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All posts tagged "tablets"


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Notebook Market Stagnating - Except for Apple

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:30 PM

http://www.splatf.com/2011/07/notebooks-apple/

"The iPad has hit the notebook PC market hard. A market that was growing 20% to 40% year-over-year per quarter just a couple of years ago is now basically flat."

These statistics show that notebook growth (or at least units shipped) has been declining since early 2010. Adding-in Apple's shipments for a few quarters shows that they are bucking the downward trend. Are tablets really causing notebook sales to crash? It would seem so. Except for Apple, even though five quarters of data is not overly significant. I would like to see a companion chart showing sales in units, not percentage, as reporting a large percentage growth, but a small number of units sold, is less significant. It would be interesting to see the comparable desktop statistics starting in 2008.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Competitors Don't Understand How to Beat the iPad

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.businessinsider.com/want...eat-ipad-2011-4

"When unveiled in 2010, Apple didn't know why iPad would be a major hit.* After spending most of the keynote explaining some of iPad's basic features, such as email, reading books, and surfing the web, Apple left the fundamental question of why iPad would become popular to the marketplace to answer.

*I didn’t write “if iPad would be a major hit”, but instead, “why iPad would be a major hit.” Apple has a history of releasing major products only after it knows it is worthy of becoming a hit."

Why? Apple has transferred innovation to the user. Apple offers initial satisfaction, followed by continuing satisfaction and enjoyment. Competitors don't really understand why people are buying iPads. Walk into any Apple Store (or Best Buy) and look at faces as people play with iPads. Electronic crack. The bottom line is that the author feels that they are winning on emotion (winning hearts and minds), taking cost out of the equation. His feeling is that the only way that competitors can be successful is either by making a low-price commodity item (does this mean a throw-away tablet?) or by out-innovating Apple. With Apple having a stranglehold on the components market, competition on price alone will continue to be difficult, so that leaves beating Apple at introducing new features or even developing something completely different (Monty Python, anyone?). With nearly 20 million iPads sold, I wonder how many of the niche players will simply drop out of the competition.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Consumer Reports: iPad 2 Leads, Xoom Second

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.hardmac.com/news/2011/04...ehind-the-ipad2

"The very powerful Consumers Union tested the "10 most-promising tablet computers" and published an article in its magazine, Consumer Reports. Subscribers can read the full report on their website, consumerreports.org and a summary is available in this press release."

A somewhat muddled story that was (machine?) translated from French to English states that in head-to-head testing (17 tests) of 10 tablets by Consumer Reports, the iPad leads, followed closely by the Motorola Xoom. Their conclusions: price is directly linked to tablet quality, and that ease of use and the ability to upgrade and trump pure specifications. The big winner was the 32GB iPad 2 with WiFi and 3G.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

iPads and Tablets May Be Killing Consumer PC Sales

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...ed-by-the-ipad/

"A new analyst report suggests that tablet makers will have a very hard time keeping pace with Apple's iPad 2 moving into 2012."

According to an analyst from the Deutsche Bank, 45 million tablets will be sold in 2011, and 35 million will be iPads. The total expected to be in use by 2012 is about 70 million. His prediction is that the iPad will maintain a 70% market share, unless the competition beats Apple on price -and- offers a superior user experience. Accordingly, his prediction for PC growth has been lowered from nine percent growth down to four percent, and he opines that about one in three tablet purchases are a notebook replacement. Finally, he believes that corporate PC sales remains strong, and that tablets aren't killing PC sales in the business world. How many of you have replaced (rather than supplemented or complemented) a desktop or notebook with a tablet?


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tablets: Head-to-Head With the iPad 2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 12:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/...berry-playbook/

"You might recall we ran this comparison about a month back when HP's TouchPad was announced, but now we're back with a full set of 2011 devices as Apple's brand new iPad 2 has joined the fray."

By now, many of the questions about the iPad 2 have been answered (except memory), and the head-to-head comparisons have some real data to allow you, the reader, to decide who will be legitimate challengers to the original iPad. Funny, but I like certain features from each of these tablets, but I can't afford all four (when they finally are able to be purchased). For me, the iPad is a known quantity, and has only gotten better, but I'm still fascinated by the competition, especially the PlayBook, with QNX, and its smaller form factor. I think that I might like something that fits in a (large) pocket, but has a bigger screen than my iPhone.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Apple Now Number One Mobile PC Maker

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...me_1_mobile.php

"2010 was a breakout year for Apple's iPad. When it first came out, we dared to question it, but one year later the device is undoubtedly a success. Today, statistics from DisplaySearch show that the iPad was not only a success, but also propelled Apple to the top of the list of mobile PC makers."

10.2 million units shipped by Apple in Q4 2010. These numbers include laptops and iPads, but not mobile phones. Competition is arriving on the scene, but Apple has a pretty impressive lead. This percentage is, of course, certainly bolstered by iPad sales, but according to the story, notebook shipments "widely exceed the industry average growth rate" as well. I'm looking forward to what Apple has in store over the next few months to try to keep the competition in check.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Commentary on the Competition from Infinite Loop

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/apple-ear...l#axzz12l0mrov1

"The first 15 minutes of Apple's earnings call today were not all that surprising, although the numbers were impressive. Quarterly revenue at the end of the company's fiscal year (late September) was $20.34 billion, making this the company's biggest quarter ever. This exceeded analyst expectations and predictions, so big score for Apple. Then things got really interesting when Steve Jobs got on the call and started ripping his competitors a new one."

Let's see, biggest quarter ever, yet, there's still plenty of time to bash the competition, rather than graciously bask in the glow of spectacular financial results (Thank you consumers, you've voted with your wallets! ). I don't quite understand what benefit is derived from publicly pointing out the obvious - see! we sold more stuff than you sold. And, despite the fact that the competition in the tablet space doesn't have real products shipping in meaningful number yet (at least here in the US), we're told that they'll be inferior, and that the small size will be a disadvantage unless fingers can be made smaller. I read that, and thought, gee, I'd better get rid of my iPhone then, because I don't have sandpaper to make my fingers smaller. I love Apple products, because, as Steve J points out,"they just work," but I'm not real happy with the whole "cult of personality" that seems to be developing and causing bad feelings in the industry. All the sniping between CEOs is getting old! Just build the products and let the consumers decide.


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