Tablets Still in Their Earliest Days
'Tablets Still in Their Earliest Days' The tablet market is only in its earliest days, DeWitt said. "Apple has done what it has done, there have been a lot of great lessons learned-good, bad and otherwise. We know we're at the beginning of a marathon," he said.HP's consumer and business tablet, the TouchPad (announced last February), is being readied for distribution within the next 4-8 weeks. And not a moment too soon for the world's largest IT company (by sales volume)."We're about to launch the TouchPad. We're very excited about that; it's a very elegant and sweet product," DeWitt said. "We will be rapidly maturing our tablet and smartphone market and extending the webOS footprint to our PCs and our printers. "If you roll the clock forward a year or two, and when you think about the volumes that we've moved, we will have hundreds of millions of devices that will be webOS-enabled. That allows us to bring to the developer community a value proposition that's unique in the market." As for Apple's astounding head start in the tablet business, DeWitt said that "we're an industry that leapfrogs constantly. Remember a handful of years ago when minis came out? Everybody was saying that those were the Second Coming." Tablets Fit into 'Human Equation' "The fact of the matter is that tablets fit into the human equation. It's a great device from a form-factor perspective, for consumption on a million different levels. Where developers take this will ultimately define where this category will go. Will they replace PCs? Of course not. But PCs aren't going to replace tablets, either." Tablets have been cannibalizing HP's PCs business to an extent "because we haven't been participating, but when we participate in the tablet market, we certainly anticipate we will take our rightful share for the value we deliver into the market," DeWitt said.