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Tablets may eclipse laptops in 2014, but there's no post-PC future on the horizon

Ian Paul | March 28, 2013
After Apple launched the iPad in 2010, it didn't take critics long to start asking if this new breed of one-panel touch tablets would kill the PC market as people opted for slates over clamshells. Now, more than three years, four iPads, and a gazillion Android tablets later, the answer to that question is finally taking shape.

Beyond that, will the tablets of 2018 have the same basic capabilities as modern-day Android and iOS slates, or will they be more PC-like? Will 10-inch tablets merge with Ultrabooks, as some industry watchers predict? Or perhaps, as a recent Amazon patent suggests, cloud computing will turn the devices on your desk and in your pocket to nothing more than a dumb display that relies on remote servers for both processing and battery power.

It's impossible to know what to expect on the distant horizon, but in the near future, the world will continue breathing life into PCs even while tablets sales surge. Are we living in a post-PC era? Ha.


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