2012 saw digital books outsell print books for the first time. A dominant reason for this are tablets such as the Kindle, Android, and iPad. Sales of laptops have declined in the last 18 months and were dismal during the holiday season. Windows notebook sales dropped 11% while Macbook sales were down 6%.
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As tablets become more popular, many are leaving behind the laptop or Netbook in favor of the smaller and lighter tablet. My 17″ laptop weighs about 12 pounds. It doesn’t travel with me anymore. I take my iPad and Bluetooth keyboard. I still need use my laptop for photo editing (non-Instagram stuff at least), but almost everything else can be done on my iPad.
Many business users are traveling without their computers, opting for iPads as well. I like being able to leave my iPad in my bag going through airport security. This is not an option with a laptop (thanks a lot, Bin Laden). Apps are now available that include 48-track recording studios, full video editing, and even AutoCad software for engineers and architects. Those are some LARGE files.
Apple has noticed. On Wednesday they announced the upcoming release of the iPad Retina with 128GB of memory, doubling the largest memory option currently available. That kind of storage rivals the 13″ Macbook Air. Nom-business users will now have twice the storage for music and HD movies.
While I don’t see tablets ever killing off the laptop, this is the kind of thing that will certainly bring the sales of tablets closer to that of laptops. Mobile computing is rapidly changing.
Do you use your laptop or tablet more? Would you use a 128GB on an iPad?