Nearly half of Americans think tablets will replace laptops

Is your IT department currently supporting the iPad or other tablets? If not, it may only be a matter of time, if the average American’s opinion on the future of mobile technology is to be believed. 

Nearly half (46%) of people believe tablet computers like Apple’s iPad will eventually replace laptops, according to a recent survey of 1,155 American adults by research firm Poll Position.

By comparison, just 35% think the laptop will stick around, while 19% had no opinion on the issue.

Interestingly, the younger generation has more faith in the laptop than others, with 36% of respondents age 18-29 believing laptops will be replaced by tablets, compared to 53% of those 30-44 and 52% for the 45-64 set.

Tablets are becoming the device of choice not just for personal use, but apparently for work purposes as well, as a recent report from tech researchers Forrester says corporate IT departments’ spending on iPads will increase rapidly over the next few years.