Will Tablets Still Be Around in 5 Years?

When you talk about tablets, it’s impossible not to talk about the iPad. It’s quite incredible, really, how much the iPad has changed the computing landscape in just three years of existence. For those of us who rely on them every day, it’s almost hard to think back on our lives before them. In just three years, Apple has sold more than 140 million iPads. Think about that number for a minute. That’s 17 New York Cities, with every single person owning an iPad. Or for a different perspective, that’s then entire population of Japan, plus two New York Cities, with every single person owning an iPad. Staggering.

Yet, Thorsten Heins, the CEO of BlackBerry, thinks that “tablets themselves are not a good business model” and “in five years, I don’t think there will be a reason to to have a tablet anymore.” Interesting.

Remember those iPad sales numbers I just told you about? That’s just iPad, and doesn’t include the millions of Android tablets that have been sold in the same time. Check out the graph I put together below: with growth like that, do YOU think tablets will still be around in five years? Let me know on Twitter and I’ll share a few of your responses: @mbchp.

ipad sales all time as of q2 2013

iPad Sales - All Time (2013) - by @mbchp

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[Source: Bloomberg]

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