Future tablet market will outstrip PCs – and reach 900m people, Forrester says

When unveiling the first iPad in January 2010, Steve Jobs suggested that it would fill a gap between the smartphone and the PC – one that at the time was being taken on by netbooks. “The problem is netbooks aren’t better at anything,” Jobs said at the time. “They’re just cheap laptops. And we don’t think they’re a third category of device.”Now, netbooks are dead, and Forrester Research says that Jobs was right – and that the tablet format has become the “third form” of computing, along with the other two. The tablet, it suggests, has become like a microwave in a kitchen: a mainstay device that people expect access to both at home and work.

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