Analyst sees iPad as beginning of big changes in personal computing

09:27, May 05, 2010      

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Photo taken on April 6, 2010 shows people try Apple's iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in New York,the United States. Apple Inc. on Monday announced that it had sold one million iPad tablet computers in 28 days, hitting the mark twice as fast as the company's first iPhone. (Xinhua/Wu Kaixiang)

Apple Inc.'s much-hyped iPad, sold pretty well a month after its debut, may herald big changes in personal computing, a veteran Silicon Valley analyst said during a recent interview with Xinhua.

"We are not sure what the final ramifications are, but the iPad is the beginning of a change, much like the personal computer was the beginning of a change," said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, which is based in San Jose, California.

The iPad is a device heavily tied back to the Internet, or so- called "cloud", and gives people the first really large-scale cloud client, the analyst noted.

Apple's tablet computer is a product that "lives and breathes as it connects to the Web", and will force people to probably not look at having laptop computers or even smartphones in the future, but move to devices that are always connected, always with them and provide information related to their health and medial well- being, Enderle said.

According to the analyst, the iPad may turn out to be " revolutionary" primarily because it more heavily uses the Internet and will force the industry to think whether to put the processing power up in the cloud or in the Internet rather than in devices.

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