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Steve Jobs says the future is tablet-shaped

Apple supremo Steve Jobs has pronounced that the era of the PC as we know it is coming to an end.

The Cupertino gadget-maker's 90-minute sermon at the All Things D gathering in La La Land once again touted the iPad as the Second Coming of personal computing

"The transformation of the PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways,” he said.

He didn't go so far as consigning the the PC to trash can of history, instead postulating that the traditional form factors of desktop and laptop computers would become "a niche market".

And he dismissed concerns that the iPad was no good for proper work by predicting that future developments in software would make common tasks, like inputting large amounts of text, easier in the future. "Time takes care of lots of these things," he said.

Apple said it has sold more than two million iPads since its launch a few weeks ago, which Jobs reckons is one every three seconds.