It is interesting to see the decline of Apple’s iPad business. Total worldwide tablet shipment has also fallen significantly last year. In the first quarter of 2016, only 52.9 million tablets were shipped worldwide. That is down more than 20% compared to the same period in 2015.
Is this the end of tablets? I am not so sure. I think the replacement cycle of tablets may just be longer than most people expect. My 3 year old Nexus tablet from Asus still runs well, though I decided to upgrade to an iPad Air a couple of months ago. Would I upgrade to a two-in-one hybrid notebook with touchscreen? I doubt so, I am still very much a laptop and tablet user. I develop web sites and do all my accounting work on laptops and use my tablet for web browsing, casual gaming and occasionally for streaming video. Would I embrace a two-in-one for both types of work? At this time, I don’t think so. Time will tell if the two-in-ones will become mainstream 🙂