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Apple Hardware

Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC 577

Posted by timothy
from the is-it-personal-does-it-compute dept.
tsamsoniw writes "While research companies including IDC and Gartner deemed HP the PC leader for Q4 2012, Canalys has a different perspective. The analyst firm has declared Apple the top PC vendor for the past quarter, thanks in part to the booming success of the iPad and the iPad mini. By Canalys's reckoning, Amazon, too, now beats out the likes of Acer and Asus as leading PC vendors, having shipped 4.6 million Kindles in Q4."
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Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

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  • by erotic_pie (796522) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @12:11PM (#42821413) Homepage
    Do tablets really count as a "PC"? If that's the case we might as well start considering smart phones PCs, since a modern tablet is basically just a scaled up smart phone.
  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @12:21PM (#42821533) Homepage

    Do tablets really count as a "PC"?

    Well, let's see .. it has a CPU, memory, can do input, processing, and output (the Von Neumann definition). It's capable of doing Turing complete things, and writing code written for it.

    It's personal, and it meets all of the definitions of computer.

    we might as well start considering smart phones PCs, since a modern tablet is basically just a scaled up smart phone.

    By any meaningful definition, a modern smart phone is more of a computer than what we had 20 years ago -- by a huge factor.

    So, tell us, what aspects of a phone or tablet make it not a computer in your mind? They'll both run rings around an old 486.

    We're no longer talking about things which are hardware specific to a task, and you could easily port any programming language to that platform. The absence of a physical keyboard or mouse don't make you not a computer (because they used to have neither).

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @12:42PM (#42821797) Homepage

    The personal in PC means the device was designed primarily to be used by one user at a time.

    No, it means the device was intended to be owned by people, which was a change from when computers were big giant things in dedicated rooms nobody ever went near and no individual could ever hope to own.

    My 486 Linux box could run more than one user back in 1993 -- was it not a "Personal Computer"? It was mine, it was a computer. Or did it magically become a server instead of a PC?

    The number of intended users is not now, and never has been, part of the definition of "personal" in PC.

  • by NatasRevol (731260) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @12:53PM (#42821929) Journal
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 07, 2013 @12:54PM (#42821953)

    What about NES, SNES, various Gameboys, N64, GameCube, DS?

  • by dywolf (2673597) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @01:48PM (#42822633)

    Citation needed.

    Oh wait, you can't. Because you POOYA.

    iPad sales to date: 120.85million.
    iPad years on market: 2.833.
    Per year sales average: 42.66million.
    That's for all varieties of iPads.

    Wiis sold to date: 102.44million

    the uptake rate may be higher, but your attempted point, falls flat. You post was BS, you pulled numbers out of your ass.

    in short: BOOM. Headshot.
    ----

    addendum:
    quote: "I'm sure it wont make up that much volume"
    quote: "so waht? compare all time vs all time"
    Challenge accepted.

    NES: 61.91 million
    SNES: 49.10 million
    N64: 32.9 million
    Gamecube: 21.74 million
    Original Gameboy series: 200.2 million
    Gameboy Advance: 81.51 million
    Nintendo DS (all models): 211.63 million
    --TOTAL: 761.43 million units (including Wii)

    Ya... Game over ass. You lose.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 07, 2013 @02:15PM (#42822977)

    OK.

    From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]:

    SNES - 49m
    Gameboy - 118m
    Nintendo 64 - 33m
    GameCube - 22m

    Wii - 99m [slashdot.org]
    Nintendo DS - 153m [wikipedia.org]

    Total for Nintendo - 474 million.

    iPad - 84 million [about.com]
    iPhone - 250 million [cnet.com]
    iPod Touch - 46 million [arstechnica.com]

    Total for Apple - 380 million.

    Now, should we praise Nintendo as one of the leaders in PC market?

  • by thetoadwarrior (1268702) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @02:38PM (#42823297) Homepage
    Considering you can do SSH which gives you access to vim, you can do anything you're happy to do in Vim. There's Pythonista too for writing Python.
  • by jedidiah (1196) on Thursday February 07, 2013 @05:23PM (#42825751) Homepage

    > There is nothing that could be done on an original IBM PC that cannot be done on tablets and smartphones today.

    The P in PC stands for personal. That means that you can do whatever you like with it. It is a GENERAL PURPOSE device IN YOUR OWN CONTROL.

    You can write the next killer app for the PC and you don't have to worry about anyone getting in your way. You don't have to worry about your company's IT department or Apple corp because you are in control.

    That's not the model for tablets.

    Tablets are more like game consoles.

    It's not a PC because you aren't free to create your own code or the next visicalc or netscape.

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