Originally Posted by Blameless
If you want to reduce such statements it to the nth degree of logical consequence, we can almost all get by with no other possessions than a blanket and a stick.
Clearly, Cook's statements are referring to what could acceptably substitute a desktop PC for the most common usage models...and a tablet, or even a smartphone, would more than suffice for the majority of the audience that was the target of his statements.
I'll still have a dozen desktops, but I'm not the target audience. I don't even own a smartphone.
Virtually the only difference between a tablet with a keyboard and a larger display plugged into it and any other PC is how potent the hardware can be.
from what ive been seeing with people I know who did the "tablet only" plunge...IE mainly grandmas and moms who only thought they needed something for media consumption, im not even sure they are the "target audience" anymore...im not really sure who is.
they are all moving back to laptops or desktops because they want the ability to micromanage home videos/pictures and have the ability to store a ton of them locally without having to use usb or NAS based solutions.
I know quite a few "crafters" also and they all have moved back into the desktop/laptop world because the promises of "apps" supplementing their PC usage for all their templates/print designs and whatever else they do were practically lies.
from what I have seen with real world people, not computer enthusiasts, it seems like the only people who can actually go tablet only are the people who will never do anything more than consume. if you want to do stuff with family photos, or you are into crafting, or anything more than consuming, you will be moving back to a PC in some form...be it a windows based laptop/desktop or an apple based MacBook.
edit add: tbh, I think we are going to see the tablet bubble bursting soon and a resurgence in people using PCs because they in fact, didn't want their life so simplified.