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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by Drumhellar on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:09 UTC
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You can't do iPad development on an iPad. You need a desktop PC for that.

However, you can do desktop PC development on a desktop PC.

This, I think, is the main distinguishing factor.

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RE: Development
by M.Onty on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:15 in reply to "Development"
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2009-10-23

You can't do iPad development on an iPad. You need a desktop PC for that.

However, you can do desktop PC development on a desktop PC.

This, I think, is the main distinguishing factor.


I could develop Z88 programs on a Sinclair Z88, but I wouldn't say it was a PC.

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RE[2]: Development
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:16 in reply to "RE: Development"
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2006-07-14

Or a Texas Instruments Graphing Calc.

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RE: Development
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:16 in reply to "Development"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What do you mean by "can"? You need to install additional software to a win 7 or mac to do development for them. You could probably do the same thing on an ipad, if you jail break.

In any case, what about a galaxy tablet? You can install Android Script Environment and python to do development on the device itself. Does that mean Galaxies are pcs, but Ipads are not?

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RE[2]: Development
by M.Onty on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:23 in reply to "RE: Development"
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2009-10-23

... You could probably do the same thing on an ipad, if you jail break. ... Does that mean Galaxies are PCs, but iPads are not?


You hit the nail on the head---it cannot be properly defined by functionality when they are all Universal Computers and all capable of much more than what was rightly called a PC in times past. Any definition would have to be based on something less concrete such as intended primary function (as someone suggested above) or lineage (as I suggested above).

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RE[2]: Development
by Drumhellar on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:43 in reply to "RE: Development"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

While software development is technically possible on an iPad (or an iPod, for that matter), it's not really practical, and certainly can't be done without some non-standard modifications (such as jailbreaking, which requires a desktop to do anyways)

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