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Apple is the king of the tablet market with its iPad standing head and shoulders above every other tablet currently on sale. This is hardly surprising as this is how things have been ever since the iPad was launched back in 2010. However, if you still need proof of just how dominating the iPad is, here are some figures released by ad agency Chitika.
The iPad with 70 percent of the tablet market commands an impressive 91 percent (91.07 to be precise) of media tablet web traffic. The figures have been drawn on the basis of the millions of impressions that its own mobile advertising network registered during the period June 4th till June 10th, 2012. In fact, so high is the volume of traffic coming from the iPad that none of its competitors could come up with even 2 impressions per device compared to a 100 impressions from the Apple tablet. However, traffic from iPad is still about 3.5 percent lower than the 94.64 percent it had managed in early May.
In another interesting revelation, data released by the ad network firm revealed the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet has made it past the Kindle Fire that has been the toast of the last holiday season. The overall second slot belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with 1.94 percent of the web traffic. Nook, at the 6th spot generates 0.85 percent of web traffic, past Kindle Fire whose share stands at 0.71 percent.
However, the figures are expected to even out in the coming months with competition getting better with each day. The emergence of Windows 8 will also open up a third dimension in the tablet industry that until now has been largely dominated by the Apple iOS and Google’s Android based devices.
“Even though [Apple] still remain dominant, the disparity is not the same as it used to be, and we believe the tablet market will follow a similar trend,” the company added referring to the way the smartphone industry has shape up. Apple iPhones used to be the dominating player here though a number of devices running Android have made steady inroads into Apple market share in the past several months.
When Steve Jobs had ruled out a 7 inch sized iPad, there were plenty of tablets in the 7 inch segment. Though none had gone on to make sales history compared to the iPad. After Amazon’s Kindle Fire became so popular, however, Apple has been prompted to re-think its stand so far as a 7 inch iPad is concerned. The idea of a smaller iPad with a 7 inch display has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, and it appears that it might become a reality after all. Experts are guessing it could reach markets by October.
While this is welcome news, the biggest surprise with the smaller iPad is that it is still expected to come with the retina display, which happens to be the biggest USP of the new iPad 3. What this means is that with 2048 x 1536 pixels crammed into a 7 inch frame, a pixel density of around 326 ppi will endow the new iPad with almost the same clarity as the iPhone 4S. That said, the best thing with the new iPad could still be its price, which is likely to be around the $200 – $250 mark.
Apple’s intentions are extremely clear, it simply does not want any room for its competitors and the above mentioned price point is vital for that strategy. Lately there have been a lot of tablet or e-reader/tablet hybrids entering that price bracket. These include the B&N Nook Color, Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox, and many others. These devices settled down around the $200 price bracket, allowing Apple and others the premium segment. Now with Apple seemingly readying a 7 inch iPad, the budget tablet segment could become non-existent the way all other MP3 players went extinct after the advent of the iPod.
Sources with imore also claim everything else with the new iPad will be just the same as the 9.7 inch version, which means Apple might have a killer device up its sleeve. Bad news for all other tablets.
Tablet sales has already been experiencing a steady growth each year round though it seems there are still a lot of room for further improvement. In reality tablets have yet to make a credible dent at the enterprise segment, so that what seems evident is that the next major push at tablet sales is expected to come from the enterprise business users.
“We are seeing rapid adoption of tablets across a lot of highly regulated sectors – from public utilities to financial services, banking and healthcare,” said Dimitri Volkmann, vice president for products and markets at Good Technology.
To put that in numbers, of the 119 million tablets that is likely to be sold in 2012, about 10 percent of the demand is expected to come from the business segment alone.
As Dimitri Volkmann, vice president for products and markets at Good Technology puts it, “We are seeing rapid adoption of tablets across a lot of highly regulated sectors – from public utilities to financial services, banking and healthcare.”
All of this should clearly be a great piece of news for Apple which has been ruling the roost of the tablet segment with its iPad. In fact, the iPad singlehandedly crafted the entire tablet segment when none existed. As such, what can be said with a fair degree of surety is that we are on the verge of seeing a huge influx of tablet devices in the business segment; and that the majority of them will be the Apple iPad.
However, while Apple along with Android is all set to reap the benefits of increased demand for tablet devices in the work place, experts however aren’t too optimistic with Microsoft and its high stakes take on the tablet segment with the Windows 8 platform.
A lot of companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, to name a few, have already expressed their intentions to build a Windows 8 based tablet device. Handset maker Nokia too has made known their their intentions of coming up with a tablet running Windows 8, which is understandable considering their new found love for Microsoft and their Windows platform.
Research in Motions that has traditionally been known for their enterprise friendly solutions is another company that might not have the going too easy with their PlayBook tablet devices in the enterprise segment. The reason being that both Microsoft and RIM are entering the segment fairly late by which time market leader Apple has entrenched themselves too well with a well structured app eco-system.
Having said that, what also has to be said in the same vein is that its too early to write off both Microsoft and RIM. Both are seasoned player but are faced with a transitional phase in the personal computing segment where tablet like device have suddenly shot to stardom. The tablet growth story has been phenomenal with Apple being the dominant force so far. Google’s Android is another player that has been serving the anti Apple camp so far though apart from the Kindle Fire, there has been no single tablet success story so far. What this means is that both RIM and Microsoft has to play their cards too well to ensure they survive in the so called ‘post PC’ world.
The results from a survey carried out by ChangeWave Research covering iPad users and their experience reveals a whopping 82 percent being very satisfied with the latest Apple tablet, while 16 percent indicated their experience to be “somewhat satisfied.” The target group selected by the firm for their survey comprised of users who have adopted the iPad in its early stages of availability. A similar survey carried out for the iPad 2 to judge people’s expectation had revealed 74 percent voting for confidence in the tablet and 23 percent unsure.
The main reason for the popularity of the new iPad as per the survey is the retina display technology. With 2048 x 1536 pixels packed into the same 9.7 inch display, this translates to 3.1 million pixels coming together to render super crisp images. The pixel strength is 4 times that found on the iPad 2, which has been setting the standard until just a month ago. No other tablet maker has announced plans of a tablet with that high of a pixel density. That said, the retina display feature has one big drawback, so to say. The low resolution content on the web would be magnified in this case and the end result isn’t as impressive.
Coming to the other aspects that have made the iPad 3 so popular include its battery life (22% of users liked) and LTE feature (21%). Another noticeable aspect of the new iPad 3 is its enhanced processing capability, which has found favor with 20 percent of users.
However, the new iPad 3 isn’t just about popularity, as its sales figures might suggest. There have been some negative comments also registered. Among the main complaints with the Apple tablet is its price, with 26 percent of the total number surveyed complaining the price is a bit too high. Similarly, a not so pocket friendly wireless data plan is what 23 percent people also cited as reason for not liking the device. Another 10 percent of people cited reasons like weight, dimension, and storage capacity as drawbacks of the device. Finally, the new iPad generates too much heat for 7 percent of those surveyed.
In the end, what also needs to be said is that the actual number of people who had been part of the survey study group is just 200. This is a very small number of iPad 3 users considering 3 million + have bought the device. As such, the survey might not be a complete indication of the device, though it does provide us with an estimate of customer satisfaction.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Exclusive Video Comparison! Today we check out the Kindle Reading experience on the first generation iPad and the new Apple iPad! We check out features and what you can expect out of both models.
Apple just announced the new iPad HD at a press conference in San Francisco today! This is CEO Tim Cook’s second big product launch and the company has a ton riding on the latest iteration of the iPad.
The iPad HD will feature a 9.7 inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,048 X 1,536. Underneath the hood lurks their new Apple A5X processor and quad core graphics. Apple is claiming that their new ship delivers better graphics and processing time then Nvidia Tegra 3. The camera has also been upgraded with the rear facing edition shooting a solid 5 MP. Pictures should appear crisper with 1080P video capture with built in stabilization. Apple is even tagging the new camera with the name iSight.
Siri is not making an appearance with this new device much to my chagrin but the new iPad does feature Voice Dictation that supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.
What about speed and internet? The big new facet of this device is the 4G LTE that will be compatible with AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Telus and Bell Mobility! They also announced that it has world ready 3G speeds and a personal hotspot. The addition of 4G LTE is a boon for the company but not for wireless carriers. Expect many companies to be completely overwhelmed within the next month has millions of new people are watching 1080P movies.
The new iPad will look almost exactly like the earlier models, at 9.4mm thick and 1.5 pounds in weight. It will also come at the same price as the earlier models: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The wireless models will cost $629, $729, and $829. All models will be on sale Fri., March 16! Make sure to reserve it a day in advance if you buy it from an Apple Store due to Stock Demands.
Microsoft’s Office application for the iPad has been in the making for quite some time now, though it seems ready for a release soon. An image of an iPad tablet running the popular MS Office application was leaked online with the application design resembling that of the Metro Style that is being developed for Windows 8. Also, the app includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint icons, though Microsoft’s other extremely popular Office software Outlook has been kept out of the iPad application.
With the application seemingly ready for submission with Apple, it could still be a few weeks before it gets Apple’s approval.
Apple and Amazon are the two biggest players in the tablet and e-book reader segment respectively, though it’s the iPad that might just have edged past the Kindle as far as the product’s age and resale worth is concerned. A recent research report suggests that the iPad has more value then Kindle products.
So what type of value do these devices hold? The Apple iPad will lose just half its initial cost a year after purchase while the Kindle loses up to 75% of its value during the same time. Similarly, the Kindle e-readers continue to lose their sheen in the re-sale market faster than the iPad. The Kindle 3 or “Keyboard” is known to be selling on Craigslist and Ebay for only $16. Compare this to the $139 that Amazon is selling the same for via its retail site. All of that translates to a 22% faster depreciation rate for the Kindle compared to the Apple iPad.
“Kindle’s frequent price drops combined with multiple models now available heavily contribute to its reduced Gazelle value,” said an executive with electronics reseller Gazelle, Anthony Scarsella. “Similar to what you see in Andriod phones (lots of model updates and frequent price drop) compared to iPhone (few models, stable pricing), the iPhone holds about 60% of its value one year after launch while even the best Androids only hold about 40%.”
Apple is in the process of launching a whole new iPad this coming month which means there will be a sharp rise in the sale of the older versions. However, there aren’t any such resale figures available as yet for the Kindle Fire tablet, seeing as it’s just 4 months old. Incidentally, the Kindle Fire happens to be the biggest competitor of the Apple iPad and it will be interesting to see how the Amazon tablet measures up to the iPad in the resale market.
Samsung had affected some redesign to their original Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and had named it Galaxy Tab 10.1N in order to circumvent the ban imposed on the 10 inch tablet. The ploy seems to be working as the state court in Duesseldorf Germany has now stated the design changes are enough to not consider the 10.1N as an iPad copycat any more. The Galaxy Tab 10.1N had already been on sale and the latest court ruling means that it can continue unhindered. The latest ruling is also one more in a series of wins that Samsung has achieved against their rivals, Apple, in recent times. Courts in the Netherlands, the United States, and Australia have already squashed Apple’s claim on the Galaxy Tab being “slavishly” copied from the iPad design.
Interestingly, while Apple is actively pursuing a legal battle against Samsung, the latter also happens to be the supplier of many a key components to Apple. Also, the majority of tablet devices currently out in the market does sport a similar look and feel as the iPad. In such a scenario, Apple attempts to single out its nearest competitor, Samsung, for legal action could have been an indication of its hegemonic design in the tablet kingdom. If that is the case, then it’s an extremely positive sign that Samsung has managed to break free. Consumers stand to benefit more than anyone else in a competitive market.
However, the battle does not seem to stop just here, given Apple’s dislike of anything Android. It has already designed an offensive strategy against Samsung in Australia and similar behavior is also expected in Germany. Maybe the first phase of the Apple vs Samsung battle is over and we are about to enter the next, more aggressive phase soon.
Apple has won the tablet battle in Germany against rival Samsung, which means the Korean conglomerate can’t sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. A higher regional court in Duesseldorf, Germany has upheld the temporary ban that was imposed on the Samsung tablet in an earlier judgement. However, the victory can be considered as largely symbolic as Samsung had already replaced the particular tablet with a reworked version named the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Apple has sought a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, though the court clearly wasn’t impressed enough. A final ruling on that is expected on February 9.
Apple has initiated legal proceedings against Samsung in various countries around the world and had tasted success in almost all the cases. However, things have started to change and after a couple of court rulings that stated in clear terms the Samsung tablet can’t be considered an exact replica of the iPad. However, the damage may well have been done as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remained off market during the crucial holiday season. The tablet itself may well be out of date by now as we’re expecting the next gen version of almost all other tablets, including the iPad. We have already heard rumors of Samsung developing a sequel to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it will be interesting to see what the tablet will look like. Surely the last thing Samsung will like to engage in is another court battle with Apple.
The tides it seems are turning so that Samsung finally seems to be securing a foothold on a ground that till some weeks ago were shaking under the influence of Apple’s legal wits. Not that Apple’s clout is diminishing — the company just reported record sales of the iPad that is not only far better than all other tablets put together but also safely eclipses the total worldwide PC sales of some of the biggest names in the computing industry — but its that the courts may finally be waking up to the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is as much iPad looking than most other tablets currently available in the market.
In lieu to this, a Dutch court has ruled in favor of Samsung stating the Galaxy Tab 10.1 cannot be considered an exact clone of the iPad and hence cannot be banned from selling in the Netherlands.
The other cases awaiting disposal between Apple and Germany includes one at Germany which should be disposed next week. Samsung had come up with a modified tablet and had named it Galaxy Tab 10.1N to circumvent the temporary ban that had been placed upon its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device. This had also been immediately contested by Apple and is scheduled for a hearing next month. The Apple vs Samsung though may have reached a conclusion so that Samsung is free to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country.
Next generation tablets from Apple are expected to follow the same pricing regime as it had set up for its present set of tablets. This is as per speculation by market watchers who fix the price for the to-be tablets at USD 499. They have also speculated that the present iPad 2 tablets would have a drop in price to USD 399. There is however a factor that may change this whole pricing reality — if the next gen iPad would be coming in two variants as Digitimes have reported and the iPad 2 is still continued, then we might get to see a three tier approach from Apple.
The two variants would be for the high end and mid range each. The tablets would be coming with A6 processors and the difference between the high end and mid range being the screen resolution. The high end iPad is likely to have a resolution of 2084 x 1536 while the mid range iPad can be seen sporting a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixel.
Many of Apple’s competitors, and that too successful ones at that, have their products ranging between USD 199 to 399. Under such a scenario, if Apple has its tablets priced between USD 299 to 349 to 399, others might well have to rethink their survival strategies all over again. Keeping prices low has been one method that many tablet makers like Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and so on had adopted to co-exist with the iPad and if Apple decides to drop down to the price range that tablets such as the Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox or the Nook Tablet operate in, then we might be on the verge of a new shakeout in the tablet segment.