Research has shown the purchasing habits of tablet users has significantly slower turnover than that of smartphones.
As new software updates lead to rapid smartphone turnover — most devices like the iPhone relying on a baseline two-year replacement cycle — tablets seem have a longer lifespan. Or at least consumers are holding out longer to replace them. Further, tablets aren’t thought of as being compatible with a subsidy model like their smaller smartphone counterparts, meaning consumers have to pay a larger sum upfront for new ones.
For Apple specifically, the longer replacement cycle of tablets leaves it vulnerable to less expensive devices, like Android devices, that provide sufficient functionality and efficiency for consumers who don’t need the iPad’s premium status.
If growth is limited for Apple, then by extension it may also be limited for the tablet industry overall. What seems clear is that the iPad isn’t going to replace the iPhone as the key driver of Apple’s earnings anytime soon.
The surge in the tablet market marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about computer devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.
Emerging markets are a big area for growth for all tablet manufacturers, and not unlike with smartphones, Android devices are beginning to gain momentum over Apple due to their lower price points. According to research firm Gartner, Android has taken a controlling share of tablet operating systems as of the end of 2013.
Although tablet turnover is not as rapid as smartphones, the flood gates are opening for electronics recyclers to incorporate mobile asset disposition practices into their everyday activities. We’ve only just begun to tap into the infinite possibilities of mobile innovation, which is why mobile asset disposition is so necessary for tiny devices with big data. ITAD vendors need to be aware of the implications that come with improper disposal of mobile devices, such as e-waste and data security threats. Not to mention the solutions, buyback programs and proper data erasure. Mobility is rapidly progressing and shows no signs of slowing.
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