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[5]: Comment by Valhalla
by Neolander on Thu 24th Jan 2013 07:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Valhalla"
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Of course, one can often do what I did at work and wire a laptop or tablet into a full desktop setup, complete with a keyboard, mouse, large screen, faster and more reliable wired networking, etc...

The core reason why I did this, though, is that I didn't really need a laptop to begin with. If I actually did, I wouldn't bother with the constant plugging and unplugging and would just buy a second desktop machine for the "static" work, with some sort of periodic data syncing between both.

That's what I meant when I said that good enough docking could change the situation. As of today, using a tablet or laptop in a desktop configuration when all you actually need is a desktop, is just too much of a hassle for too high of a price.

As for your argument that desktops are still being phased out in favor of laptops, I frankly doubt it. The average desktop lasts less than a decade, and "good enough" laptops have been around for longer than that, so people who actually needed a more portable device have likely already made the switch.

Edited 2013-01-24 07:36 UTC

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