Steve@D8: “PCs Are Going to Be Like Trucks. Less People Will Need Them.”


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Never one to let an opportunity to explain a technology with a metaphor pass him by, Steve Jobs compared the transition from PCs to tablets as similar to when people stopped buying trucks and started buying cars (which is a dubious view of history, but let him run with it). From Engadget:

When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them. And this is going to make some people uneasy.

I actually think Steve is both right and wrong about this. What’s more likely is that a lot more households will again become one-PC homes as the need to do intense writing, coding or other keyboard horsepower activities gets more evenly distributed as other kinds of applications migrate to tablets. Only time will tell, of course.

  • James_Smith

    There are a couple of errors on both the article and the comments.  First, a PC is a Personal Computer.  It doesn’t matter if the operating system is WIndows, Linux, the Mac OS, or anything else.  Steve Jobs knew that.  It’s too bead so many users do not.

    Next, sorry Steve, but it’s “fewer people” not “less people”.  It’s disappointing that someone as intelligent and with as much attention to detail as Steve Jobs would make a very basic error like that.