Skip to comments.No, THIS is the way iPad 3 kills the PC
Posted on 03/06/2012 1:48:40 PM PST by Hojczyk
Amid all the hullabaloo surrounding the new iPad launch tomorrow, one company, which claims to be channeling Steve Jobs' spirit, declares that the iPad 3 (or HD) will kill the PC, thanks to one new ingredient.
This video fell into my in-box, as if from the skies. It purports to show the iPad 3 with an indispensable component--a standalone keyboard that attaches neatly to the machine.
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I think with the tablets you can only have one screen at a time...
Wow, that’s much more magical and ground-breaking than when Asus did it last year. A true game changer.
Screen on an iPad is too small for my aging eyes.....
All you PC are belong to us!.................
It would be nice to be able to plug the iPad in to a normal keyboard and/or normal monitor when you wanted that kind of capability.
Sounds like a knock off of my Asus eee Transformer.
How many desktop machines will you be able to buy for the price of that? And now you know why it won’t be killing the PC anytime soon.
I love those things. Transporter or something like that. One sweet set up.
There are Windowses for pad computers and for desktops but they are different. It would be nice if your pad grokked how to become a desktop when plugged in to the appropriate peripherals, or maybe docked. Linux might be more appropriate for that.
Keyboard wise, you already can via Bluetooth. Now I think it will, via Apple TV, stream the screen to your TV. Not sure about that last one though.
grokked? Isn’t that a scifi Heinlein term?
Can’t be. The iPad was going to kill the PC. They surely must all be dead by now.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to “slave” it to an existing desktop PC, however. Cause its local data to appear in a sub-window of the desktop with real-time sync.
I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a no brand leather BlueTooth keyboard/case I bought from Amazon.
Targus makes a universal BlueTooth keyboard available at Sam’s club for $45.
Colloquially it means to understand deeply. To do a darn good job of it.
My Samsung 10.1 has an available stand alone keypad,,, did Apple copy Samsung? And the tab is nice,, but it limits you in ways that a laptop won’t.
It’s nice for portability,,, buy a small laptop will kick its ass.
Can I play Star Wars: The Old Republic on it? The PC is safe in my house.
Does IPAD 3 have a 14-15 inch screen??
If the iPad3 can kill the PC then it can kill the rest of Apple’s computer sales as well.
I’ve got an iPad 2 with a Bluetooth keyboard. Works fine.
Remember when the Segway was declared “it” as a transforming mode of transportation; 10 years ago?
As soon as it became apparent how expensive and limited it was, it died.
Then someone declared that drivers of these things look like dorks, and it’s game over. The dork mocking factor got many of us out of minivans and into SUVs.
A wireless keyboard to connect to an iPad isnt gonna kill PC laptops.
That gimmick is proof that a laptop is superior to an iPad.
I’ll tell ya what will kill the iPad...
A smart phone that will link wirelessly with a keyboard and a TV and the phone becomes the mouse.
See the irony there?
If you read the whole article you can see the author is being sarcastic about this 3rd party device being a PC killer.
Keyboards are already out there.
Keyboards are already out there.
I have the iPad 2 64GB with Wi-Fi, 3 G. I bought a Logitech fold-up bluetooth keyboard (which makes the pad less than an inch thick.) I love mine. I don’t want to read about the IPAD 3, because I’m afraid I’ll wish I would have waited to get it. My husband and I both got one in the last 7 weeks. I added a lot of apps, like the doc to go (word processor) but haven’t started to work with it yet. I need to go to the store with all my questions in hand.
Another big problem with the iPad is that one cannot use Microsoft office on it. No spreadsheets? Can’t use it for business.
I followed the link, but confess I didn’t watch the videos.
Saw a beta Windows pad today. Would definitely take it over a desktop or laptop as work computer.
Fortunately, for now we do have some choice in what is available. As for me, I would no more replace my PC with an iPad than I would replace my Ford SUV with a Chevy Volt!
No spreadsheets and no Adobe flash player either.
A "normal monitor" often comes with a PC built in.
People who claim that a tablet or a smartphone will kill PC are on some heavy drugs. Or they don't use their PC, which is another good possibility. Most home users do not need anything beyond web browsing and an occasional email. For them a tablet or a smartphone is more convenient if all they need is a Facebook appliance.
Businesses and the industry, however, operate on slightly different principles. There is even an ancient term for that, "work." Tablets are useless for most of that. Exceptions include mobile workers in warehouses, hospitals and such. Everyone else wants to have a large screen in front of him - the larger the better. Have you ever seen Jean-Luc Picard taking a video call from Starfleet on any of those little tablets that engineers were running with? I'm sure those tablets were capable enough; but it's just inconvenient to look down at the tablet as you speak to your boss. Privacy and secrecy also matter. For that reason Picard had a desktop in his ready room, and that desktop had a nice large screen.
Multitasking is essential for work because nobody can produce a 100-page document without referring to other materials. That's why you need to have many windows that you can see at the same time.
PCs in business represent the majority of PCs out there. They will be changing, but the direction of that change is not toward tablets. They will be increasing their performance at the expense of power consumption; they will be increasing display surfaces (a dual monitor setup is common in many companies already.)
Tablets and smartphones are severely constrained - by power, by size, by cost. Manufacturers are doing their best, but it is not possible, logically or otherwise, to merge an office supercomputer and a pocket gizmo. And why would you want to do that? If all you need to access is the shared data, then why don't you share that data over any network or storage method that we know of? There is no reason why your smartphone should contain drawings in E format - you can't see them on that tiny screen anyway.
That’s why I then suggested being able to easily slave the tablet to a normal PC, with syncing being real time and instant. The stuff that the tablet can carry around may be limited (as you said, complex graphics would be useless on the tablet) but you would want that stuff both when using the PC and when using the tablet alone.
I don't need laptops anymore since I have retired and occupy myself with a job that does not need one.
And anyhow... maybe you’d want to pull a complex graphics file onto the tablet in spite of not being able to view or edit it on the tablet, so you could then pull it off onto another PC elsewhere.
How much of that is because desktops are easily upgradable and last longer. Finally talked the wife into ditching her machine for a new one after 8 years, and I’d owned that one for 3 years before that. It had been upgraded a few times. My current machine is 5 years old, 2 waves of upgrades, not planning on replacing any time soon.
All tablets and smartphones do that already. Android devices appear as USB mass storage devices, and iThings require a sync application (iTunes.) There is nothing new that you'd need to do to achieve what you want. It was this way even before tablets.
Part of the decline is definitely that the PC is a mature market, so fewer new people to sell to, and the tablet is a new market. But I wouldn’t discount a shift in the way people are using computers - much more time on mobile phones and tablet, and less on desktops. Also, lighter cheaper notebooks are much better daily use alternatives to desktops than they used to be. I’d love to see how much traffic here at free republic is now from mobile or tablet devices.
You might want the look-and-feel as seen on the PC to mimic the tablet’s own.
That capability already exists. You can use your I phone as a mouse to operate a computer feeding Boxee into your TV
Actually there several aps that will do it.
I find a wireless clicker better however.
Only Red Badger and Linear caught on that the author is poking fun at a knock-off Chingrish-language website that is almost as funny as "Somebody set us up the bomb!" And is hyping a circular virtual keyboard abortion of an idea called, "Magic Slide Wheel"...
Hojczyk, thanks for a good laugh at all the oh-so-serious, humorless ADS drones! LOL!!!
To Paraphrase Red Badger:
“Wow, thats much more magical and ground-breaking than when Asus did it last year. A true game changer.”
Saw a couple of days ago an Asus concept, of a smartphone sized device also serving as the PC, and with optional larger keyboard and monitor devices.
Seems like PCs of sufficient power can fit in a smartphone size, and handle most of the processing people need. Storage in the cloud.
Somebody will need to invent an inflatable (or foldout) mouse for me, in order to miniturize everything. Gotta have my mouse.
I think that may be because desktops work pretty well and last a long time. Tablets are new, and are mostly first time buyers.