BlackBerry CEO says iPad and tablets will die in 5 years? Say what?


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Nevermind that tablet sales are predicted to increase by 69.8 percent this year over last year, and forget that the iPad has been one of Apple's most popular products in 2013.

Blackberry Chief Thorsten Heins predicts that, "In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore" This statement comes today via an interview with Bloomberg. Heins cites, "“Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such,” as his reasoning for the possible death of tablets.

What's interesting is that BlackBerry entered into the tablet market it 2010 with the PlayBook tablet, and after poor sales and a $485 million dollar chunk out of their fiscal year, decided not to continue with the tablet.

Heins claims that tablets aren't a good business assertion that probably holds true for BlackBerry, but hardly a worthy prediction for one of the the fastest growing segments in the PC market. In fact, tablet sales are predicted to be almost double that of PCs sold in 2017.

Anybody else find it troubling that a tech CEO is basing his company's future on more of a gut feeling than, say, research and statistics?
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