AirTalk for March 8, 2012

Will the new iPad replace sliced bread?

Apple Unveils Updated iPad In San Francisco

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

Probably not, but industry watchers have been predicting that Apple's much-anticipated new iPad may be the death of the personal computer, or PC.

The newest version of the popular tablet was unveiled with fanfare on Wednesday in San Francisco. With news vans and satellite trucks lining the streets outside, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to extoll the nifty new iPad features, including sophisticated photo and video editing, powerful gaming graphics and other things usually associated with desk-bound PCs.

Tablet competitors Samsung, HTC, LG and others are already having trouble keeping up with the iPad, and the new version seems designed to take over the flattened PC market as well. HP saw its profits plunge 44 percent in the first quarter of 2012, while Dell’s profit dropped by 18 percent. Meanwhile, consumers can’t wait to get their hands on the newest tech toy.

Analysts say those who have been drooling for the new iPad won’t be buying a new PC anytime soon.

Will Apple kill the PC market for good? Are you a PC lover who’s considering switching teams? Or do you plan to stay loyal to your PC?

Guest:

Jon Phillips, senior editor, Gadget Lab, for Wired.com


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