Why people still prefer PC for work

January 07, 2019 10:13
Photo: Reuters

Apple ran a commercial last year in which a kid with an iPad asks, "What's a computer?”

As the first to come up with the term "Post-PC era", Apple is obviously aiming to replace personal computers with its iPad products.

IPad has dominated the tablet market with its simple and user-friendly design. But it’s still too early to say tablets will replace personal computers.

Though lots of people use their tablets for entertainment such as watching videos or logging into social media platforms, for serious work, the majority are still more comfortable with a PC.

Computing power is probably not the issue. A bigger screen and software are more likely the reasons why people prefer PC for work.

Apple is trying to convince consumers to consider iPad Pro as a work machine with the release of iPad Pro, iOS 11 and more powerful apps.

As an Apple fan, I am using iPad Pro and exploring its new features. When I am on the road, I always carry an iPad mini.

There are indeed some handy apps that can boost work efficiency.

For example, the web-based project management app Trello gives you an overview of all your projects. Users can use different input methods, including touching screen, smart keyboard or iPad pencils. 

Screen size limitation is not a problem as you can easily project the image to a big screen. A 65-inch monitor costs just a few thousand Hong Kong dollars.

Things are beginning to change. Some people no longer carry a laptop for work; instead, they bring along a tablet if they want to work out of the office.

But computers will still be around for quite some time.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 4

Translation by Julie Zhu

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