WTH? Lumbering desktops? I’ve got SSDs in my liquid-cooled desktop, and it runs circles around my iPad as far as FloPs (Floating Point Operations) and disk write operations go.
That’s not to say that the new devices aren’t going to catch up, but I’d still rather play Minecraft on my gaming desktop than my iPad.
I stopped reading after “the Register”.
Of course this article has zero to do with “stopping the iPad”. That’s just the yellow journalists and Apple haters at the Register/Inquirer drawing page views.
The writing is on the wall for spinning disk drives. At some point in the near future solid state nonvolatile storage will hit a price-performance-capacity point that will make it the sweet spot for most stuff. Those with multiple terabytes to store still might have a spinning disk or two for second-tier storage.
I’ve been surprised, given the complexity, unreliability, noise, heat and manufacturing overhead associated with rotating magnetic drives that they’ve held their own for this long.