktop once your old desktop no longer is good enough?

Edited 2013-01-24 06:24 UTC

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