Posted by:Ranjani Rao August 29th, 2012

With tablets offering capabilities earlier available only on PCs and PCs gaining tablet like features (Windows 8 with its Metro interface), the line between the two types is blurring, overlapping and even becoming lost in some places. An incredibly large number of information workers own tablets today, in most cases the iPad. Enterprises are launching dedicated mobile applications for Apple’s bestseller. Senior management and CXOs too are conducting a sizable portion of their work on iPads versus traditional laptops.

iPad in every sphere

While some experts believe that iPads could overrun PCs, it’s not going to happen tomorrow. PCs are still invaluable for certain kinds of work. Software code developers, data entry workers, designers, and a range of other professionals need the click-clack of a physical keyboard and the view of a large screen to get going. When you think of this aspect, Microsoft has a better chance with Windows 8 that exhibits features suitable for desktops and tablets. However, there have been mixed reviews about Windows 8 and its way too early to form an opinion on Microsoft’s attempt at tabletizing the traditional PC.

The fact remains though that iPads have become so much a part of peoples’ work and personal lives that they are perceived as viable alternatives to the PC (at least by some). People user their iPads to check their email, social networks, design, draw, jot down ideas, take and keep notes, click photos, shoot videos, make calls, watch movies, and get on with their work via enterprise mobile apps. It’s a complete device.

Apple’s last big release with iPad (third generation) was the iCloud and a sizable set of features taken from Mac. Mac too got its share of iOS like features. What’s to say Apple will port features like USB, external device support, email filtering and perhaps a little openness into forthcoming iPads? Then, iPad would certainly replace the PC by large numbers.

Just iPad or all tablets?

What about other tablets like the Android line? The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a nice surprise for Android fans as it proves that Android is indeed improving with time. Despite that, the gap between iOS and Android is far from close. Plus, iOS apps available to Apple customers are way ahead of Android apps. This gap needs to be closed speedily if Google wants Android to match iOS status – in features, apps, and revenue.

So, what’s the conclusion of this discussion?

Point #1. iPad is an important tool for corporate and home use.

Point #2. The PC is no longer the only option for many users.

Point #3. People are looking at iPad as a viable alternative to PCs.

Point #3. Tablets are catching on across industries, countries, societies and cultures.

Bottom line? An iPad is perfect for a certain set of users but it cannot replace PCs yet. As for the future, who can say? For all we know, we could be talking about a Microsoft or Google tablet that’s taken the market by storm next year.

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