Never buying another computer?

I don’t think I’ll be buying any more desktops going forward. I don’t think I’ll even be buying any more laptops going forward.

They’ve all been largely obsoleted (at least at my home) by a sleek $499 device that doesn’t really have any right to be called a “computer” in the traditional sense.

Sure, there’s a handful of tasks that I still would prefer a real computer, but — amazingly — that list has now shrunk dramatically. In less than a week.

The quote above is from a really interesting article by Chuck Hollis.

If you go back and read the article I think you’ll see that Steve Jobs and his team have succeeded with what they were planning. In the original keynote where the iPad was announced, he said the alternative is netbooks, but the problem is netbooks aren’t really better at doing anything than a normal computer. So they invented the iPad to feel a need. They wanted to create a device that made the basics, email, gaming and web surfing a lot of fun. Throughout Hollis’ article he talks about his wife sending emails and smiling. In his house it sounds like there is no limit to the ways they can send email. And yet she chooses the iPad because…it’s more fun. And so Hollis’ family has shunned the massive combined computing power in their house, in favor of a tiny device that makes computers fun again.

I can see a future where we don’t buy a traditional computer ever again, and I think Apple can too. It may be a ways off, but I think the iPad is Apple’s vision of what the future of computing looks like. And you notice they are at the center of it with the App Store. Look at it like this, what if Microsoft not only had Windows but also received 30% of the sales from every piece of software ever run on Windows? I think at this point Bill Gates would be on the $100 bill. And yet, that’s the position Apple now finds themselves in. They are at the very center of what could be the future. They have taken something so complicated as computers and boiled it down to the basics to make it enjoyable.

I run my business on my computers, so I’m always hesitant to install software I don’t absolutely need. You never know when it will break something I actually need for work. And so my computers run just the stuff I really need. But on the iPhone, I have never been afraid to install software. I actually like Apple’s closed system. I like that they approve every app that hits the store. I like that installing an app is as easy as hitting download. No software agreements to pretend to read. No selecting where to install. I like that uninstalling is just two clicks away. In fact, they’ve made it so easy to operate, anyone can handle it. And from the looks of their stock, everyone is.

We’re on the list to get an iPad when our local Apple store gets their next shipment. We are selling Becca’s iMac, replacing it with the iPad and she can just use my laptop for any heavy-duty needs. I can’t wait to see what the future of computers is really like.

You can read my original thoughts from the iPad announcement here.

As an afterthought, if they put Steve Jobs on the $100 bill, does he get to have it redesigned to be beautiful again? It needs it.

Comments

  1. ejfalke says

    Yeah but how are they going to handle the “heavy-duty” stuff? I can’t see doing any real writing or spreadsheeting on an iPad. What do you use for that besides a real keyboard and such?

    I might have made spreadsheeting up. But you know what I mean.

  2. says

    Right now we have two machines for heavy-duty work. In the future though, it could move entirely to an iPad with different advances. Who knows what they have in store.

    They have a real keyboard and dock combo right now for any writing or spreadsheetery needs you may have. Plus the iPad will sync with any bluetooth keyboard.

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