Speaking at the annual Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference, Apple's charismatic CEO, Steve Jobs, revealed his belief that the desktop computer will die out soon and will be replaced by the tablet format as proven by the success of the Apple iPad, which sold two million units in 60 days.
Talking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at D8, Jobs likened the desktop PC to trucks which were popular in the 1950s in the United States and have been replaced since by more evolved versions equipped with power steering and automatic transmission.
He added (opens in new tab) that "This transformation is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways. It's brilliant. We like to talk about the post-PC era, but when it really starts to happen, it's uncomfortable."
Apple is gradually morphing itself into a sleek mobile company. It is already deriving the majority of its revenues from the likes of the iPhone, the App store and iTunes with the iPad likely to add a few billions worth of revenues over the next years.
Jobs did say that the traditional computer will still be sold, but just as mainframes were replaced by mini computers which were then superseded by desktop computers, we are likely to undergo the same transition with mobile devices - not just tablets - finally killing the desktop PC.
Coincidentally, we did write last February about whether we should not just kill traditional desktop PCs.