Will iPad Soon be iHad

Many articles speculate that the iconic tablet, the iPad may soon be the iHad as users depend more on smartphones.

According to an Time tablet sales in Time magazine online, tablet sales are decreasing, year over year.  It isn’t just iPad sales that are declining.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet fell 70% in the 4th quarter of 2014.  Apple’s iPads and Samsung tablets both dropped 18% in 4th quarter comparisons to 2013.

There seem to be a few reasons for this drop.  People are holding onto their tablets longer, smartphones are replacing tablets as the hot device, and an article in TechRepublic suggests that regular keyboards are preferred. While some tablets have an external keyboard, it means carrying another device.  With similar prices, why not stick with a laptop?

Are tablets falling out of favor? A survey from ecoATM found nearly one in 10 tablet owners are no longer using their device (PRNewsFoto/ecoATM)

Are tablets falling out of favor? A survey from ecoATM found nearly one in 10 tablet owners are no longer using their device (PRNewsFoto/ecoATM)

 

An article in TechCrunch last month indicates that tablet sales have plateaued.  The market is fairy saturated it suggests.

There is an upside.  Employees are increasingly using tablets to supplement or in addition to workplace computers.  No article attempted to predict the future of tablet sales, but certainly the luster is lost, barring a radical change.