Jobs says tablets won't "completely" replace PCs

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has opined that the iPad and other tablet devices "won't completely" replace traditional laptops and PCs.

However, Jobs, who spoke at the All Things D Conference, told Walt Mossberg of the WSJ that a significant shift away from the PC was clearly "inevitable." 

"The transformation of the PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways," said Jobs, who was quoted by AppleInsider.

"The PC is brilliant...and we like to talk about the post-PC era, but it's uncomfortable."

According to Jobs, the migration from PC to tablet can be compared to the nascent days of the US automobile industry, when the majority of vehicles were trucks driven by farmers. 

"But cars became more popular as cities rose and features [such as] power steering and automatic transition were added over time.

"[So] PCs are going to be like trucks...They will still be around, but represent a smaller number of people."