Until the iPad, tablets were niche products that were hard to use, not very user-friendly, and without any diversification points that could bring them appeal with the mainstream market. But after iPad took the world stage, the world went crazy about these relatively small computers that could connect to the internet, allow you to read your favorite news, watch YouTube videos, read books, and watch TV shows and movies; the future of tablets looked bright. As you can see, many points of diversification suddenly popped out of thin air. But the most attractive feature of iPad, and later on most modern tablets was the ease of use. In just a few taps of the screen you could consume any content without the need for desktop or laptop, almost 80% of the stuff you did on those now bulky machines could be done on tablets, they were on fire. Later on, the market gradually got crowded, there were too many models and people who bought them didn’t need a new one since their old tablet was good enough for the majority of tasks, except for playing newest games. The future of tablets suddenly wasn’t so bright and filled with potential growth.

Check out Tablet PC Do you really need one?

Now we came to the point where the future of tablets isn’t as bright as it was just a few years ago. Innovation is desperately needed (Microsoft did a good job with Surface Pro but the price is still too steep to launch Surface into the mainstream market), without it, tablets could end up like their cousins netbooks, now buried deep in the cemetery of failed tech trends. This text will show you their humble beginnings, their rise that made some analytics to claim that the era of PC is ended (again), the current state of the market and finally, the (potential) future of tablets, where they can go and what their fate could be.

RAND Tablet - Future of Tablets

RAND Tablet

The Beginnings

Tablets aren’t as new as many people believe. First prototypes were made way back in 60’s when the first concept, dubbed The RAND Tablet saw the light of day. Alan Kay came up with Dynabook concept in 1972, but those devices weren’t able to do pretty much anything and were more of a look into the future than actual devices that could be offered to the mass market. In 1987, Apple sponsored an interesting competition named The PC of the Year 2000 which offered a prize for anyone who could construct a prototype of a device that could be the PC of the 21st century. The winner was a strange looking prototype named “Tablet: Personal Computer of the Year 2000.”

The description of the device stated that “This rectangular slab will…have no buttons or knobs to play with…On powering up our machine, icons representing…a host of applications will appear.” Furthermore, description included a touchscreen, in the end perfectly describing the first iPad. As you can see the ideas were there but the level of technology just wasn’t enough to make it real.

Apple PC of the 2000 - Future of tablets

Tablet: personal computer of the year 2000

 Dynabook tablet - Future of Tablets

Dynabook Tablet Replica

During the first years of 21st-century tablets appeared again, this time as actual working devices, but this time, the software wasn’t ready for touchscreen input. Many of us remember Microsoft’s Windows XP tablet edition, unfinished OS that, in theory, offered full XP experience but in reality Windows just wasn’t made for touchscreen and tablets remained a small niche filled with bulky, over expensive devices that couldn’t replace even the cheapest laptops. The future of tablets was nonexistent, but then a miracle happened (well, more of a promotional miracle) from a marketing wizard called Steve Jobs.

First iPad - future of tablets

Steve Jobs Holding The First Generation iPad

The Rise And Creation Of A Completely New Market

The year 2010, iPhone is holding the better part of the smartphone market, Android is slowly gaining users, Windows phone is practically a margin error. Steve Jobs wants to further expand Apple’s portfolio but he knows well that adding too many devices will water down the quality and brand equity. After all, he saved Apple in his second coming, company’s portfolio was greatly reduced, its attention turned to just a few devices that had huge brand recognition and a fanatically faithful user base. Mac Book again became a premiere device, iPod destroyed the competition and iPhone practically introduced touchscreen smartphones to mainstream market.

Check out Screenless display, is it possible?

iPhone was a perfect testing ground for that old idea of a device that could replace the PC in almost every way, with a sleek touchscreen interface and small form factor, more mobile than a laptop is. iOS was perfect for a device like a tablet, and the hardware was finally advanced enough for Apple to offer a relatively small device that could replace you PC, having a battery that could give you a whole day of use and is extremely mobile, making it the “perfect choice for everyone.” The future of tablets was the brightest during 2010, iPad was released and Apple secured another victory and has again opened a completely new market in which they can reign without any serious competition.

The Explosion, And Beginning Of Stagnation

Nexus_7 - future of tablets
                                      Nexus 7

The price was too high for everyone to have one, Android manufacturers saw this and we arrived in the era of cheap tablets that allow you to consume any kind of content from the palm of your hand. Bigger screen meant better experience when browsing, watching videos, reading books, almost everything was easier to do on a tablet than on PC or smartphone.  When 7-inch tablets arrived, the market exploded, PC sales went down the drain during the period of 2011-2014, many believed that tablets are the future, the term “Post-PC era” became popular. In time, every person who needed a tablet got one, and now we come to the point when the tablet market is slowly stagnating, sales are dropping every quarter, and there aren’t as many cheap tablets as there was just a couple of years ago. The future of tablets is foggy and no one knows what’ll happen in the coming years.

Major change in the market that contributed to the start of a decline in tablets sales was the arrival of fablets. Samsung’s first major breakthrough is the Note series, a complete rehash of a smartphone formula that offered big screen perfect for watching videos or surfing while at the same time keeping the size of a device in the pocket-friendly area. Another problem is that tablets stayed mostly consuming devices; you can’t finish any serious work on them, even with the keyboard attached (that slowly started to change) and the final nail in the coffin is the fact that technology hasn’t advanced rapidly in the past six years. To be competitive with notebooks and PC’s tablets had either to adopt x64 processor architecture (like Microsoft did with the Surface Pro) or to further advance the ARM architecture so that tablets become suited for serious work like Apple tried to do with A9X, the chipset used in iPad Pro. Although they claimed that A9X is on the same level as classic laptop CPUs tests showed that A9X is still outperformed by Intel’s Core M CPU.

Galaxy Note - Future Of Tablets
                                                                                   Galaxy Note

 

The Present, And The Potential Future Of Tablets

Surface Pro - Future Of TabletsSurface Pro 4

Today, most manufacturers are trying to make tablets more powerful, fit for tasks that could only be finished on PC’s. Microsoft Surface Pro, Apple iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro are all trying to offer a powerful devices with bigger screens and optional keyboards, devices that will leverage their advantages while at the same time offering features that were only available on PC’s and Mac’s (Full Office packet, Photoshop that will allow you to do more than just a few changes before posting photo on Instagram, bigger capacity batteries and quality keyboards suited for long writing). The problem is that all this can be done on ultrabooks (a sort of revenge of netbooks from the grave), they are cheaper and pack full Windows OS suited for creation of content, not just for consuming it and have almost the same mobility as tablets. 2-in-1 hybrids tried to close the gap between tablets and ultrabooks but most of them are either seriously underpowered of seriously expensive. Decline in sales is obvious and even Apple reported that they expect for the tablet market to decline during this year.

iPad Pro - Future Of Tablets

iPAd Pro with Smart keyboard

To secure a better future of tablets, manufacturers have to do a couple of thing:

  • Firstly, the price has to be reduced;Surface Pro is a great device that can (almost) completely replace PC but is just too expensive for most people.
  • Secondly tablets need to have full, not just mobile, OS’s. Again, Surface Pro did that (and Microsoft generally with Windows 10, the prime example of their “PC+” market philosophy), but without a price reduction, they will stay just an expensive gadget.
  • Third, they need to become more powerful (iPad Pro showed that this can be achieved), and manufacturers have to create incentive for developers so they can start creating fully working apps, not just mobile friendly apps that don’t have all features of their PC/Mac brethren (Microsoft is on a good way of doing that with their universal Windows apps program).
  • Fourth, design innovation is necessary, if you see one tablet you have seen them all. Many may question the effect design has on sales of great technology, realistically it is because of design you see this technology. Tablets of the future must represent this not only in technological advancement but also in visual/design enhancements.

Only when all these are achieved, the future of tablets can become something to be excited for.

Thank you for staying with us to the end; we hope that this article gave you interesting information about the past, present, and future of tablets. We believe that they are just too popular to fade away into gadget history, but if some radical changes don’t happen, tablets could soon become a niche product, again.

77 COMMENTS

  1. I visited various websites but the audio quality for audio songs current at this web page is actually fabulous.|

  2. What’s up Dear, are you truly visiting this site on a regular basis, if so then you will absolutely obtain fastidious know-how.|

  3. I don’t even know the way I finished up right here, however I believed this publish used to be great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a well-known blogger when you aren’t already. Cheers!|

  4. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back in the future. I want to encourage one to continue your great writing, have a nice day!|

  5. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!|

  6. Nice answer back in return of this query with genuine arguments and describing everything regarding that.|

  7. Otras alternativas son las inyecciones, los dispositivos de vacío o incluso las prótesis. Cuando acuda a la consulta, el médico seguirá un proceso de evaluación diagnóstica; que es la realización de una historia clínica. Si persiste durante más de tres meses el paciente deberá buscar un urólogo especializado en impotencia.

  8. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.|

  9. It’s amazing in favor of me to have a site, which is valuable
    in support of my experience. thanks admin

  10. I used to be very pleased to seek out this internet-site.I wished to thanks on your time for this glorious read!! I undoubtedly having fun with each little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  11. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?
    My site has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over
    the internet without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content
    from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  12. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.|

  13. What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you’re now not really much more neatly-preferred than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You already know therefore considerably on the subject of this subject, made me personally consider it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. At all times handle it up!|

  14. Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally ? taking time and actual effort to make a very good article? but what can I say? I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  15. I?m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that?s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

  16. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
    Very useful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot.

    I was looking for this particular information for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  17. Hello, I enjoy reading through your post. I wanted to write
    a little comment to support you.

  18. Hey! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was
    wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my
    comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  19. I really like what you guys are up too. This sort of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve you guys to blogroll.

  20. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  21. After I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me
    when new comments are added- checkbox and now
    whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
    Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

  22. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox
    and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Appreciate it!

  23. If you want to increase your experience just keep visiting this web page and be updated
    with the latest news posted here.

  24. Great, thanks for sharing this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  25. always i used to read smaller articles or reviews
    which also clear their motive, and that is also happening with
    this post which I am reading now.

  26. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating
    it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested
    in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  27. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be
    really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post,
    I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  28. Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you be acquainted with afterward
    you can write or else it is difficult to write.

  29. Your means of telling all in this paragraph is genuinely fastidious,
    all can simply be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  30. Excellent way of describing, and pleasant post to obtain facts concerning my presentation focus, which i am going to present in university.

  31. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  32. 31103 854199I believe this internet internet site contains really superb composed articles posts . 547426

  33. I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thank you again

  34. Hello my loved one! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice
    written and come with approximately all significant infos.
    I’d like to peer extra posts like this .

  35. Seandainya anda sudah menetapkan untuk bermain judi joker123 deposit
    pulsa maka wajib memiliki aplikasinya. Untuk memiliki aplikasi ini anda mesti memilih situs judi terbaik dan paling ampuh.
    Ada sebagian hal yang patut anda lakukan saat
    dalam pengerjaan pencarian web judi terbaik dan terpercaya.

    Perkembangan permainan judi memang sungguh-sungguh kencang sekali,
    anda dapat bermain judi joker hanya dengan mengaplikasikan hp termasuk juga transaksinya.
    Permainan ini memang amat menguntungkan bagi para pemain yang memenangkan permainan karena akan banyak
    menerima tawaran hadiah dari situsnya, tetapi patut memilih
    laman judi terbaik supaya tidak terkena penipuan.

  36. Salah satu ciri web judi terbaik yang tak boleh anda lupakan merupakan laman judi
    yang tak mempunyai riwayat seputar hal buruk, termasuk
    penipuan. Kalau anda menemukan website judi
    semacam itu maka lebih baik mencari situs judi yang lainnya.
    Carilah web judi terbaik dengan ciri yang kami sampaikan di atas.

    Setelah menemukannya maka anda wajib daftar terlebih dulu, kemudian sesudah daftar karenanya mesti melaksanakan setor
    dana atau deposit supaya bisa bermain. Sebab tanpa deposit anda pasti tidak akan bisa bermain judi
    joker ini. Dikala telah maka anda dapat mengecek apakah aplikasi sudah bisa digunakan atau belum.

  37. Dikala telah menemukan Bandar terbaik maka unduhlah aplikasi joker tersebut.

    Saat telah anda unduh maka langkah berikutnya yaitu
    meregistrasikan diri anda, proses registrasi ini tak terlalu susah cukup dengan mengikuti arahan dari
    para admin. Apabila sudah maka anda dapat bermain sepuasnya dan dapat mau
    untuk menang.

    Tapi untuk menang perlu sebagian hal yang perlu anda persiapkan, modal banyak dan hanya berani
    bermain tanpa dibekali dengan pengetahuan akan membikin anda rugi.

    Permainan judi ini semestinya berdasarkan analisa yang kuat, sehingga
    anda patut bisa belajar dan ingin menerima kekeliruan yang ada pada saat kekalahan.

  38. For most up-to-date information you have to pay a visit world wide web and on web I found
    this web site as a best web page for most up-to-date updates.

  39. Jika anda sudah mempertimbangkan untuk bermain judi joker123 deposit pulsa karenanya sepatutnya mempunyai aplikasinya.
    Untuk mempunyai aplikasi ini anda harus memilih laman judi
    terbaik dan paling ampuh. Ada sebagian hal yang harus anda lakukan saat dalam
    proses pencarian web judi terbaik dan terpercaya.

    Perkembangan permainan judi memang betul-betul cepat sekali, anda dapat bermain judi
    joker cuma dengan menerapkan telepon pintar termasuk juga
    transaksinya. Permainan ini memang betul-betul menguntungkan bagi para
    pemain yang memenangkan permainan karena akan banyak menerima tawaran hadiah dari situsnya, tetapi
    semestinya memilih situs judi terbaik supaya tak terkena pembohongan.

  40. Ketika telah menemukan Bandar terbaik karenanya unduhlah
    aplikasi joker tersebut. Saat telah anda download
    maka langkah berikutnya yaitu mendaftarkan diri anda, cara kerja pendaftaran ini tidak terlalu susah cukup dengan meniru arahan dari para
    admin. Bila sudah karenanya anda dapat bermain sepuasnya dan dapat berkeinginan untuk menang.

    Melainkan untuk menang perlu sebagian hal yang perlu anda persiapkan, modal banyak dan cuma berani bermain tanpa dibekali dengan pengetahuan akan membuat anda rugi.

    Permainan judi ini sepatutnya menurut analisa yang kuat, sehingga
    anda mesti bisa belajar dan berkeinginan mendapatkan kekeliruan yang ada pada
    ketika kekalahan.

  41. I enjoy looking through a post that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  42. It’s remarkable in favor of me to have a web site,
    which is valuable for my knowledge. thanks admin

  43. Hey there fantastic website! Does running a blog similar to this require a large
    amount of work? I’ve virtually no expertise in coding however I had been hoping
    to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic however I simply needed to ask. Thanks!

  44. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for
    this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day!

    Thx again

  45. Very good blog you have here but I was wondering if you
    knew of any community forums that cover the same
    topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of
    community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable people that share
    the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please
    let me know. Thanks a lot!

  46. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.

    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

  47. It’s very simple to find out any topic on web as compared to books, as
    I found this piece of writing at this site.

  48. What i do not realize is actually how you are not really much more
    neatly-favored than you might be now. You are so intelligent.

    You know thus considerably in relation to this topic, made me
    in my opinion believe it from a lot of varied angles.
    Its like women and men aren’t interested until it’s something to do with Girl gaga!

    Your own stuffs great. All the time handle it up!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here