Are iPads dead?

It may seem a little crazy, or at least greatly premature, to pronounce the demise of iPads that have only been in existence a few years. Yet the tech blogosphere is carry pieces that do just that. For example, “Is the iPad Era Already Drawing to a Close?” cites a sobering statistic that makes you wonder. Not only are current iPad sales dropping (down 2.4 million units in the second quarter in 2013), all tablet shipments declined by about 9.7%.

Why? Some believe consumers are waiting for a new iPad release but others peg it on the rise in smartphones that are overtaking niche tablets because of their tablet-like functionality and easy portability.