iPad: the next leap in computing world
The sale of Laptops, Netbooks, Desktop PC's has been hit hard after the advent of the Apple iPad tablets.
With the introduction of iPad tablet by Apple Inc., the personal computing world has stepped in a new era. Manufacturers believe the sale of tablets will soon overtake the sale of laptop by the turn of this year.
Now one can see more space being allotted to tablets giving them more display then other computer. Software companies have also felt the pinch of this change, Microsoft Corp. stocks dropped the highest in the past two years. Sale of tablet is even swallowing up the market of netbooks, the so called down sized laptops as people are giving preferences to tablet over netbooks.
19 million tablets were sold in the year 2010, but as per the prediction from market analysts, the sale is likely to reach 50 million tablets in the year 2011. In 2012, the number is projected to hit 100 million. On the other hand PC sales have seen the largest drop in 10 years, falling by 11 percent in the first quarter.
Rafael Barragan, manager of Best Buy store in west Los Angeles, said space devoted for the display of tablets has been increased four times, from 4 to 16 feet, that’s nearly three times the amount of space allotted for desktop computers.
The main beneficiary from this change of display space is Apple, which has reported $12.4 billion in sales.
Despite the comfort this touch screen device provides to the users, still many computer users have an inclination towards using laptop’s physical keyboard for writing. Secondly tablets can’t burn CD’s or DVD’s, don't have large memory space to store music or photos or play graphic-intensive video games.
Tablets with their lack of keyboard and limited amount of screen size are still not preferred by people who have to do a great deal of writing or creative work.