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hia_intell 1 post  |  Last Activity: Sep 10, 2014 8:52 PM Member since: Oct 11, 2008
  • hia_intell by hia_intell Sep 10, 2014 8:52 PM Flag

    Okay, here's what's happening:

    First off, the iPad is a thin-client computer. That means that third-party applications are run by connecting to a website. Then much of the computing and file storage is by the website instead of by the handheld computer.

    And so a PC is a computer that can run third-party applications without connecting to a website. Then most of the computing and file storage is by the handheld computer itself. Of course the PC can also connect to websites.

    Then according to the iPad the thin-clients will wipe-out the PC's ? No, see the iPad took off as a mobile computer when it had low power consumption advantages. But now the mobile PC processors have largely caught-up with the low power consumption advantages of the thin-clients processors. And so now the thin-client iPad now faces enormous competition from PC tablets.

    In fact take a look at the Dell Venue 11 Pro at $430. Now one advantage of the PC tablets is that they can install and run a PC version of MS Office. But there are PC versions of MS Office for the Mac and so that raises the question of "Where is the MacPad ?"

    Now you might be thinking that you very much like the simple applications that are available for the thin-client tablets. But see simpler PC applications can be developed for PC tablets but that while keeping the advantage of running any PC application on the PC tablet.

    And so the iPad is in trouble but it may just be too early to see it.

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