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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The really funny thing about this
by darknexus on Wed 7th Jul 2010 11:53 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

The iPad can never replace a general purpose computer in its present form for one major reason everyone seems to be forgetting: it relies on such computers to work! Think about it. The initial setup of the iPad requires iTunes on a computer. To get content over to the device that you've previously purchased requires a general purpose computer, since Apple were idiotic enough not to include standard USB ports or an SD card slot. To update the software or reload it again requires a computer.
Therefore, despite what Annoying Steve wants us to think, for now all iPad owners must also own a general purpose computer if they wish to make full use of their device. Got to love the irony of his statements though.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

exactly. That is probably coming in a future version of the iPad (And most other tablets as well).

The current iPad & other presently available tablets are the first of a new breed of appliance. Once upon a time, the PC was in the same position.
Lets see how things are in a couple of years with the 3rd generation devices.

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