(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In 2010, Apple revolutionized the electronics market with the introduction of the iPad, a wireless touch-screen tablet allowing users to read books, play games, and surf the web with the swipe of a finger. At that moment, the world of portable computing was turned upside down as developers scrambled for a piece of the tablet pie. Today, though the iPad continues to reign supreme, tablets from the likes of Motorola, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, and the anticipated Amazon Fire are popular options for those looking for a computing option that’s larger than a smart phone and more convenient than a laptop. In the world of tablets and smart phones, where does the PC fit in? Tech Expert Karl Volkman weighs in on why the introduction of tablet computing may kill the PC market.
As the prevalence of sleek, wireless devices grows, the desire to tote a bulky PC or to take up home space with a large, wired desktop decreases at a rapid rate. Though Apple has been quick to set the tone of the tech world with its feather-light laptops (the MacBook Air weighs in at less than 3 pounds) and sleek desktop units, it’s their iPhone and iPad that have truly changed the industry. As of July 2011, iPhone and iPad sales made up for the majority of Apple’s revenue, a direct indication that computing is heading towards small, portable and wireless at an increasing speed. Competing companies have been quick to throw their hat into the ring, introducing their own take on the tablet and showing consumers that they’re ready for the next step with new models and competitive pricing. Microsoft suffered a recent setback with the internal killing of its Courier Tablet, a dual-screened model that could be controlled by the swipe of a finger or a specialized pen and resembled a small notebook. The tablet would have also featured an e-reader component, a market that Microsoft has yet to dip into, but the device was killed off due to supposed “creative differences” within the company.
“The longer Microsoft waits, they run the risk of releasing a product that has already been done, instead of one that is innovative and exciting,” says Volkman. “If they want to stay relevant with consumers as technology moves forward, they need to pick up the pace.”
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