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Will the Tablet Replace the PC?

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The iPad has enjoyed amazingly explosive levels of popularity over the past couple of months. In fact, a new iPad is purchased once every three seconds. Over 2 million have been units sold in the United States alone (international releases are just beginning now). For purposes of comparison, it took Apple four months to sell 2 million iPhones, while the iPod took two years to reach the same milestone. According to Steve Jobs, tablets are the future of computing and will be where Apple is focusing its efforts for the next decade. Does the iPad's success spell the demise of computers as we know them?

Apple’s New Direction: Will the Tablet Replace the PC?

Yesterday at the D8 conference in Los Angeles, Steve Jobs laid out his vision of what’s to come. While Apple’s CEO went in-depth on a plethora of interesting subjects (e.g. Adobe Flash, the lost iPhone, iAds), he spent much of the stage time talking about the future of computing, specifically the PC.

Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of AllThingsD asked Jobs whether the tablet is going to replace the laptop. Jobs’s response was an analogy:

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them. And this is going to make some people uneasy.”

That short exchange says a lot about the direction Apple could take computing over the next decade.

via Apple's New Direction: Will the Tablet Replace the PC?. Posted by Ben Parr.