Rupert Murdoch Thinks Tablets will End Laptops, Praises Jobs

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News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch told the Fox Business Network that he thinks tablets represent the “end of laptops.” In an interview with the cable network, Mr. Murdoch heaped praise on Apple CEO Steve Jobs, saying, “Here we have the man who invented the personal computer, then the laptop. He’s now destroying them. That is an amazing life.”

The interview from a network that Mr. Murdoch’s company owns was part of the marketing blitz Mr. Murdoch and News Corp. are engaging in to promote the release of The Daily, a new iPad-only (for now) daily newspaper.

Technically, Mr. Murdoch is fudging history a bit in that it was Steve Jobs who recognized Steve Wozniak’s invention of the Apple I computer for its potential; and, while Mr. Jobs headed the team that developed the Macintosh computer (which could be what Mr. Murdoch was thinking about when he said “invented the personal computer”), Mr. Jobs wasn’t at Apple for the development of the Mac Portable or the PowerBook.

 

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch
Source: News Corp 

 

Be that as it may, Mr. Murdoch was clearly paying tribute to the disruptive force that Steve Jobs has been throughout his professional career, pushing the Apple II into prominence, and then recognizing the work being done at the Xerox PARC in GUIs for its potential, and turning that work into a shipping product that disrupted that same Apple II.

We should also note that Mr. Murdoch may be a bit premature in heralding the end of laptops, but he was certainly an early believer in the ascendancy of tablets, and his company has devoted significant resources into having an early presence on the iPad.

In the interview, which was transcribed by PaidContent, Mr. Murdoch also noted that he hopes to be able to negotiate a larger cut of The Daily sales. Currently, Apple takes 30% off the top of all app sales in exchange for the transaction and for the privilege of being on iTunes itself.

When asked about this by Neil Cavuto of Fox Business Network, Mr. Murdoch said that he “hoped” Apple’s cut would go down after the first year, and said that it was an area subject to negotiation.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Maybe.

I like my MacBook Pro for content creation when I am out and about. It is not so handy for viewing content when say I am in bed or someplace where balancing a laptop is clumsy.

I could have two devices or I could have hybrid. A Macbook with a removable iPad/screen. The base, the dock holds a traditional keyboard, track pad, some ports, maybe an optical drive and a second flash drive. You can use it clamshell configuration as a traditional laptop. Remove the screen and use it as an iPad. Just thinking.

Intruder

Bryan,

It’s Xerox, not Zerox.

//just sayin’

olivio

yes. mudrock knows a lot about tachnology partnerships and acquisitions. he did so well with myspace.

Al Brown

Sure, saying that Jobs invented the personal computer may not be entirely accurate.  But I don’t think he had anything to do with the invention of the laptop.

samuelgilman

I guess I’m the only person that seriously doesn’t want a tablet. Where is the keyboard? Where is my mouse? I hate using my phone for email because it is so slow. And even if speech recognition caught up, which will probably take another 20 years, I still think using a keyboard is faster. Laptops will not go away anytime soon.

some internet dude

That some nice saber rattling rupert, but i dont think so, And Android will win the tablet battle like it did the phone war.

Terrin

Murdock obviously meant Apple itself putting the personal computer on the map, not Jobs all by himself. Prior to the Mac, PCs were mostly just used for business and government. They were too expensive. The rest of us used Commodores. Even Apple I or IIs were expensive for the rest of us and mostly used by schools. Jobs had the vision and drive to see value in what Xerox had done and molded that to a viable product. Wozniak had little to do with that. his claim to fame was the Apple I. The Apple I was important, but it doesn’t represent what we think of as a modern PC today. Jobs gave us the Mac OS, which Microsoft eventually “borrowed” and made the personal PC what it is today: a device used by the masses. Jobs essentially did give us the PC as we know it today.

Further, Apple (the company Jobs founded) was instrumental in making the laptop important with the powerbook. The powerbook represents what most modern laptops have come to be. It was the first to put the keyboard back with space for the wrists, as well as incorporating a trackpad. The guy was obviously just being respectful of Jobs. Seems appropriate given Jobs condition.

Sure, saying that Jobs invented the personal computer may not be entirely accurate.? But I don?t think he had anything to do with the invention of the laptop.

Penrod2011

As I recall the term “Personal Computer” aka PC was coined by IBM. Prior to the introduction of their Intel 8088 box, desktop systems were known generically as micro systems.

Bryan Chaffin

Bryan, It?s Xerox, not Zerox. //just sayin?

Gah! Thanks, Intruder. It’s corrected. smile

Bryan Chaffin

That some nice saber rattling rupert, but i dont think so, And Android will win the tablet battle like it did the phone war.

I roll my digital eyes at that nonsense…

BurmaYank

As I recall the term ?Personal Computer? aka PC was coined by IBM. Prior to the introduction of their Intel 8088 box, desktop systems were known generically as micro systems

I remember that a little differently - Yes, I too recall the term ?Personal Computer? aka PC was coined by IBM when it introduced its Intel 8088 desktop computer box, but prior to that, such personal desktop computers (including the Apple IIs, Altairs, TRS-80s, Ataris, Commodores, etc.) were called “microcomputers”, to distinguish them from “minicomputer” desktop systems such as DEC’s, Apollo/Sun’s, Wang’s, Data General’s & IBM’s >$100,000 desktop-sized sub-mainframe midrange computers that ran full multi-user, multitasking operating systems that managed corporate operations.

frosty

Or pehapls the laptop and tablet will become one.

Nemo

I vehemently disagree with Rupert’s politics on a lot of issues and with his unabashed yellow journalism, but I am tremendously impressed with what News Corp. has wrought.  And, since I don’t like Rupert’s yellow journalism or his archly conservative bias, I hope that other major news organizations take the lesson of The Daily, quickly follow suit, and improve on it.

d'nomder

First, Jobs didn’t invent the personal computer or the laptop.  He may have perfected them, but he wasn’t first.

Second, Rupert has a certain “septic touch”, meaning everything he touches turns into ****.  We should pray he keeps his hands off Apple.

Jason

I guess I?m the only person that seriously doesn?t want a tablet. Where is the keyboard? Where is my mouse?

I guess I’m the only person who doesn’t want a laptop. Where is the punch card reader? Where are the vacuum tubes?

Jason

As I recall the term ?Personal Computer? aka PC was coined by IBM.

Your recollection is faulty. Apple I was advertised as a personal computer and was released in 1976. Commodore was calling their PET a personal computer in 1977. All of this predated IBM-PC in 1980s.

Also the Altair started in 1974, and it was advertised as a personal computer. I think Altair was the first company to use the term Personal Computer in official advertising, but even then it wasn’t the first PC.

Lee Dronick

The forthcoming new iPad may have been spotted at the launch event. See this story from the Huffington Post

Lancashire-Witch

Mr. Murdoch is fudging history a bit….


Mr Murdoch has never been one to let accurate reporting of the facts get in the way of a good story - that’s how his news empire became so successful.

webjprgm

I guess I?m the only person that seriously doesn?t want a tablet. Where is the keyboard? Where is my mouse? I hate using my phone for email because it is so slow. And even if speech recognition caught up, which will probably take another 20 years, I still think using a keyboard is faster. Laptops will not go away anytime soon.

I love using my phone for CHECKING email.  It’s reasonably fast on WiFi at least.  If I have to do responses longer than two sentences, though, I usually wait until I get back to my desk (either at work or at home, or with my laptop on vacation).

I was thinking today whether a tablet could replace the laptop I carry around at work, but samuelgilman is right that the keyboard is so much faster.  That is why Mr. Jobs is still keeping around the MBA while giving it iPad features like SSDs and instant-on and whatnot.  Tablets are the right direction, but some will still technically be laptops.

geoduck

to distinguish them from ?minicomputer? desktop systems such as DEC?s, Apollo/Sun?s, Wang?s, Data General?s & IBM?s

<old codger story alert>
That reminds me of when I was in college. A professor, (we’ll call him Dr. Smith, definitely not his real name) was trying to get money for a Wang system but the request was going nowhere with the Department or University Administration. At a public meeting one of his students was asked what the status of the request was and he replied:

“No there hasn’t been any interest in Dr. Smith’s Wang in a long time”

Then he realized how that sounded. The rest of the gathering just cracked up while he turned various shades of red.
</codger alert>

And now back to the topic at hand. Netbooks yes they are going away due to Pads. Laptops, not for a while.

ctopher

I think it’s fair to say Steve (can I call you Steve? No?) never invented anything.

It’s also fair to say, that without Steve, (errr Mr. Jobs), our choices would not be as plentiful and our devices not as usable.

xmattingly

It?s Xerox, not Zerox.

Zena needs zex! :D

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