Linked by snydeq on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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End of an era != Gone forever.
by theTSF on Tue 6th Jul 2010 17:09 UTC
theTSF
Member since:
2005-09-27

The PC Will relegate to where mainframes are today. Not dead, still strong and well supported. However no-longer the love child of the indrustry, just a work horse.

Many of these arguments are very similar to the ones used against PC vs mainframes.

However what happens is that it will PCs will shift from a device you need to have, to a device that you should have, to a Device that would be useful in these particular use cases. The PC will move away from general computing to more direct computing. And no longer needed by everyone just a select few who need the horsepower

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The PC will move away from general computing to more direct computing.


I think I know what General computing means, but not direct computing. That just sounds odd. Do you mean to say that tablets will be the thin clients, and desktops the servers for those clients? That would be an interesting take, one which Microsoft has advocated for a while.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Have you ever seen someone use an iPad? It would be fine for occasional browsing but not as a replacement for a laptop.

I think people take for granted the fact that a laptop screen can be easily adjusted to the proper angle. That and you don't have to cover the screen with your fingers when typing.

An iPad would be fine for browsing in bed or on the toilet but forget about them replacing laptops, especially when you can get a good W7 laptop for $300.

Edited 2010-07-07 03:28 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The PC Will relegate to where mainframes are today. Not dead, still strong and well supported. However no-longer the love child of the indrustry, just a work horse.


Hello? Wake up! PC is already the work horse of the industry. And the laptop is the PC these days. Stationary computers have moved into the realm of workstations and gaming machines.

And in PC vs mainframes there was one crucial point - price! Tablets are still more expensive than a lot of laptops and way more expensive than most stationary computers.

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