[OT] Apple shrinks
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Oct 24 10:16:31 EDT 2012
> I, being a crafty type, have solved this problem; I have a tatty-old,
> second-hand Pentium IV in every
> place I am likely to spend any length of time, and have just revived my
> Macintosh Powerbook 180
> for when I get really desperate and cannot control myself until I get to
> a stationary computer.
You're a trend-setter, Richmond:
One of the ironies of the so-called "post-PC era" is that I find myself
running into a growing number of people who are rediscovering their
Laptop sales overtook desktops in 2003, providing the portability people
needed more than raw horsepower. That portability was so important that
a majority of customers are willing to pay much more for less
horsepower-per-dollar than their desktop counterparts.
But these days, most computer users also have smartphones, the one
computer we always have with us.
Tablets are fun, but they can't fit in a pocket (even the new 7" would
require some pretty large cargo pants pockets <g>), so those lugging a
tablet around in whatever carrying case they use still have their
smartphone with them as well.
Over time this prompts some of us to ask, "Why am I carrying a second
Internet device with me when I already have my phone?"
With things like the Macbook Air weighing almost the same as a tablet,
since either needs a carrying case why not take the one that has more
power, more RAM, offers the unmatched precision of a mouse, and runs all
your work apps?
Some are answering this in an entirely different way: the smartphone is
the portable device, and when they need a more powerful computer they
can get far more bang for the buck with a desktop machine.
I doubt this will be a dominant trend, but I'd be surprised if we didn't
see at least a modest uptick in desktop sales by mid-2013.
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