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Steve Jobs Predicts PCs Will be Replaced By Tablets

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the traditional computer will still be sold, but just as mainframes were replaced by mini computers which were then superseded by desktop computers, we are likely to undergo the same transition with mobile devices - not just tablets - finally killing the desktop PC.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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.