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The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it’s becoming more versatile. So, with the two-in-ones, you have the opportunity to have both a tablet and laptop, and that’s appealing to students in particular. So you have an evolution. The boundaries are not as well defined as they used to be.BestBuy CEO, Tablet Sales Are "Crashing" [recode.net]
You said the tablet had “crashed.” Do you believe it’s going away?
Yeah, “crashed” is a strong word. So, the tablets have been an unbelievable phenomenon. I don’t think there’s a category that ever took off so quickly and so big in the history of tech.
The issue has then been that, once you have a tablet of a certain generation, it’s not clear that you have to move on to the next generation.
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Now that many people have got one, or even a second hand one, the innovation is not good enough to be worth a replacement.
What percentage of the non-Miss-Daisy population buys a new car every two years?
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Apple said on Tuesday that unit sales of the iPad—the best-selling tablet on the market—fell for a second straight quarter. IPad revenue has fallen in four of the last five quarters, and recent evidence points to slowing sales for imitators that rushed their own tablets to market.Four Years After First iPad Appeared, Questions Remain About Place in Market [online.wsj.com]
Apple shipped 1.3 million less iPads year on year but Samsung gained only 100,000 units, yet the market for tablets grew 11%, according to IDC.
Apple slipped in a growing market while Samsung barely held its own. Both lost market share.Welcome To Tablet Transformation [forbes.com]
My wife and I, on the other hand, have two 14 year old cars. We're about to replace mine which is the highest mileage, but that's just because I want a new car. I easily could survive with this car a few more years.
Apple's latest results showed a decline in iPad sales, which is a high end product, and of course, was the original to market.
Everyone who wants a tablet has one
A little over two years ago I bought a tablet.