Is Siri the Beginning of the End For Laptops | FOM

Let’s face it, ever since the release of the first iPad in 2010 laptop sales have been steadily declining.

According to PC magazine, “Cold hard numbers now show that Apple’s iPad is indeed cannibalizing the traditional PC market–and laptops in particular.BusinessWeek reported today that global laptop sales have collapsed, from pre-iPad double-digit growth rates to just 1 percent in the first quarter of 2011. As industry analysts cut PC sales forecasts even further, competition is going to be tougher for computer manufacturers.” in their article Apple iPad Hammering Laptop Sales, Analysts Say.

It’s the perfect browsing/email device, it’s battery lasts forever, it’s super easy to use, and it’s form-factor is unmatched. Now consider this; What is the ONLY thing stopping the total obliteration of the laptop? The iPad doesn’t have a fast way to input text (no keyboard). Siri fixes that, or at least she could. Remember, folks Siri is still in Beta so she’s not a “working model” yet; but as a finished Apple product she has the potential to eliminate the need for a tactile input device for text on a computer. She will give even the illiterate a voice on the web (which some COULD argue they already have).

Let us know what you think. Sound off in the comments!


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