AT&T Inc.â€™s emerging devices president, who oversees the carrierâ€™s relationship with Apple Inc., said tablet computers costing as much as $1,000 might soon make many laptops obsolete.
â€śYouâ€™re going to see those 10-inch pieces of glass become full-on computers,â€ť Glenn Lurie said in an interview this month in Atlanta. He said he expects there to be a variety of tablet computers costing $300 to $1,000 in the next five years. The Apple iPad ranges in price from $499 to $829.
AT&T may draw more revenue by compelling new and existing customers to buy tablet computers that will complement their smartphones. The carrier is the exclusive data-service provider for the iPad, which has sold more than 3 million units since its April 3 introduction.
Sales of tablet devices probably will grow to 23 percent of the U.S. computer market by 2015, from about 6 percent this year and less than 1 percent in 2009, said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
â€śStarting in 2012, tablets will outsell netbooks, and by 2014, more consumers will use tablets than will use netbooks,â€ť Epps, referring to the smaller, less powerful laptop-style computers, said in a report this month.
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August 26, 2010 at 8:51 am | News