Editorial: iPad’s and tablets will be the end of the laptop PC
When Steve Jobs announced iOS 5 and all its new one of the main features he boasted was that i devices running iOS 5 would get to be PC-free. What does that mean you ask? It means that you no longer need to plug your device in to get software updates. Just like Palm (or HP now) and their line of WebOS phones, updates get sent straight to your phone. But then, how do you sync? Surely you need a USB cable to sync, right? Wrong. iOS 5 also uses wifi sync. As long as you have wifi on both your devices, you can sync all of your data wirelessly. Yes, yes, you still need a computer to sync the device, so I guess you can say your not completely computer free, but there is a work around it. The iCloud. Any iOS 5 beta user can tell you that right now within the settings menu, you have the option to sync you device with ‘computer’ or the iCloud. The iCloud right now only allows you to sync up to 5GB, but there is an option to buy more data, but thats not available now to the public.
So, you may ask, how does that make it the death of the PC? Good question, its because with, new, more advanced apps hitting the app store, popular PC (and mac) apps are becoming less and less used. For example, take iMovie, it just hit app store a couple of weeks ago and its already been downloading millions of times. Apple also announced wireless mirroring. A new way to mirror your apps from your iPad. Very soon, instead of buying a $700 dollar photo-editing software for your computer, you’ll be buying a $499 version of photoshop for your iPad, then mirror it to an external monitor or your very own TV.
We think that in 5 years from now, every mobile OS will turn ‘PC-free’, allowing the PC to be used for more, PC like things.