While working tonight I was listening to the latest epiosde of i can haz podcast (Episode #27) with with Stefan & @suzemuse, when Stefan brought up the next question of the week (~1:14:00ish), which made me chuckle aloud as he’s not a fan of Apple products:
“Are you an Apple or Mac person”, in the context of the your next computer purchase. Quickly enough, Sue pointed out that he meant Windows or Mac, but it got me thinking.
While the question isn’t what Stefan meant, I think nonetheless it is valid if you take Apple to mean an iOS device. With the power available in iPads running iOS5, (and, I suppose other tablet devices, but it appears that consumers overwhelmingly want iPads), more and more people do not need a home computer anymore, so why bother buying one and leaving it sit at a desk?
I know, I know. It sounds like crazy-talk, but for an average use (I don’t believe I qualify), an iPad meets all of the requirements to do what people want to do with a computing device; Email, surf the web, watch Netflix and YouTube, create & edit documents, and play games.
We have already seen substantial numbers of users shift away from desktops to laptops – they want to be portable, able to work anywhere, so the next reasonable step to me is to move to something nearly as (if not as powerful as) and is lighter *and* easier to use. Enter the iPad.
So, I think asking the question if someone’s next computer will be an iPad or Mac (or tablet / laptop or desktop) is fair and we will see a surprising number of people moving away from computers to iPads.