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

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thavith_osn Member since:

Interesting point, but and ape and monkey are different at the moment due to the way "experts" classify them. If they classified them using different metrics, then they both might be apes, monkeys or something else. If I classify based on eyes for instance, then humans and the octopus might be more closely related, based on skin, the humans and pigs and so on...

Smartphones are PCs, they just don't look like what we traditionally think of as a PC. They have a CPU and are capable of so much more than what a lot of PC's of the past could handle. No one would argue that the original IBM PC is a PC, yet most smartphones would be able to emulate one of those.

I don't usually agree with Thorn, but in this case I think he's right.

Apple saw the world moving to mobile devices and moved with it. Other companies haven't been as quick. In 30 years time people will look at our classification of a PC and laugh, just as we laugh at the Apple ]['s and C64's of the past (I can't believe it's 30 years since I first used an Apple ][) - wow.

Here is an interesting point.
Some have suggest the iPad isn't a PC because they don't have the ability to write code for it.
I have the ability to write code and run it on an iPad as I have paid the $99 per year to be part of Apple dev. Actually, the tools are "free", just the keys I need cost the $99. I don't even need to submit the applications I write, I just need to update the provisioning keys once every 2 months or so.

If I need to write some code for the Windows platform, and the only way for me and my team to do this is to "buy" Visual Studio or some such as the "free" alternatives aren't up to the job, does that then exclude the Windows platform as a PC (for me) as I must pay to code for it? Many of the development tools we use aren't free.

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woegjiub Member since:

Technically, Humans are a subtype of ape, and apes are a subtype of monkeys.

Therefore, apes are apes AND monkeys.

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