That consumption curve isn't necessarily going to last, but a new study suggests media tablets will remain hot commodities in the years ahead.
The IDC study suggests the 7.6 million units in play this year will grow to more than 46 million by 2014 in the U.S. Compounded that's more than 57% annual growth.
They will move to nice-to-have devices to essential consumer products, the bullish study indicates.
A key will be development of applications unique to tablets to differentiate them from smartphones and PCs. The implications for the news business are significant as that market grows.