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One chart shows how Apple has truly become the post-PC company

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Horace Dediu
Apple’s iPad sales make Mac sales look puny by comparison.

How can one characterize the post-PC age? This graph of the growth of iPad sales, created by mobile analyst Horace Dediu, compared to relatively stagnant growth in sales of Apple’s Macintosh personal computers, shows that when someone wants an internet-connected device that can perform everyday computing functions, increasingly that device is a tablet. Apple just released its earnings, and while the company missed expectations on iPhone sales, it sold more iPads than expected—26 million versus 24 million. Quartz’s Zach Seward has taken to grouping all of these devices—including the large phones that are a segment of the tablet market—under the term “glass-covered internet machines.”

At this point, it’s worth asking whether or not we’re living in a post-PC age, or whether “personal computer” simply means “tablet and anything else with a 7” or “bigger screen, keyboard optional.”

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