Originally Posted by nonarKitten
Perhaps it isn't, but I wasn't attempting to define what a PC is, only that the iPad is currently not up to what we presently call a "PC" -- or a Mac -- I don't want the term PC here to define an IBM/Windows PC. Even the Commodore Amiga was a PC in its time, and was far more general purpose than the iPad is now -- so if it's not up to 1990's standards of what a PC can **DO** then it's not a PC.
Have a look at the specs of an Altairhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800
I can state a case that an iPod is not a personal computer because I can't write programs on the device that run on the device
Conversely, I can state a case that the Altair is not a personal computer because the only native I/O is a row of toggle switches and a corresponding row of lights -- you set the 8 switches, verify them in the lights, toggle the enter switch and, voila you have entered a character into the computer.
Similar cases can be stated for almost any comparison-- from what, arguably, were the first personal computers (Apple ][ of 1978, IBM/pc 0f 1981) to the popular definition(s) of personal computers we have today.
sold each of the above-mentioned devices to customers (persons)
-- as well as many of the follow-on devices through 1989.
Were they all personal computers?
Were none of them personal computers?
I think the former-- let me explain why:
I think most
will agree that the hardware in smart phones, iPod Touches and iPads (tablets)
qualify them as computers.
Then we are left with what differentiates
a "personal computer"
from a "computer"?
It is the "ability of the customer (the person) to make the computer do what the person wants it to do.
It isn't, necessarily, what OS the computer runs -- The early computers didn't have OSes.
It isn't, necessarily, what peripherals you can attach to the computer -- The early computers had Paper Tape, and Magnetic Tape I/O, TeleTypes for Key Entry.
I Have FCS Studio, and some very expensive Plugins to do rotoscoping, compositing, titling, e.g. non-liner A/V editing. I do that on my dual-display iMac personal computer.
We have a central media library of 10,000 songs, 700 movies, 500 TV shows and 1,000 Podcasts. It is stored on 2 2-Terabyte drives connected to a headless/keyboardless Mac Mini personal computer
We have a new AppleTV personal computer
that allows us to stream everything on the media library (or other computers) to our HDTV and stereo system(s) (inside and outside).
I have an iPad 3G personal computer
that I use to "keep in touch", play games, stream content -- on the couch, in the back yard, at a restaurant (HotSpot), or in the middle of a park.
To me, all of these are personal computers
because I can make them do what I want them to do
-- what could be more personal than that?