iPad shaping future of cloud

Following reports that Apple would start paying a $10.60-a-year dividend in order to buy back stock, the company released its initial sales for the new iPad. According to Apple, over 3 million units were sold over the launch weekend.

Currently the iPad is available in 11 major markets, stretching from the United States to Germany to Hong Kong, but expects to reach 24 additional countries in the coming weeks.

This extremely strong showing from Apple seems to be pointing to the inevitable transition from PC centered technologies to cloud systems.

According to a report by Gartner, which discusses the future of the Personal Cloud, the current PC development focus will be replaced by a cloud-centric vision by 2014. Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans believes that cloud services will "become the glue that connects the web of devices" that consumers use to assist themselves in day to day tasks.

Furthermore, Gartner predicted that consumers will spend approximately $2.8 trillion worldwide on mobile devices and cloud services by 2015. If Apple's recent showing is any indication, cloud hosting services appear to be shifting the center of digital life sooner rather than later.

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