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How long will tablet computers be around, and what will replace them?

3 years ago

3 parents have answered

Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK

Kids and grown ups love 'em so, and so they should – but tablets like the iPad might be obsolete within the decade if things carry on as they are.

They're arguably more ubiquitous than laptops these days, but not for long. At least according to BlackBerry boss Thorstein Heins: 'In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet any more,' Heins predicts. 'Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.' Maybe take that with a pinch of salt, but don't discount it entirely.

Tablets might not become extinct, but there's a good chance they'll change beyond recognition – how similar is the Turing machine to your MacBook Air? – or become obsolete.

Smartphones can pretty much do what tablets do, and they're getting bigger screens to accommodate certain things, whilst remaining small enough to go in your pocket. And, as Heins says, with screens all around the house – or screens for a house – why would you need to carry around a tablet?

It might not happen as quick as he thinks, but he might be on to something there.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Matthew Day
Matthew Day A geek London, GB

I doubt the tablet niche will go away...

Consider showing something to someone on:

  1. A phone ... too small

  2. A laptop ... always looks very clumsy and unsafe holding up an opened out laptop - better with convertibles of course

  3. A tablet

For personal use, maybe something like "Google Glass" will take over, with a personal heads up display

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Opinion 3 years ago
Steve Calhoun
Steve Calhoun Father App Builder Sonoma, US

Just read an article last night that our tablets will be able to access a computer loaded with an operating system, in the cloud. Meaning that you won't need your trusty iMac/iBook anymore, as the hard system calculations and such will be done by a mainframe that you can login to via a web browser.

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Fact 3 years ago

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