BlackBerry CEO Heins Predicts Death Of Tablets in Five Years

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is making some bold claims, stating yesterday that he believes that tablets will be obsolete in five years. According to Bloomberg, Heins claimed,

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Tablets not a good business model? I don’t know Mr. Heins, Apple begs to differ. Apple sold 19.5 million units last quarter which generated them $8.8 billion in revenue. Hein’s statement clearly comes from BlackBerry’s foray into the tablet market with its Playbook, which turned out to be an abysmal move for the company. The seven-inch tablet did so horribly, in fact, that Mr.Heins claims that BlackBerry will not be bringing a newer Playbook to the market.

Heins prophesied on smartphones being the core of the computing experience in the future in lieu of desktops and laptops. Heins envisions smartphones being attached (via a dock, most likely) to peripherals such as TVs, monitors and keyboards.

“This is your personal computing power. Think about what you can do with that. How many personal computing devices do you carry? Why not unify this to one device that executes all your computing needs?”

Whether or not Heins’ predictions will come true remain to be seen, but seem pretty far-fetched considering the current state of affairs, with most people owning multiple devices with varying states of processing power and size. Things could change quickly however, as the smartphones in our pockets become increasingly more and more powerful.

What do you think of Hein’s predictions? Will laptops and PCs go the way of the dinosaur or will we continue to own multiple devices? This is, after all, the guy who thought Alicia Keys would be a great creative director.

[Via: Business Insider]

BlackBerry CEO Heins Predicts Death Of Tablets in Five Years originally appeared on on 2013-04-30T18:27:37Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j

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