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Column: Apple iPads on the Brooklyn Bridge

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A couple of weeks ago, I took part in one of my all-time favorite New York activities - I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

And I noticed something that’s become extremely common, at least here in the Big Apple - tourists really like taking pictures and shooting videos with iPads. I see it on the subway, in restaurants, at the museum, and just about everywhere else.

This is just one symbol among many (like how much babies seem to enjoy using them) of just how popular tablet computers have become since Apple released the iconic iPad in 2010.

In fact, just this week, the Consumer Electronics Association said it expects tablets to comprise 80% of all computers sold by 2017.

Think about that - for every one traditional PC sold, there could be four tablets.

That seems outrageous for a product category that for all intents and purposes is less than four years old.

However, the popularity of tablets makes perfect sense.

Outside of the office, our computing activities mostly revolve around using Internet applications like Facebook and Netflix and email, all of which are easily accomplished on a tablet.

And in many ways, a tablet is actually far superior to a PC for common tasks. Tablets are smaller, less expensive, and are far easier to use. Additionally, relative to laptops, they are far more portable, and in many cases, have superior battery life.

For now, PCs will remain widely used, but don’t be surprised if that market is on the verge of extinction within 10 years.

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