Taiwan source forecasts mass exit from tablet biz
Amazon, Apple only players by 2013. Apparently
PC companies will begin to exit the tablet market in 2012, it has been claimed.
The notion, put forward by "sources from [the] upstream supply chain" cited by DigiTimes, is that Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and others will "gradually phase out from the market", leaving it to the likes of Apple and Amazon, who not only sell hardware but content too.
Without that content, the source reckons, the hardware-only guys haven't a hope of making it big in the tablet space and so will decide not to bother.
It's certainly true that HP killed off its WebOS tablet, the TouchPad, and Acer executives have been heard to mutter that consumers will soon get over tablets and go back to buying notebooks.
But, what with Windows 8 in its way, it's hard to see such suppliers pulling out of the tablet market right now. Others are gearing up to offer Nvidia Tegra 3-based tablets in 2012.
The source's view is that Amazon and fellow US retailer Barnes & Noble will eventually give away their tablets, subsidising the price entirely from content sales.
We can see that happening: the Kindle Fire and Nook tablet are already believed to be being sold at little if anything above cost price. If people buy enough movies, TV shows, e-books and music from these companies, that allows the price to come down further.
However, the source undermines his argument by alleging that "although iPad 2 is also seeing strong demand from consumers, sales were lower than those of iPad".
Except, while 15m iPads were sold up to the launch of the iPad 2, Apple shipped 20.4m iPads in the six months to the end of September 2011, almost all of them iPad 2s. Even if the Christmas quarter's sales are lower than expected, as some observers have suggested, they'll still push iPad 2 sales well ahead of its predecessor. ®
What a crock of shit.
"I suggest that the tablet form factor will wipe the floor given a little more time because of the generation growing up with touch screen devices.
Walk down any street, sit on any bus or train and look at the kids and their phones. They will drive the market."
'The market' being the market of X-factor-watching, passive-consuming, give-my-brain-a-rest, 'watchers'?
i.e. Not the market of 'do-ers'?
Anyone with two brain cells and some typing fingers knows that *all* 'smart'-phones and tablets are 15th rate, c*** input devices without even touching one.
Anyone with a single brain cell can spend a few hundreds on a me2Phone/Pad and slowly, gradually, after lots of finger-swiping and waving their phoneblet at everyone they imagine could give a t***, they, too, will find it to be a c*** input device.
Not really the 'market' that IT people work in, though perhaps the one that Creatives (don't you lurve nounless adjectives) wander through in their latest new-knot scarf, fondle-slabbing as they go.
Bitter? Cynical? Twisted.
Yeah, man. Right on.
Its a good article.
The majority of Tablets are purely used for consumption. People who actually use them for work exist, but most businesses that benefit from a tablet have had their own rugged, purpose designed tablets, shippers like FedEx, UPS, Warehousing companies and others.
Consumer styled tablets will become free subsidized content selling gizmos pretty soon.
Even the most massive hype doesn't last indefinitely, thankfully.
Sooner or later...
...the morons who buy these toys have got to pull their heads outta their arses.
Sony have lost the trust and respect of most consumers through their rootkits and security exposures. I don't think they could cut it anymore.
I have used a tablet but felt so lazy using it. It doesn't encourage me to do anything productive with my time and when I looked at the price I was put off even more.