No one would argue that a Windows personal computer is not a PC. Ditto for the Mac. In fact, we have a predisposed bias to what constitutes the definition of a personal computer and tablets don’t fit into that category.
They should. The iPad should be counted as a PC. All tablets of similar ilk are what they are. Handheld personal computers. The PC:
A personal computer (PC) is a multi-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. PCs are intended to be operated directly by an end user, rather than by a computer expert or technician.
That settles it. A Windows device is a PC. A Mac is a PC. And, an iPad is a PC. Then, is an iPhone or a smartphone a PC?
No, not in the traditional sense, but yes, by the official definition. So, let’s use the ability to add a keyboard and use the tablet as a smaller personal computer. You can’t do that so easily on an iPhone.
That definition is broad enough to make Apple the world’s largest PC maker– combining iPad and Mac. I bring this up because Andrew Orlowski seems to think tablet sales are not worth much consideration.
If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall? Is it even worth counting tablet sales? Do they even exist?
Betteridge’s Law of Headlines applies here.
Even analysts cannot agree on what constitutes the definition of a PC. Detachable Surface notebook tablet hybrids with touchscreens are considered tablets in Europe. Apple and Samsung own the lion’s share of tablet marketshare in the EU and the U.S., but nobody really knows exactly where competitors stand against one another because only Apple publishes real numbers each quarter.
Thanks to my definition of keyboard access as the line in the sand, I’m going to declare that an iPad is a PC. Why? Because it takes no effort to plug in a keyboard (Bluetooth or Smart Keyboard) and make it work much like a traditional Windows or Mac device.
That makes Apple the world’s largest PC maker with unit sales, revenue, and profit that puts to shame other PC makers.