The countdown for the end of the desktop computer has been discussed ad-nauseum, but nobody is really sure when and how. Robert X. Cringely thinks that Apple will be the one to kill the desktop by re-inventing it, "exactly as they reinvented the music player, the mobile phone, and the tablet. For those who say Apple cant do it again, Apple is already doing it again." A brilliant analysis.
This doesnt mean Apple is going out of the Mac business. Why would they drop a hardware platform that still delivers industry-leading profit margins? But a growing emphasis from here on out will be the role of iOS on the desktop.
I see the iPhone 5S and whatever follows as logical desktop replacements. They, and phones like them, will be the death of the PC.
Jump forward in time to a year from today. Heres what I expect well see. Go to your desk at work and, using Bluetooth and AirPlay, the iPhone 5S or 6 in your pocket will automatically link to your keyboard, mouse, and display. Processing and storage will be in your pocket and, to some extent, in the cloud. Your desktop will require only a generic display, keyboard, mouse, and some sort of AirPlay device, possibly an Apple TV that looks a lot like a Google ChromeCast.
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