“‘When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm,’ Jobs said at our D8 conference in 2010. ‘But as vehicles started to be used in the urban centers, cars got more popular. Innovations like automatic transmission and power steering and things that you didn’t care about in a truck as much started to become paramount in cars. … PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around, they’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by one out of x people,'” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“At the time that remark was a bit contentious, but like many Jobs predictions, it would prove prescient a few years later,” Paczkowski reports. “To wit, the latest PC shipment forecast from NPD DisplaySearch, which predicts tablets will outship notebooks this year.”

Paczkowski reports, “The consumer tablet market isn’t even three years old yet, but it’s already poised to surpass the market for laptops. And by such a significant amount — nearly 16 percent. Jobs said the day would come when only one out of every few people would need a traditional computer. Hard to believe it’s arriving so quickly.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It was only contentious to those who make/made their livings peddling PCs. It’s not rocket science: The things for which the vast majority of people use/used personal computers is easily accomplished with an iPad. PCs are overkill for the vast majority of people, just like an 18-wheeler is vs. a car/SUV.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “GetMeOnTop” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]