Don't be fooled by the hoopla over the iPad. While Apple (APPL) has dropped the word "computer" from its name and is swiftly using the iPad to build a market for tablets, the company isn't about to let the Macintosh languish.
I understand the temptation to think that the Mac's importance may be receding. In the first few months after I purchased my MacBook Pro last year, I rarely looked up from it. More recently, I'm using the iPad for many tasks I'd normally entrust to the Mac—among them, downloading music and TV shows from iTunes and catching up on e-mail and news headlines.