Apple's eye-popping quarterly results tell many stories, but none more telling than the tablet becoming a fact of life in enterprises.
With just a moderately interesting third rev in the iPad, Apple sold 11.8 iPads (a mere 35.1 million iPhones, too) in the first quarter. And a lot of them to CIOs handing them out to their end users.
To wit this quote from a story in the Wall Street Journal:
'Thousands of iPads are being used as mobile sales tools by large companies, including Roche, Amgen and Bayer," said Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer."
Certainly we'd like to see the evolution of tablets and PCs speeded up with some stiff competition for Apple. So far something to seriously rival the iPad has been fleeting.
But as Apple basked in its off-the-charts quarterly results, some interesting discussions about converging PCs and tablets cropped up. That's what expected with the advent of Windows 8. That would mean a touch screen and other tablet features in a notebook much sexier in appearance than what we are accustomed to. Apple CEO today dissed the idea, saying it's akin to converging a refrigerator and toaster, giving rise to the instantly popular Twitter term #FridgeToaster."
But Apple's been wrong before, points out PC World blogger Jared Newman, who quoted the late Steve Jobs as saying the 7-inch tablet would never take off.
Granted, Apple has tremendous momentum, but the PC passed a billion users almost four years ago. Let me put it another way: I could not be writing and posting to this blog without a personal computer. Pure tablets are limited in what they can do and solving the keyboard issue is as vexing as smart phones makers trying to make inherently small displays larger.
What do you think? Converged PC and tablet or not?
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