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

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.


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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87 Comments

1. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I think they are useless now

44. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

84. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

59. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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!!@!!

74. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

75. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

61. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 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".

66. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

89. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

2. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

correct: in 5 years tablets will replace laptops

15. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

lol....l u alright bro

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

67. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Mr.Heins, are you sure? :/

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

5 years later, BB10 will be upgraded to BB15! THAT'S ALL!

52. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

23. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

60. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

By then they should be up to BB11!!

51. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

56. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!

64. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

79. Borrells

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

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

5. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Id rather listen to a headless chicken

6. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

...After BB's funeral

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

U MAD BRO?

50. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

55. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Too late.

57. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm not trolling dude, why would you say that? :(

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