The following is an excerpt from Quentin Fottrell | February 16, 2012 | Smartmoney.com |
The computer is dead. Long live the tablet. Or smartphone. Or a combination of both.
Apple’s laptops and desktops may be turning into iPads and iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook just unveiled a new “Mountain Lion” operating system inspired by the kind of features most people enjoy playing with on their tablets. “We see that people are in love with a lot of apps and functionality here,” Cook told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. That means more apps, instant messaging, games and the online storage service iCloud on Mac computers.
Experts say Apple’s new software points to a bigger trend: the convergence of technology where tablets and computers become almost indistinguishable. “Both Apple and Google are working to merge the computer world with the mobile world,” says Todd Day, a wireless industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. And, as SmartMoney.com reported this week, companies are already creating Smartphone/tablet hybrids. Is a laptop or desktop computer no longer necessary?
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