“If Apple CEO Tim Cook’s predictions are correct, some consumers will never buy a desktop computer,” Althea Chang reports for CNBC. “Tablets and smartphones could take over as the primary way some of them access the Internet, according a recent BuzzFeed interview with the chief executive. ‘Because I think now we’re at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs,’ Cook told the news site.”
“The average consumer who only needs to check Facebook, send emails and watch streaming movies, for instance, only needs the computing power and the memory that a tablet can provide,” Chang reports. “‘Even today there are some people who only use their iPads as their main computer and it meets their needs just fine,’ said Tim Bajarin, president of tech research firm Creative Strategies, in an email echoing Cook’s sentiment.”
Chang reports, “While mobile devices may be enough for some users, Apple’s CEO said in his interview with BuzzFeed that he expects to see Mac sales grow in the long term.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yup.
Ask yourself, “What does the vast majority use a computer for?” Web browsing, email, some word processing, and games. That’s about it. Really. Of course, iPad does all of that and much, much more. — MacDailyNews Take, June 22, 2012
When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm. 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… I think that we’re embarked on that… You know, people laugh at me because I use the phrase “magical” to describe the iPad. But it’s what I really think. You have a much more direct and intimate relationship with the Internet and media, your apps, your content. It’s like some intermediate thing has been removed and stripped away. – Apple CEO Steve Jobs, June 1, 2010