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Remember the netbook? If you head to a warehouse club store, you can occasionally still spot them available for sale, but at least one research firm claims the end is nigh for the little notebooks that could(n't).
AllThingsD is reporting that the iPad has effectively neutered any hope of a resurgence in netbooks, the mini-laptops that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once famously claimed weren't "better at anything."
According to new research data rom IHS iSuppli, the netbook may not quite be dead, but its day appears to be coming in 2015. While netbooks reached their peak in 2010 with 32 million units shipped, that number is estimated to plummet to only 3.97 million this year -- a staggering 72 percent drop from the 14.13 million shipped last year.
Not-so coincidentally, 2010 was also the year the iPad was introduced -- and if that alone didn't contribute to the steep decline, the flood of Android-based imitators who soon followed certainly did.
Of course, netbook makers still have 2014 to look forward to, which is expected to drop even further to around 250,000 units shipped before finally sliding off the cliff entirely in 2015.
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(Image courtesy of AllThingsD and IHS iSuppli)