The only things that are changing are the form factors and the profit margins. That's why HP is pulling out. It knows how to make a $200 profit by selling one CPU; it has no clue how to sell 200 CPUs that earn $1 apiece.
In that spirit, let me be the first to proclaim the tablet era over. Kaput. Finito. It is pushing up daisies, it has joined the choir invisible, it has ceased to be. It is an ex-era.
iPad schmipad -- it's just one of the many devices that will feature touchscreens and software widgets. Heck, Samsung already announced a refrigerator that runs its own apps.
Mark my words: Tablets are dead.
Just like PCs, clocks, and radios.
What else is dead? Post your mortems below or email me: email@example.com.
This article, "This just in: The tablet era is over," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.