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Steve Jobs Predicts Tablets to Replace Personal Computers

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Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs

"People seem to be liking iPads. We've sold one every three seconds since launching it," said Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs.

Credit: Yahoo! Canada

The era of the personal computer is coming to an end and the tablet will take its place, Steve Jobs predicted Tuesday (June 1). As Apple's iPad racked up sales for more than two million since launch two months ago, the company's chief executive said the transition was inevitable.

In a 90-minute performance on stage at the All Things Digital Conference near Los Angeles, Mr. Jobs said the iPad and other tablet-style computing devices would not completely replace laptops and desktop computers in the "post-PC era" but they would consign them to a smaller niche market. "The transformation of the PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways," he said.

He revealed that he had started working on a tablet long before the iPhone, but switched to making a phone when he saw the possibilities of the touchscreen. Worries that tablet computers were not suitable for word processing and other complex types of content creation would be solved in time, Mr. Jobs said. Software on tablet devices would become more powerful and allow users to do almost anything. "Time takes care of lots of these things," he said.

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