Time is nearly up for the humble PC, and in the not-too-distant future only a minority of the population will be using one, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has predicted.
Speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference yesterday, Jobs said that PCs are now in permanent decline, FT.com said.
Just as the urban car has replaced the farm truck as the dominant vehicle in the US, PCs will soon be replaced by other gadgets as the dominant computing platform, he stated.
The success of the iPad and the iPhone were early indications of this trend, he said.
Jobs revealed that the iPad was in development before the iPhone, but he decided after preliminary work that the features would be great in a mobile phone.
Jobs defended the conditions at the Foxconn manufacturing plant, stating that “Foxconn is not a sweatshop.”
“They’ve got restaurants and swimming pools….For a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory,” he said.
But he added he was troubled by the recent spate of suicides, and plans to send over Apple employees and some outside investigators to probe the issue.
Jobs went on to address the tense relationships that have developed between Apple and Adobe, as well as former ally Google, WSJ.com said.
He defended the decision to effectively ban Flash on the iPhone, stating that it has placed its bets with HTML 5. "Sometimes you have to pick the things that look like the right horses to ride going forward," he said.
Acknowledging Apple's friction with Google, Jobs said that their relationship changed inextricably when Google decided to compete with Apple in the area of mobile phones.
But he said Apple would neither compete with Google in the search business, nor remove Google search from its mobile devices in retaliation.