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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RE[2]: It cannot be included
by M.Onty on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:21 UTC in reply to "RE: It cannot be included"
M.Onty
Member since:
2009-10-23

Or maybe we should look at the Wikpedia definition:
A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end user with no intervening computer operator.

That makes the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, my Moto Droid, my netbook, my commodore64 and several other machines personal computers...


True, except that there is an alternate, far more common usage for 'PC' which refers to IBM Compatibles (after all it sounds a bit daft to call them 'IBM Compatibles' today).

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RE[3]: It cannot be included
by aesiamun on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:44 in reply to "RE[2]: It cannot be included"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

True, except that there is an alternate, far more common usage for 'PC' which refers to IBM Compatibles (after all it sounds a bit daft to call them 'IBM Compatibles' today).


I don't believe this is far more common. Apple made people think that this is the true meaning of it during their "I'm a mac, I'm a pc" advertising campaign.

Even then, Macintosh computers are PCs...by the original (and I believe canonical) definition.

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RIchard James13 Member since:
2007-10-26

Historically the Altair was first advertised as a PC. The IBM PC popularised the term further.

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