According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 370 million tablets have been bought by consumers in the U.S. to date. To put that number into perspective, CTA estimates the U.S. household tablet penetration rate – the percentage of households with at least one tablet – has gone from 8% in 2011 to 56% in 2016. Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center’s most recent U.S. Technology Device Ownership report estimated that 45% of U.S. adults owned a tablet as of 2015, up from 13% in 2011. At the same time, the study found plateauing computer ownership, with an estimated 73% of Americans owning a desktop or laptop in 2015, up just two percentage points from 2004. The New York Times reported in August of 2016 that nearly half of all iPads are now bought by corporations and government in the U.S. and tablet usage is also on the rise at schools across the country.
With some tablets selling for as little as $50 and the average life span of a tablet at around five years or less, tablets are also beginning to find their way into the hands of ITAD companies throughout the nation.