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 Soulbender on Thu 24th Jan 2013 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Valhalla"
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Stuff like an increased value for the price in "static" use cases

True but tablets are already pretty cheap. Either way, this still spells the decline of desktop computing.

larger and higher-quality screens

Well, what if you can connect a larger monitor to your tablet?

screens, better ergonomics when you want to work for an extended period of time

I really don't see how a desktop would provide better ergonomics in the case where the tablet has an external mouse and keyboard.

Not everyone needs a desktop, but those desktops which haven't been replaced by laptops likely won't be replaced by tablets either.

True but they won't last forever and when they die, or are no longer "good enough", they're unlikely to be replaced by another desktop.

Edited 2013-01-24 06:44 UTC

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