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BlackBerry CEO: The Tablet Market Will be Dead in 5 Years

Posted in iPad, News on 30/04/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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In an apparent attempt to make their own failed PlayBook tablet seem less embarrassing, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins recently commented that he believes tablets will be a dead market in just 5 years, noting that they are “not a good business model.”

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From Bloomberg:

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in an interview yesterday at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Just because the BlackBerry PlayBook wasn’t a good model (in fact, an abysmal failure in terms of sales and critical response) doesn’t mean ALL tablets are a failure. I’d love to see Mr. Heins tell Tim Cook to his face that the iPad isn’t a good model.

Nice try, Mr. Heins – but your failure does not equate to a failure of the entire tablet market. But you keep on telling yourself whatever makes you feel better at night.



  • http://twitter.com/franco_0111 Franco Calderón

    Actually, it depends on what is the use of the tablet. For example, a tablet is still too slow and could remain like that when using (Excel) worksheets. It’s too slow when compared to a keyboard and a mouse.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.