Don’t trust the hype. Yes, you’ve heard in the tech press that the PC era is finished and that tablets have taken over. But are these claims true? Are PCs really dying? The writers at ITworld, in a recent feature, state that no, the PC isn’t dying. Actually, according to ITworld, the PC remains as important as ever.
Those predicting the passing of the PC had a boost when Steve Jobs, before his untimely death, compared PCs to trucks. He said trucks dominated when most people lived rural lives. But now that more people live in cities, cars are more important than trucks. In Jobs’ analogy, PCs are trucks and tablets are cars.
ITworld, though, has produced a solid counterargument. First, it highlights that the Ford F150 Pickup is always the top-selling vehicle in the United States. That, of course, is a truck. And the reason? People need trucks to work.
PCs and Work
Tablets are great for lots of things. They’re not great, though, for folks who have to get real work done. It’s not easy typing a report on a tablet. It’s a chore to use tablets to produce spreadsheets or slideshows. But PCs? That’s the kind of work at which these machines excel. And, as ITworld argues, until we don’t need to work anymore we’ll need our PCs.
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