IPad Killing Printer Use, Paper Sales [Survey]


Printer use and paper sales have both dropped since the iPad launched

If you think about it, printers are probably the worst-designed gadgets in our homes (unless you own the same awful Samsung Behold as I do). But despite the mythical advance of the paperless office, nobody has been able to kill them off. Until now. A new survey says that the iPad has finally doomed the printer, and is even saving trees.

The survey [PDF], conducted by Morgan Stanley Research and named “Tablet Demand and Disruption,” shows that as tablet adoption in business has grown, so the use of paper and printers has dropped. And for tablets here we can read “iPad,” as nothing else is really selling in significant numbers.

Morgan Stanley surveyed 700 tablet users in the U.S and found that 46 percent of them had reduced their printer use. It makes total sense. Even the Lady, a die-hard paper user, took her iPad to some official place or other last month to have them scan a barcode straight from the screen.

And it’s not just the manufacturers of junky, overpriced printers that are in trouble. According top the same survey, paper shipments have dropped 9 percent since the iPad launched. This is correlational rather than causal, but a startling number nonetheless.

As somebody who tossed out his printer years ago, this makes me very happy. That’s not to say the iPad is an environmental savior. After all, it takes a lot more resources to make a tablet than a ream of paper, but then again, if you already have the iPad, every saving comes on top of that. Now, if European airlines would just let me use my iPad instead of a boarding pass, I could finally go paper free (except in the bathroom, of course).

[Via Apple Insider]

  • ddevito

    that’s because it’s difficult to print from the ipad. 

  • Porkbamboo

    You could always wipe your ass with the iPad.  What’s stopping you?

  • MacAdvisor

    Saving trees by saving paper is a silly enterprise. The trees that are made into paper are not old growth forest trees or rare trees from the Amazon rain forest, but trees grown as crops created specifically to become paper. In fact, the trees help remove carbon, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere. Paper is a carbon sink.

  • FriarNurgle

    Dwight Schrute does not approve

  • WVMikeP

    There’s another benefit to reduced paper consumption.  For a clue on what it is, position yourself downwind from a paper mill.

    Breathe.  Deeply.

  • MacAdvisor

    “It is a common misconception that paper mills are sources of odors.” Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P

  • MacAdvisor

    I tried to post a line from Wikipedia indicating the misconception that paper mills produce odors, but, for some reason, that reply was flagged for review. My experience with reviews is they never happen. Thus, this post. I apologize in advance if the other post makes.

    Most modern paper mills use high pressure techniques that do not result in odors.

  • WVMikeP

    I went to college in a town with a Hammermill paper mill. It smelled BAD.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Trees are a carbon sink. Not sure about paper…there is processing required to turn a forest into paper. Logging, transportation, milling, pulping, making paper, packaging it, and shipping to the office. Carbon is being released in the process. I’m guessing logging trucks aren’t solar powered.

    Without numbers I can’t tell if there is a net sink or release though.

  • MacAdvisor

    As I understand, the process is a net sink, as, other than transportation, the process is mostly chemical/biological, as opposed to energy intensive. However, the only papers I can find to back that up are from International Paper, which even I think of as a biased source. 

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    Most Paper Mills aren’t Modern. That’s the problem.  Go to Eureka, CA.  It still smells horrid.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    also both the Paper Mill and the iPad factory are receiving their Electricity from Coal Fired Power plants.

  • Zeek Seseika


  • It's all Obama's Fault

    Cornwall, Ontario.  The town reeks because of the paper mills.

  • tristanp

    Looks like Michael Scott got out of the business at the perfect time.