The anti-Heins: Yankee Group sees the tablet market growing 5X by 2017

The anti-Heins: Yankee Group sees the tablet market growing 5X by 2017
Just the other day, we passed along a comment from BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins about his view of what the tablet market will be like in the future. Now, before you read his forecast, you need to understand that his company has not had much luck in the tablet market. When asked about the future of tablets, Heins said, "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."

Seriously folks, imagine a company like Duncan Donuts not selling any donuts in its stores. That is similar to what BlackBerry did with the BlackBerry PlayBook slate. Here is a company whose phones were known for their intuitive email capabilities and were used all over the world as a business tool. So what can you think when the PlayBook launched sans an email client and a calendar? That blunder was committed by previous management, but it still must have left a bad taste in the current CEO's mouth.

On the other hand, the Yankee Group is wildly bullish on the tablet market. The research and analysis group sees tablet shipments rising from 233 million units this year to 1.094 billion units in 2017. That is a compounded annual growth rate of 36%.

So which opinion do you think will prove to be accurate?

source: YankeeGroup via Forbes



1. longtian

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Have this possibility: tablet pc in some areas to replace the computer in the future.

5. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

can i play crysis 3 ultra settings on tablet ? no ! if the tablet market is growing does'nt mean they are going to replace destop pcs infact tablets can never replace destop pcs

6. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

True. Tablets will be multi-media consumption devices (like what it is now). For really productive work and serious gaming traditional desktops/laptops will still be kings of the hill.

7. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

in Five year's later it should be able to play crysis 3 ultra setting as every year the procesor for phone and Tablet is raising the performance by 30% - 40% yearly.

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

It's true that in 5 years time it's very likely for tablets to reach or even exceed desktop/laptop performance. So for gaming it can be a true alternative by that time. However, it's a different story for work-related tasks. Just for example, say SQL databases. It's used by a lot of companies around the world and these companies spend millions to have SQL as long term investments. It's not something you replace yearly. It's written for x86 and unless a way is found for ARM based chips to be able to manipulate x86 programs x86 will stay.

11. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

They can re write for ARM base chipset, because the ARM is dominant the world chipset today so is just matter of time to have it.

2. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i actually think people misunderstood it..maybe he's trying to say is that those portable tablet since a lot of hybrid PC right now goes up to 20" table tablet!

3. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

I will go with yankee group....

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i dont see the tablet marker going down anytime soon. especially with octa-core 4k displays on the nexus 7 5th revision for $80 in 4 years

8. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

YES Agreed with you ... :) I have PC with core i7 procesor and 16GB RAM and guest what when I play the ultra HD movie? It like I'm watching movie in slow motion. If Samsung or HTC or SONY produce phone or tablet with the snapdaragon 800, how shame will be the PC technology right?

9. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I don't think tablets will go away because Ultimate Performance Users will get a DeskTop PC MidRange Performance Users will get a LapTop PC Minimum Performance Users will get a Tablet PC And then Everyone will get a smartphone/phone I'll take the laptop and tablet

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.