Jobs: Great unwashed don’t need PCs

Hmmm… This from TechEye.

It is official: Steve Jobs no longer thinks that PCs are going to be that important.

Speaking at the D8 conference, the Apple supremo said the day is coming when only one out of "every few people" will need a traditional computer.

For evidence he said that when the US was 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," he said.

He thinks that PCs are going to be like trucks. They are still going to be around… but only "one out of x people will need them."

Of course x is an unknown figure so Jobs is hedging his bets a bit. He could mean that only one in ten people will need one or one in two. It is a moot point if very many people need one now, but whether or not they own one is another matter.

Jobs claimed that advances in chips and software will allow tablet devices like the iPad to do tasks that today are really only suited for a traditional computer, things like video editing and graphic arts work.

He said that the move will make many PC veterans uneasy, "because the PC has taken us a long way."

"We like to talk about the post-PC era, but when it really starts to happen, it's uncomfortable," he said.

Needless to say, Ray Ozzie doesn’t agree.