Sometimes, I amaze myself.
Back in 2011 when Apple iPad was all the rage, I happened to take part in a little debate arranged by NetworkWorld Editor-in-Chief John Dix.
My assertion, then, and as yet very unwavering now, was that the iPad was a niche evolution of the PC.
Not a revolution.
Not at all!
In fact, my primary position was, and is:
My debate opponent of course thought iPad heralded the post-PC era.
Today, iPad sales are down and have been for several quarters, and non-[Windows-based] tablet sales are in the toilet.
It’s almost the Second Coming of Netbooks!
And yet, sales of both Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and the entire Windows-based tablet ecosystem, are on the rise!
Thankfully, NetworkWorld still has the debate up on their site.
And don’t look now, but Apple released the iPad Pro with a keyboard back in 2015.
Validating my April 4, 2012 tweet where I stated
Go ahead and read the debate while I busy myself patting me on the back!
If you only use your ipad with a keyboard, don't make any noise about what a great tablet it is. You're using a touch-enabled laptop, okay!— John Obeto II (@johnobeto) April 5, 2012
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