By Gregg Keizer iPad would grab approximately 30% of the total netbook and slate sales of 9.7 million. John Jacobs, DisplaySearch's director of notebook market research, put the iPad's grab into perspective. "The last quarter of 2007 heralded the birth of the netbook [and] Q1 2010 signaled the birth of the slate PC, and possibly by extension, the beginning of the end of the netbook," he said in a research note posted to the company's site. Apple's iPad has the tablet market to itself at the moment, but Jacobs doesn't think that would last. "Apple has ported their successful iPhone app business model to the iPad, [but] Android-based phones followed in their footsteps and will surely do the same with slates," he said, referring to the wave of Android-based tablets that were launched or previewed two weeks ago at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. "In the second half of the year, as additional slates are launched, the clamshell-style netbook could continue to lose share," Jacobs added in the research note.