Menu
Mr. Butch and Sayaka Kanda are First iPhone 6 Customers in Japan

Mr. Butch and Sayaka Kanda are First iPhone 6 Customers in Japan

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Premieres Monday as Double Pack

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Premieres Monday as Double Pack

Alibaba BABA Shares Priced at $68

Alibaba BABA Shares Priced at $68

Miley Cyrus New Butt Gets in Trouble with Law

Miley Cyrus New Butt Gets in Trouble with Law

Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices?

Dec 29 2013, 12:01am CST | by , in News

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices?
Photo Credit: Forbes
 
 

This week’s report that Apple may already be in production on a 12.9″ iPad, dubbed the “Pro,” has been the source of much speculation. In a well researched and reasoned post in title="mike elgan in computerworld on ipad pro">ComputerWorld, Mike Elgan comes to the conclusion that it will be an “iPad optimized as a desktop touch computer for education,” specifically as reported in DigiTimes, for the U.S. education market. This, he claims, will solve two of Apple’s most pressing goals, “First: How can Apple make iOS the default platform for schools transitioning from paper textbooks and educational materials to electronic ones? Second: How can Apple gently transition the world from desktop PCs to the desktop post-PC world?”

The main rival here is not Microsoft but Google, whose Chromebooks and Chrome OS devices are similarly angling for the same prized perch. In many ways Chrome is better positioned than iOS because of its primary relationship to the open web. But Google’s track record with hardware has not been stellar, though Chromebooks are starting to come into their own and Amazon reported this week that “two out of its three best-selling laptops during the holiday season were Chromebooks.”

Rather than thinking of the iPad Pro (probably a misnomer) as a big tablet, Elgan suggests “it makes more sense to think of [it as]… next year’s first and smallest iOS desktop computer.” And I would look for a corresponding line of iPens as well. Apple has quite a lineup of patents around this and it would be a very easy way for students to carry some measure of personalization around with them if the 4K tablets are actually bolted to the desks.

If this first larger iPad is designed for inroads into the U.S. education market in advance of larger “desktops” aimed at the consumer and business markets, the 4K thing starts to make more sense. 2K is probably quite sufficient for a 12.9″ tablet, but imagine the 20″ or 27″ touch screens that would replace Apple’s current all-in-one iMacs. 4K (or more) for these would make lots of sense, especially for professionals who need to work on high-resolution technical or creative imagery.

The truth is that if this is where things are going, towards touch desktops, likely on (or swiveling in) the surface of the desk instead of perpendicular to it, there is room for Google and Microsoft—and Samsung too. Assuming that people want to interact with computers in this way, this change of form factor could lead to the wholesale replacement of all the world’s PCs. What a nice forecast for the marginalized computer industry!

Microsoft has been working on very large touchscreen tabletops designed for collaboration and equally well suited to game play once the costs come down. It is clear that with a change of this magnitude there would be many winners, not just Apple. But it does seem that the popularity of the iPad could finally be paving the way for the redefinition of the desktop computer as a touch device.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

To keep up with Quantum of Content, please subscribe to my updates on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and App.net or add me on Google+.

Source: Forbes

You Might Also Like

Updates

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Victoria Beckham beats Emma Watson to become UK's Top Fashion Icon
Victoria Beckham is currently the top fashion symbol in the United Kingdom beating other notable personalities such as Emma Watson and Kate Moss.
 
 
Janelle Evans Says She was Denied Covering Jace&#039;s Birth
Janelle Evans Says She was Denied Covering Jace's Birth
Janelle Evans Says she was Denied Covering Jace's Birth
 
 
Free coffee offered by McDonald&#039;s
Free coffee offered by McDonald's
Partipating McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. are giving away free coffee every morning for two weeks.
 
 
Mazda Miata 2016 model revealed
Mazda Miata 2016 model revealed
Mazda releases limited details
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.