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Are we living in a 'post-PC' world?

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 While the iPad took centre stage on Wednesday, the Macbook and iMac computers have received little fanfare from Apple. (Associated Press)Before unveiling the latest version of the iPad tablet computer on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that consumers were now living in a "post-PC" world.

"We're talking about a world where the PC is no longer the center of your digital world, but is just another device," said Cook. "The devices you use the most are more portable, more personal and dramatically easier to use than any PC has ever been."

Apple sold 172 million "post-PC" products last year, a term that includes the iPad, iPhone and the iPod, and accounts for 76 per cent of the company's total revenue.

Meanwhile, the Macbook laptops and iMac desktops received little to no attention during Apple's latest press conferences.

Tech expert Peter Nowak wrote that the new iPad is a building block towards "a society that relies less and less on often bigger, bulkier desktop and laptop computers." Many people use tablets to surf the web while also watching television. The iPad is also being used in schools as learning tools, on airplanes to replace flight manuals and in hospitals with new medical treatment software.

Office spaces, however, are still filled to the brim with workhorse desktop and laptop computers made by Dell, HP, Lenovo and other suppliers.

Intel's slim Ultrabook laptop segment impressed at January's Consumer Electronics Show, and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system hopes to refresh the desktop computer as much as tablets and other mobile devices.

Do you think we're living in the "post-PC" world, as Tim Cook calls it? Do you still use a desktop or laptop computer at home? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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