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Netbooks were just a transition device to the post-PC era. In retrospect, Apple's iPad was the meteor that forced Netbooks into extinction.
Microsoft's Surface RT sales weren't big, at least not initially, according to the market research firm.
A bigger screen and LTE capability will drive the iPhone 5 to record sales, says a marker researcher.
A teardown of the tablet finds the device to look a lot like Amazon's Kindle Fire. The profit margin seems mighty slim, so the next question is: How many can Google sell?
IHS-iSuppli analyst Wayne Lam says Apple has a pretty sizable lead in the tablet market that will persist for the foreseeable future.
The iPad is the most highly recommended tablet by owners, among a group of 11 tablets surveyed, said market researcher IHS iSuppli.
Reporting a slight decline in first-quarter PC shipments compared with last year, IHS iSuppli believes the iPad and other tablets have cut into PC sales, hitting Netbooks more than larger laptops.
Pointing to manufacturing problems that led to an undersupply of the new Apple tablet, the research firm has cut its estimate for iPad 2 shipments for this year.
With higher inventories and slower demand for some consumer electronics, the research firm now expects semiconductor industry sales to rise 32 percent, down from its prior forecast of 35.1 percent.
The Apple iPad and like devices signal profound changes for companies that design and manufacture computers, says market researcher iSuppli.