PCs are going to be like trucks

Best Steve Jobs quote from D8

7:06 p.m. PDT: Is tablet eventually going to replace laptop, Walt asks.

7:07 p.m. PDT: Jobs: “When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms.” Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.

7:07 p.m. PDT: “PCs are going to be like trucks”

7:07 p.m. PDT: “They are still going to be around…they are going to be one out of x people.”

via: CNET

iPad is a product competing along a new basis; that of convenience and simplicity.  The PC vendors are motivated to serve their most demanding customers who expect loads of features and the highest specs. Most people who write about technology for a living will also side with the “truck drivers” because they “know more about transportation than anyone else”.

When you hear someone say that the iPad is just a toy or that it’s only for consumption and not creation, think about that professional truck driver’s bitterness at seeing cheap consumer vehicles cluttering up the roads, doing nothing but serving the unproductive whims of an uneducated population.