Let’s not panic as there are no actual statistics behind this statement. But IHS iSuppli analyst Mark Boyadjis says that by next year or early in 2013, tablet PCs should start having an impact on the rear seat entertainment market.
From aftermarket suppliers, he expects to see headrests offered with a built in slot for a tablet plus some additional electronics and hardware to accommodate them.
We expect that will happen eventually, but we point out that the 7-inch tablet, which is most suited to swap out for a headrest monitor, isn’t quite setting sales records at the moment.
The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook and 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, two of the star tablets in that screen size are not setting sales records. Last week RIM announced it shipped about 500,000 PlayBooks since launch 3 months ago. And Samsung said it shipped one million 7-inch Tabs globally but there is much suspicion that Samsung didn’t get the sell-through to consumers in the U.S. that it hoped for.
Apple meanwhile has sold 25 million iPads in the 9.7-inch format, but that size is a bit wonky for the car. CEO Steve Jobs went on a rant last October about the inferiority of the smallish 7-inch screen size and said don’t expect a 7-inch iPad any time soon.
Soooo, we’re just sayin, that the 7-inch tablet in the car may not happen overnight, unless we see smaller iPad from Apple.
We’ve quoted Kenwood’s Keith Lehmann in the past saying that he hopes the aftermarket develops kits which include a professional installation component for these devices. So do we.
Source: IHS iSuppli