Is the Desktop dead?

4 years ago in Apple, Articles, iPad, iPhone by Wardy Miller | 3 Comments

apple-mac-productsThis question has been floating around for a while, and I wanted to weigh in and get your opinion. At all things D, Apple CEO Tim Cook, said that the days of the PC were fading, and everyone wants mobility. Is this true? I’m not sure if it is because I have been working with computers for so long that I still see the merits in having a desktop PC. For example I run an iMac with 16 GB of ram. (In fact it is what I am writing this article on). I like having a dedicated workhorse desktop. I use it to manage and store my photos, music and videos. I also use it to edit video. A chore that would take most laptops to it’s knees. While everyone is thinking mobile, I also have an iPad. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, the thought was it was an “in-between” device. Bigger than your phone, but not as big as a laptop. While I love my iPad, I can’t imagine it replacing my laptop, let alone my workhorse desktop.
The iPad is a convenient device without a doubt, very portable but grossly underpowered for my normal day to day usage. It works great to play music, surf the web, check e-mail, or update Facebook. Even though iMovie is available for the iPad (and I have tried using it) it is not as usable as it is on my desktop.  While the PC wars may be over, the need for a desktop will not be going away anytime soon. Not as long as people want to push their device to the limit. That being said I am not solely a desktop snob, I think laptops and tablets have their place, and there are plenty of people out there that don’t need the processing power, and are content to use a mobile device for their day to day usage.
What kind of user are you? Desktop only? iPad only? A combination of both? Let us know in the comments.

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  • moijk

    My primary computer is the mac pro, the macbook pro is my secondary. I’ll go desktop next time too. Notebooks are nice but not as powerful.

  • Wardy22

    I have to agree with you. I have an iMac as my primary desktop. I also have a MacBook Air that I use when I am traveling, to check email and so forth, but not for any heavy lifting.

  • Milton Baxter

    “the need for a desktop will not be going away anytime soon.”. Have to agree. In our house we have three always available in our lounge (Mobile, Tablet, Laptop) and I pick up whichever matches the job at hand – but I miss not having the fourth – a fast desktop.

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