Like the mainframe, which was said to be dead decades ago but has remained a meaningful business, the PC will almost certainly cheat death. True, mobile devices like the iPad will continue to gore PC sales. Those mobile devices, though, will most likely never satisfy spreadsheet masters, film editors and other workers who depend on multiple screens and the precision of a keyboard and mouse.
The PC as we know it will continue to hang around mostly for workers that need to customize docs and edit professional video and images.
But it’s also clear that tablets predominantly for consumption will adopt PC work capabilities. The hybrid tablet with PC-like usability is the future. Only then do PCs “become something like trucks.”