Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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I have an iPad, and it's not a PC
by jack_perry on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:46 UTC
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have an iPad, and I like it very much. But I'd say that it isn't a PC as distributed, because Apple has crippled it. If I had the freedom to write computer programs on it, to compile them on it, to port OSS like latex and lyx to the iPad, all without going through the hassle of jailbreaking it, then sure, it would be a PC.

Since I don't, it isn't.

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Quake Member since:
2005-10-14

The problem is (my opinion), the average user won't agree with that analogy. If they can use the computer as they see fit (e-mail, word processing, youtube, facebook...) it's a pc to them.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

A PC that depends on iTunes loaded on another computer for basic functionality? Surely a PC works far better as a standalone system than an iPad.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

The average joe doesn't know the difference between an ape and monkey either. This is why we have experts.

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ndeplume10 Member since:
2010-10-18

You don't need to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to write your own code and install it on your own device. You can do that with Xcode and the iOS SDK.

You just can't distribute the code you write to other device owners.

But, to say you can't write your own code for your own device is mistaken.

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organgtool Member since:
2010-02-25

He said he wanted to write his own code on the iPad itself. I imagine he doesn't want to be bothered with writing code and constantly transferring the binaries just to test it out. Sure, dev kits usually come with emulators, but you need to perform real-world tests on the device itself since emulators don't provide the same experience as using the actual device.

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