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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RE[2]: Screw Steve Jobs...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 6th Jul 2010 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Screw Steve Jobs..."
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Steve isn't being an ass when he's furthering the cause of Apple shareholders.

Rest of the industry is being an ass if they let Steve be the only one profiting from this, holding fingers in their ears and shouting "naah, naah, people don't want tablets", instead of striking back.

Oh, I'm sorry--correction--I guess I meant that he's "kissing his company's shareholders' asses while being an ass to everyone else." Some of their own customers and products included, considering the Mac is practically an Apple-blessed PC in disguise. But with an Apple logo and an EFI instead of BIOS, and no Windows by default.

There's always the "wait and see" approach; trying to be out ahead of everyone every second of the way isn't the only business method. You know, like Microsoft and Sony laughed at Nintendo's Wii and said "HD" is the future... and now, whaddaya know, they're both ripping Nintendo off and it's not even the "next" console generation yet. In some cases, it's a good idea to see how well something is going to work instead of scrambling to one-up another company on a potential fad/failure. The Wii, for example, could have been a massive flop--what good would ripping it off have done for competitors if it was a complete failure?

Apple is good at advertising... I wouldn't be the least bit surprised that that's the key point of the iPad's success, just like all their other products. A little bit of innovation, but mostly old ideas used in a new way, wrapped in some nice, shiny advertising. Oh, and a shiny paintjob (which makes me sick when used on electronics, as it is being done more and more these days).

Edited 2010-07-06 20:46 UTC

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