HP responds to Apple: “the first computing product needed for homework is a PC”

HP responds to Apple: “the first computing product needed for homework is a PC”
Yesterday, Apple unveiled the new iPad and it matched most of our expectations and a big chunk of our hopes with better screen, processor and cameras, but does this make it a PC replacement? 

Apple CEO Tim Cook backed such an assumption with some impressive sales numbers, quoting iPad sales of 15.4 million in the last quarter, which is more that the 15.1 million PCs the largest vendor HP sold in the same period.

Hewlett-Packard now responded by saying that tablets are “terrific complementary devices,” but PCs remain necessary. 


The sales numbers tell a slightly different story, though. Tablet sales grew the astounding 274.2% to 63.2 million in 2011, while desktop PC sales only increased marginally by 2.3% to 112.4 million units and notebooks grew in the single digits as well - 7.5% to 209.6 million units.

Most analysts also agree that tablets will soon outsell PCs. Horace Dediu from Asymco for ones says this could happen as soon as fall 2013.


Which side do you take here - will tablets outsell PCs or not?

source: Forbes

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26 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Windows 8 Tablet with Keyboard dock will changed everything. Keep watching...

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Windows 8 tablets won't be as 'manageable' as PCs, but they will definitely be better than the iPod Touch 9.7 HD! http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6405&news=windows+8

13. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

yes it will thats what im waiting for

2. scnix

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

PC, no contest

3. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I think tablets will outsell PC's pretty handily. Tablets seem to be intended to be replaced every couple years (if not yearly) while desktops are intended to only be replaced every 5 years, give or take depending on specific needs. Just seems kinda obvious.

26. lilmoe

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"Tablets seem to be intended to be replaced every couple years (if not yearly) while desktops are intended to only be replaced every 5 years" When people finally realize that (after their wallets become lighter), iPads won't be selling as much as they are now... But that's seriously not the case with Windows8 tablets (especially the x86 version), because they can actually replace a PC/Laptop for the average (light) user. You will always need a PC if you buy an iPad, Galaxy Tab, or a Transformer, but that's not necessarily the case if you already have Windows on there. Most people don't comprehend the meaning behind this, they think it's mere non-sense by a Microsoft fan. They'll be better educated when the features of a Windows8 tablet is compared side-by-side with current iOS and Android tablets. That's without mentioning the echo-system of a Windows x86 tablet, especially when it's docked with a keyboard and mouse.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, I do believe that tablets will one day outsell and maybe even obliterate PCs, but not the iPad. I mean how can the Apple so proudly proclaim that the "iPad is post pc" when it still requires iTunes for half the things it does?

5. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Apple iPad is and will not be the productive to replace the PC. The birth of Windows 8 will.

6. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Although tablets will have more sales this year or next year but a tablet still does not match the processing power and functionality although they are more appealing. try doing power-points, Research papers , Webpage designing or lots of other stuff you can not do on a tablet.

7. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

It is closing the gap on the processing power. wait until the end of the year and you will realise that tablets are just as good or maybe better than then traditonal netbook/ultrabook. office suit has already arrived on the tablets...the other things will catch up soon.

17. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Net books yes, ultrabooks no. Ultrabooks are suppose to have the processing power of a top of the line laptop in a smaller shell

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this the most ridiculous claim i heard from a mobile manufacture yet. tell us can the top end Tablet run massive computation or the games that require a big time GFX support i think not lame Apple guy

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

as a college student there is nothing special i see in a iPad ,i prefer a android tablet but better hold off till the windows stuff comes along

10. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think for the average "home" you will see a shift from pc's for each person to one main one and a tablet in each bedroom. You have to remember what the average consumer uses it for. They still use the internet for email, social sites and simple games. So, yes as a whole they will sell more in bulk. That does not mean the PC is a dinosaur. It will always have its place, just not in each room of the house.

12. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I don't know what all of you are smoking. I am a Nursing student and still have my original iPad, and have used it for everything from writing 30 page research papers, to designing PowerPoint presentations, and in clinical situations. I haven't touched my laptop in months.

15. GeckoHA559

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What have you been injecting lol.

21. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Wow, so you wasted twice as much time doing those things just for the purpose of saying you did it on your "ipad". Genius. I have a Tab, Laptop, netbook, Desktop, and HTPC. But there is no way that I would even consider trying to do anything actually productive on my Tab. It is physically impossible to do it with the same speed and proficiency as using a PC. Sorry, but it's true.

25. lilmoe

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

twice the time? hah! i'd say 3-5 times... she has lots of free time on her hands....

24. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

@YouLostTheGame give it up, you can't say anything positive about apple on this website. even if it makes sense...trying to convince these people that anything apple actually has a relevant purpose is impossible. personally, i prefer using my iPad for school as opposed to my laptop. more portable, a lot better battery life, could download textbooks to it but apparently none of that makes sense to this guy who uses a desktop, a laptop, a netbook, tab, a texas instrument, a mainframe, a beeper, a palm pilot, a portable 8-track device, a VCR, & a f'n laser disc player. god, what don't you use? my question is you have a laptop & a tablet, why the hell do you have a netbook?

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this whole thing is crap PC and Tablets are totally dirrent things why does someone even compare them no one uses PC where Tablet is better and no one CAN use Tablet where PC is required why whould someone say it out sales the PC .its like some one saying Samsung refrigirator is outsaling LG TV WTF to that :P

16. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't think that they're asking the right question.... can tablets do EVERYTHING that a PC can do, NO! So as for right now, tablets can't replace but only add to PCs. I love tablet, it's nice taking it to school and taking notes on it, watching video's while traveling and other things. But when I have to do online home work or corporate work I will immediately go to my HP laptop!

18. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'm pretty interested in seeing how Windows 8 will work on desktop and tablets... Perhaps tablets will take over notebooks instead if it hasn't already.

19. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

It's only because almost everyone has a PC nowadays. It also means PC has reached it mature section. In the other hand, Tablet has just passed its introduction and now comming on a growth stage. So it's easy to understand why the growth of tablet sales is high in the sky. In my opinion, PC is the most important computing device everyone have to have. And Tablet is just more like the entertaining device than really do the business/school/computing/editing/ works. and Android is much better than IOS !! PEACE haha

20. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yes, it will.. tablet will overtake the PC.. but not the swollen iPod Touch.. more like Windows 8 tablets.. or maybe some droid tablets..

22. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I love my iPad 2 but I admit it's just an electronic toy. For serious computing I always rely on my desktop or laptop.

23. AK007

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Well can an iPad replace a pc for an average user? I own an ipad2 and a dell laptop. 1)I'm not a geek but I'm a Internet addict. I used to carry my laptop everywhere. But now it rests on the table and I rarely use it for basic browsing,emails,social networking . 2)for media consumption- it's nice to watch movies on an iPad with right app video player. Good battery life and I can depend on it to last my entire journey. So it's good?in a sense. Coz I need my pc and itunes to transfer a file to my pad .so it's not an independent device in media consumption. 3)video chatting- its really good .can do it like on my lap with Skype ,gtalk , FaceTime,yahoo .so no complaints. 4)productive work.-I'm here saying the case about an AVERAGE USER. U can get photoshop app from adobe,iPhoto,iMovie and good load of video and photo editors and iWork suite for presentations and rumoured Microsoft office suite.i agree it may not be as good as the desktop versions but for an average user it's good enough considering desktop version cost more than triple.BUT ONE ADVANTAGE ON PC IS U CAN DOWNLOAD CRACKED VERSION FOR FREE!!! So I rarely use my laptop on a day to day basis .im a professional so don't consider me as a kid lol (common reply in forums). But do I need my laptop?sure I can't use my iPad as my only device yet. SO THE THINGS HOLDING BACK THE IPAD 1) lack of a convenient way to transfer files by tying it down to iTunes . A USB on the go like some high end smartphones will solve this to a huge extent. 2) the ability to download content from One advantage android tabs offer is the ability to download content directly from web. So tablets can't replace pcs yet.but it can reduce the use of pcs for an average user greatly.

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