Jean Philippe Bouchard, a research director at IDC who's focused on tablets, points to the 2010 Dell Streak, one of the earliest so-called phablets, or phone-tablet hybrids. Consumers and critics panned the Streak for its (then) ridiculously large 5-inch screen. Dell stopped selling it 13 months after release. "At the time, everyone -- me included -- were all laughing about this product," Bouchard said. "When you look now, the 5-inch is the norm for smartphones."Larger phablets, such as Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus and the devices in Samsung's Galaxy Note line, have become standard. And mobile software from companies like Microsoft, such as its Word document-editing application, have been tailored to work across devices as business users shift work between screens. Samsung has even managed to re-energize the smartphone stylus as a must-have productivity tool.
These phablets have eaten into the market for standalone 7- and 8-inch tablets, like the 7.9-inch iPad Mini, When your phone is only an inch or two shy, what's the point, Bouchard points out, "In the past 9 to 12 months, the impact of phablets on 7-inch tablets was just phenomenal," he said, "The screen size is so similar."Phablets haven't eroded demand for larger 10-inch tablets, but atrium case for apple iphone xr - sunset those larger devices have their own hurdle: getting tablet owners to upgrade to newer versions, And then there's the issue of how tablets have traditionally been sold, For starters, they're expensive, An Apple iPad Air 2, with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, but only 16GB of storage, costs $629, Boosting storage to 64GB will set you back $729, People who own tablets are just fine using the same one for four, five or even six years..
"The 2-in-1 [consumer] is buying at a faster rate than a traditional notebook buyer -- 8 to 12 months faster," said Navin Shenoy, Intel's corporate vice president and general manager of mobility platforms. Intel's data shows that half the customers who didn't buy a 2-in-1 would have opted for a standalone tablet instead. That split says computer users are moving away from expensive laptops. "In my opinion, it's a no-brainer to go with that 2-in-1," Bouchard said. Now tablet makers risk the same fate.
"We're just now reaching a point where that install base for tablets is up for refresh, and the jury is still out on whether people will refresh those atrium case for apple iphone xr - sunset devices," Shenoy said, "There is tension."Rumors are swirling that Apple this fall will introduce an even larger premium iPad, dubbed the iPad Pro, with a nearly 13-inch screen, That would pit the Pro directly against 2-in-1s and standard laptops, Apple has already introduced features in its annual software update, called iOS 9, that will let its larger screen devices perform some of the heavy lifting of laptops, like running two apps side-by-side, The new version is scheduled for release sometime next month..
Apple declined to comment for this story. In the company's latest earnings call, in July, Cook said he was "still bullish on the iPad" and that the device's "upgrade cycle will eventually occur."Tablets won't simply fall off the face of the Earth, Shenoy points out. At Intel, he said, there are clear markets where tablets will continue to grow -- in stores and on the factory floor, for instance. But the pressure is on tablet makers to figure out what value, if any, tablets will deliver, and whether they can afford to ignore the 2-in-1 market.
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