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BlackBerry CEO Heins says in five years, tablets will be dead

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BlackBerry CEO Heins says in five years, tablets will be dead
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said in an interview at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles on Monday, that tablets will no longer be needed in 5 years. Despite this comment, Heins is currently mulling over the idea of building a new tablet to replace the aging BlackBerry PlayBook. The odds are against this happening as the executive added that tablets are not a good business model. He believes that soon, tablets will be replaced by a giant screen in the workplace.

"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.-Thorsten Heins, CEO, BlackBerry

The comments come as speculation arises that during the BlackBerry Live conference scheduled for next month in Orlando, Heins will announce his final decision on whether or not to produce a new slate. The current BlackBerry tablet runs the QNX OS which is the predecessor to BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry PlayBook was a mess when launched as it shipped without an email client, and a calendar. But that was a mistake made by past management and the CEO is clearly looking ahead. He sees BlackBerry being the leader in mobile computing in five years.

In another matter, one that we have followed closely, Heins discussed the April 12th announcement by the company, asking securities regulators to investigate reports from Northeastern investment house Detwiller, Fenton. The latter reported that the return rate for the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 was exceeding sales. As we have pointed out on occasion, the investment house has been bearish on BlackBerry 10 dating back to before the introduction of the software last January. "Whatever the motivation is, you have to use the right facts, and that’s what we’re challenging right now,” Heins said, adding that Z10 returns are in line with the industry, and better than previous BlackBerry launches. Heins wants the regulators to investigate whether or not Detwiller Fenton was trying to manipulate BlackBerry's stock with its comments.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:57 8

1. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I think they are useless now

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:46 2

44. Suo.Eno (Posts: 505; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


keyword being "now" but not for long.. I myself have no real use case for any current ARM /x86-64 tablets but I'm rooting for the latter. Bigger variables such as OS + apps + 3rd services' spillover (and I don't mean the cloud) requires time to mature but it's getting there.

Just not fast enough though.

posted on 01 May 2013, 00:25

84. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


The problem with Hein's (or the BB company itself) is they are experts in the business-device-field but they don't have enough experience building devices for the mainstream market. Of course tablets won't be needed in the workplace since it doesn't offer enough productivity but that's exactly the point. Tablets are not made for productivity, it's made to consume multi-media. Tablets (as well as smartphones) will be around until the next big thing comes around, probably when glass-like devices or smartwatches or something like that starts to gain traction.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:28 10

59. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Tablets will never be useless because, as long as the iPhone remains tiny, iPads will always be needed.

He's just bitter that the BlackBerry Playbook failed, miserably iMight add!!@!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:20 3

74. 14545 (Posts: 1605; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


No, actually he seems pretty spot on. He's not saying that phones are dead. On the contrary, he is saying that they are the future, and screens will just be "dumb" screens for our phones. Eventually tech will get to the point that tablets, as a whole, will be useless and die. They will be replaced with "pad" phone type concepts where you just dock your phone into a workstation.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:33 1

75. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That would be kind of cool provided that the hardware were powerful enough. It sounds like we may be getting there, but IDK. I can imagine coming home, putting my phone on the base of a computer (Dumb screen) and having it be the computer. But I can also see HP, Asus, and others having something to say about that.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:39 2

61. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


I agree with Heins. Presently, tablets are useful because they serve as the medium between cell phones and pcs. However, due to their limitations -- unable to fully reproduce the power of a PC (althogh the surface pro comes close) or mobility of a cell phone -- they will slowly be phased out by more portable PCs and/or "phablets".

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:28 2

66. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


what is your definition of a "more portable PC"?

I think he's completely wrong.

I see soooooo many kids everywhere on tablet like devices watching videos and playing games. What's going to replace that? Phones wont because parents aren't going to want the contract overhead for entertainment toys for the kids.

Tablets are here to stay. They are just too versatile for watching media and playing games.

I do agree that in their current state, they are nearly useless for productivity. We need an evolution of the OS to become more powerful and able to work better in a business environment.

The windows tablet tries to bridge this gap and I can see it succeeding. For me, at work, I would LOVE a big tablet I can take off a dock and take to meetings for taking notes, looking things up and.. using.

I see desktops going away almost entirely and the laptop segment shrinking. Tablets will become more powerful and as long as there is a way to dock them in a similar manner to current laptops, then the tablets will TAKE OFF.

posted on 02 May 2013, 02:54

89. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Tablets are "more portable PCs" and have already evolved to being able to do all that your PC can with i-core processors. 5 years from now laptops will be a thing of the past as laptop capable tablets or convertibles will be affordable.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:57 10

2. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


correct: in 5 years tablets will replace laptops

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:13 4

15. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


lol....l u alright bro

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:02 13

33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Correction: In 5 years, RIM/Blackberry will be sunken at the far bottom of the Pacific.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:31 5

67. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Sorry tablets will never replace laptops/desktops. It will for your average consumer but for anyone that actually does anything useful with a powerful machine like encoding a tablet will always be crap compared to a Desktop for home use and a laptop for mobile use.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:57 8

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Mr.Heins, are you sure? :/

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:06 21

10. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i think he meant to say in 5 years BB10 will be dead!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:21 4

19. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


5 years later, BB10 will be upgraded to BB15!

THAT'S ALL!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:08 4

52. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


They are done! They are lucky if they make it through 2014

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:37 3

23. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


If BB lasts 5 more years.......

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:03 2

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You say that like it was actually alive to begin with.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:29 2

60. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


By then they should be up to BB11!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:07 1

51. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Mr Heins...Wow you must have respect for that idiot.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:19 3

56. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm not trying to be mean, but, you're an idiot. Why you called him an idiot ? Just because you hate BB?

Geez......your comment makes no sense at all!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:26 4

64. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


The guy is a complete tool. He cannot even compete in the mobile phone market and he is talking about tablets. We see how much of a success the playbook was.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:11 1

79. Borrells (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


.......lol this guy again......waiting to pounce on all the blackberry articles......^

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:59 1

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4559; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Tablets will be replaced by a big screen in the workplace? Everyone will be expected to share whatever they're doing with everyone else? Not likely.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:59 10

5. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Id rather listen to a headless chicken

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:00 13

6. dangchitrung (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


...After BB's funeral

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:01 6

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


U MAD BRO?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:06 1

50. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


ooh not you ! please don't start trolling :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:16

55. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Too late.

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