Yesterday, I read an article claiming Apple is killing off the traditional desktop and after reading the article and the comments that followed, I decided I would throw in my two cents.
The title of the article was, Apple is killing the traditional PC faster than you think. When I read the article only a part of the title rang true to me, the traditional PC. After that, the article got pretty far from being anything I thought true.
I do believe that the traditional PC, as we know it, is going to come to an end. You wouldn’t have to be a genius to know this. As technology progresses of course it will change.
Do I believe Apple is killing the PC, of course not, it would be absurd to think so. Do I agree Apple is going to kill off their own PC, yes I do. They are overpriced, not the greatest to work with and will never sell as well as the Windows desktop PC.
For anyone to believe that the traditional PC is going to be killed off, you would need to look at all the variables involved. While Tablets, Laptops, Notebooks and Netbooks are portable and easily traveled compared to a traditional PC, they do not have the capacity to handle to the full extent of what a desktop PC can handle. You have screen size, keyboard and mouse, graphics, physical media and take away the manual labor and you have the majority of the workforce in the world that sits behind a desk and types away at a desktop PC. While this is not the full list of advantages a traditional desktop PC has over portable computers, it is enough to get the general idea of just how attached the world is to the desktop.
One thing that I remember when they came out was Flash Drives and the claims they would kill physical media. Here we are today and physical media still remains a large part of the home even beyond the PC. You have install cdr\DVD, music cdr, photo cdr, movies on DVD and DVDs used for storage. What does the tablet not have, built-in hardware to deal with physical media. To remove physical media you would be looking at more than just the traditional PC but to other household media players as well as stereos, DVD players, portable DVD players and portable CD players. Though there are offerings that give people a choice to use physical media or digital, it’s still here and going strong.
I do believe as technology progresses that desktops will become more compact, screens take up less space but the traditional keyboard and mouse in all honesty is integrated so much into computing it would be fool hardy to think it’s going anywhere anytime soon or even during my lifetime.
Yes, I agree the iPad has been very successful. Anyone that denies it is in denial, but to think that the iPad and anything similar to it at its current state would be a full replacement for the traditional PC is laughable. I personally find the screen size only good for quick viewing, not good to watch movies on or anything related to what I do with a traditional PC. Consumers like the portability but I would wager that the majority will tell you that they have some sort of traditional PC they go home to.
Companies such as HP are already giving us a glimpse of where they are taking the traditional PC with their All-In-One line of PCs. With an All-In-One you have the ability to keep your larger screen size as well as keyboard and mouse while removing the big clunky computer tower. All in all even the weight of the All-In-Ones are getting lighter making them easier to move around the home.
In closing, to think that Apple is going to kill off the traditional PC is reaching. It will take a lot more than just Apple to remove the traditional PC from the market. Though companies are pushing forward and making changes to the traditional PC, the Traditional PC is still here for a long time. I do believe that where we are heading in the near future are replacements for the traditional Notebooks, Laptops and Netbooks where more users wanting the portable PC will turn to more portable items such as the iPad.
What do you think? Where do you see the PCs going in future?