Analyst: iPad 2 Cutting into PC Sales

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Ghok

The iPad might make a good second computer for some people, so PC sales might take a small hit. Anyone buying one to replace a PC is going to be pretty disapointed. I'd say sales are more likley down because more and more people have PCs, and they don't need to be updated as often anymore.

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garrettp

The good news is..... Now you can buy nice used laptops super cheap ;)

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CaptainFabulous

And we're somehow supposed to believe the predictions from Apple Insider?

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rich5665

Seems like someone is always singing the PC's Swan Song. The iPad 2 is just an expensive toy and like netbooks has its limits. iPads and Android tablets will not replace the modern computer any time soon; that includes Apple's own brand of computer.

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Tophar

Yes power users would never replace their desktop with an ipad, but  people who go out and buy a $500 Dell from Walmart and use their computer as a facebook machine very well might. Power users are not the only people who buy computers

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andresau

I have yet to see the iPad2 play Star Craft II.

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big_montana

Or run Access without the need for a Citrix connection, or any database. Try designing, or maintaining,  web sites on it. Just about impossible.

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Exarkun1138

It's ONE analysts opinion, and that's supposed to make the article fact? Who cares? As another person said, the tablet market is like netbooks, and just like netbooks, those who buy into tablets will see that they still need the trusty ol' desktop to do the heavy lifting. Also, I am sick to death of reading about Apple products in Maximum PC. 

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big_montana

You may be tired of reading about Apple products, but the last time I looked, the PC in Maximum PC stood for "Personal Computer", and Apple computers are just that. If you do not want to read about Apple products, then all you need do is skip the article.

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zepontiff

Except that's not what Apple says.

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Neufeldt2002

If I remember correctly netbooks did the same thing. The mass lemmings will swarm to the new shiny object for awhile, but eventually they will realize that they still need that computer to do extensive tasks.

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big_montana

Exactly. Which is why I just purchased a new laptop, as tablets do not meet all the productivity requirements that I need in a computer. If all you need to do is surf the web, and compose small emails, then a tablet will probably meet your needs. But, if you need word processing, spreadsheet, database, photo/video editing capabilities, then a more conventional laptop or desktop is the way to go. Tablets can supplement the computing environment, but I do not see it replacing it. That is why Lenovo's U1 is such an intriguing device, a laptop with a removable screen that can be used as a tablet. Power and portability, if it ever hits state side.

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