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Forget The New Ipad: Why The Personal Computer Is Already An Also Ran

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Computers that rely on mice and keyboards have been eclipsed by more mobile, more connected computers.

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Will tablet computers one day outsell traditional personal computers? Almost certainly. Has the iPad made Apple the most important personal computer vendor on earth? Most definitely.

While Apple is introduced a new version of the iPad Wednesday (March 7) in San Francisco, however, the real shift has already happened. Smart phones outsold personal computers for the first time last year.

More than 487.7 million smart phones were shipped last year, up 62.7% from prior year; according to tech tracker Canalys. Just 414.6 million personal computers — including tablet computers — shipped during the same period, up 14.8% from the year earlier. And most of that growth came from tablet computers.

From Forbes
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