Tablets are what the future is all about, with PCs set to ride into the sunset in the not so distant future. Or so believes Fujitsu CTO Dr. Joseph Reger who is also claiming its five years by which time we would well be seeing the last of Desktop or notebook PCs. By 2016, as per him, the device is going to tablets and this is evident from the way iPad is eating into the sales of PC already. Dr Reger further said that users are more interested in consuming content rather than creating content. As such, Desktops or Notebooks PCs with its own mouse and keyboard runs the real risk of becoming redundant. Business houses though might still hang on with the notebooks and desktops as they need to create content like PowerPoint presentations or spreadsheets.
The drop is price can be another reason for tablets to take over with users not having to restrict themselves to just one device only. Owning multiple tablets in one house could well turn out to be the norm in future with the tablets left about at places where they find application the most. The upcoming Amazon tablet could well turn out to be such if the price remains low enough. He feels, the price can be around $299 which is half of a desktop PC. So users will be tempted to have two such tablets in place of a single Desktop that more or less remains rooted at a single place in the house.
The success of Reger’s prophecy though has a lot to do with application availability. There are a 100,000 odd application that Apple already has in place where as others like Blackberry Tablet OS and WebOS have just a few thousands giving Apple a great lead in this race.
Interestingly, Fujitsu is one company that would be hurt real bad in case Dr. Reger’s predication comes true. The company has a tie up with Microsoft and yet makes traditional PC. However Fujitsu does have a stylus enabled Windows tablet in the pipeline along with an Android Tablet as well. In fact, the Android tablet would be the first such instance from the company that rely heavily on the Windows OS. This might well be the beginning of a tendency to lean away from Window and they may be looking at devices like the LifeBookTH40D.
There is no guarantee on any of the predictions and their probability factor. Intel has given a good report for their spring revenue figures. There are the home users who are moving on to higher price notebooks as yet so chips sales are yet up. This while ARM continues to make fresh inroads into new homes with each passing day.