More bad news for tablets in general.
The money quote:
According to TrendForce, the novelty of tablets has worn off. Prices have bottomed out, and this time around, low-cost notebooks are stealing away tablet market share instead of it being the other way around. As a result, branded tablet shipments are expected to decline 1.8 percent year-over-year to 153 million units in 2014, while notebook shipments will increase 1 percent year-over-year to 171 million units.
"Time has shown that notebooks are irreplaceable," said Caroline Chen, a notebook PC analyst with TrendForce. "They offer larger screens than tablets as well as a keyboard and mouse, which are all important for those who use their computers primarily for work reasons. Tablets remain limited to Internet browsing and entertainment functions."
Just as we always predicted. Heh -- they could have saved themselves a ton of embarrassment and bad PR just by reading this thread instead of doubling down on a bad strategy.
People are discovering that they need something more substantial than a tablet, and they need it because they want to get serious work done. Maybe humanity is not doomed, after all. At least for this reason...