“With Apple’s latest quarterly results and research reports showing a slowdown in tablet growth, many are wondering about the future of these devices,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine.
“I believe there is still growth potential for the tablet. The problem is that Apple is the only one driving tablet innovation in a meaningful way. Apple makes nearly 80 percent of the profits in the segment,” Bajarin writes. “With such little revenue to fight for, more OEMs have focused their efforts on the smartphone segment, not the tablet segment. And even if they are doing tablets, they are doing low-end models with very little differentiation. Also, Apple has the curse of quality behind its iPads since many people keep them well beyond what had been the normal two-year refresh cycle. ”
“But I believe we are at the beginning of something new in the tablet market that will hopefully drive growth for these highly mobile computers. I believe we are about to see the great tablet segmentation,” Bajarin writes. “Segmentation opportunities like the Nabi kids tablet, or the Nvidia Shield tablet present the more lucrative opportunities for vendors since competing with Apple appears to be a waste of time.”
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.