Originally Posted by Ireland
You are asking me to understand I point I have just made, myself.
I'm not on about touch replacing anything, I'm talking about iPad-like devices replacing laptops, which I've already seen happen. To me and others I know. We all sold our laptops, kept out desktop and bought iPads.
i highly doubt college student did all that, most of them didnt (sell laptops and buy ipads). i really who the "others that you know" are. grandmas,grandpas, and moms? ipads are designed for them because most of them need big screens and dont like to type, fingers are perfect for them. i cannot see people who needs productivity use an ipad like device to do their work (despite like you said, majority of the work gets done on desktop). ipads cannot replace laptops and will not, simply because touch is not reliable in terms of work. laptops are used during planes rides, classroom lectures, and many other occasions still for portable typing (where precision is needed and only actual keyboards can provide). tapping and typing on an ipad with a touchscreen is way different and less efficient (phones are a different topic). just because you dont need a laptop, does not mean the rest of the world doesn't need laptops. touch typing SUCKS for productivity, and productivity is still needed "on the go". i have friends who bought laptops just because they have the money, but they HATE typing on it in class, in fact, its always used for gaming and watching videos. why? because you dont know when your fingers drift to another key despite the autocorrect. just like the mouse, touch typing wont replace keyboard, and when theres a keyboard, its a laptop. to sum it up, ipad-like devices are for entertainment and media, NOT for work, and people will still need portable, productive, work-capable devices on the go.
"It's not going to happen" according to you. i beg to differ, like i said, it can happen to both laptops and computers. you mentioned "I see iPad-type computers eventually replacing Apple laptops" basically meaning laptops will be touch-based, im saying, it WONT be touch based, but touch optional and additional. even on desktops too because it can integrate amazing multitouch on big screens and still use mouse/cursor whenever needed for precision.