Steve Jobs famously predicted that the iPad was the beginning of the post-PC world. He drew an analogy to compare traditional computers to tablets:
When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. But cars eventually became more prevalent is people moved to cities. PCs will be like trucks…they are still going to be around, but there is a transformation coming, and it will make some people uneasy. Is it the iPad? Who knows? Will it be next year or five years from now?
And the rest of the population will have non-PC devices like the iPad.
Over the holiday season, about one in six people buying computers around the world bought Apple’s tablet, according to research from Canalys.
The report, released Wednesday, said that when tablets were included, worldwide PC shipments over the fourth quarter increased 12 percent compared with the previous year. Apple led the computer market with 22.9 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs sold. Hewlett-Packard was in a distant second place with 15 million PCs shipped, and Lenovo shipped about 14.8 million computers.
Jobs was right. Welcome to the growing post-PC world.