Only a few short years ago, the iPad was being bandied about in the collective imaginations of Apple's creative studios. It would have been impossible to predict the insatiable appetite with which the world embraced this technology. Indeed, Apple built the iPad and the tablet industry from nothing.
When introduced to the market, it seemed like an unnecessary extravagance. Bought on a whim, it felt like a toy. Naysayers are still predicting the tablet's downfall, labelling it as a flash in the pan fad. But the figures tell a very different story.
According to some sources, last year, the number of worldwide tablet users topped one billion.
The iPad has spurned many imitations, and for good reason - as the numbers can attest, it's a veritable cash cow. Indeed, it has even mimicked itself, with Apple's release of the iPad Mini, iPad Air, and most recently, the iPad Pro. This expansion of the tablet industry has occurred in only five years. The general public seems hell bent on purchasing not just the latest and greatest model, but also the design that appeals to their personal specifications.
Nowadays, the tablet is just one of the screens that have become a constant feature of modern living, but it's a screen that all demographics have grown to love. Whether the tablet's success can be attributed to the convenience it offers, or environmental factors - like the change in the way that we now consume media - the iPad is always reinventing itself.
So, will the boom be able to last? There are three factors which suggest that the answer is yes.
1. Firstly, our decisions are frequently dictated by price. No longer an indulgence, the functionality offered by a tablet makes it extremely affordable when compared to a laptop or desktop computer. As its permanency is entrenched, designs now mandate iPad responsiveness, and the ability to integrate software and apps.
2. A tablet will always be more accessible. It weighs less, and it takes up less room, so its nomadic properties will ensure its relevancy.
3. Finally, as a direct correlation to it's popularity, we will unequivocally be delivered a continually evolving and improved product.
So, while the tablet's life has been relatively short, the same cannot be said for it's lifespan.