Why "post PC" doesn't mean "sans PC"

Apple has taken a lot of flak for Steve Jobs's comments at the , which heralded the coming of the post-PC world.

If you mention that statement on Twitter, you'll immediately be confronted by couple of your followers over the fact that the iPad 2 itself is dependent on a PC for activation and syncing content. Which is to say, most commentators have completely missed the point... and likely failed Latin in High School as well.

The iPad and other devices are not here to displace the PC (by which I mean all personal computers, whether they're Macs or PCs running Windows). In fact, means , a new generation of products that build on the PC. What it doesn't mean is , that is, . The personal computer will no doubt be with us for a very long time... but that doesn't mean we're not in the post-PC world.

I often like to recall Mark Twain's classic rejoinder to a reporter who knocked on Twain's door while investigating reports that Twain was deathly ill. "The report of my death was an exaggeration," he told the surprised reporter. That line has become a part of our lexicon for describing both exaggeration and bad reporting. (Thirteen years later, Twain's death was no longer an exaggeration, just an inevitable fact.)

Even as some today hype the death of the PC, let's be clear: the PC isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Of course, the PC as we know it will continue to evolve--and a future generation of those devices will bear as little resemblance to today's Macs as today's Macs resemble Altair PCs of days gone by.

The current-day personal computer remains the ultimate Swiss army knife of information. If you want the Internet without any compromises, you need a PC. Need to access corporate apps and legacy information? That's also a PC. Want to play the best and most sophisticated games? See PC as well.