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Today’s big Apple event was all about the iPhone, iOS 6, a major refresh to the iPod lineup and more – but it also featured some big, crazy iPad numbers.
Here are some of the iPad related numbers that caught my eye:
– 17 million iPads sold last quarter – a new record. We already knew about this one but it’s still very impressive.
– “We sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire PC line.” And Tim Cook pointed out how incredible this is when you consider that this category didn’t exist just a few years ago.
– Last year the iPad had a 62% global market share – now it’s at 68%.
– As you can see in the slideshow shot above, iPad accounts for a ridiculous 91% of all tablet web traffic.
And all these numbers should only be boosted again with the expected release of the iPad Mini next month.
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PC sales data for the June quarter of this year provides some clear evidence that the iPad is cannibalizing a significant chunk of PC sales in the education market – at least according to one Wall Street analyst.
As Apple Insider reports, Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company that while PC sales in the education arena are falling iPad sales are booming.
Apple, meanwhile, sold nearly a million iPads in the K-12 market in June, which he said is “definitive evidence” that the iPad has been “cannibalizing” PC sales in the U.S. education market.
Apple’s iPad sales in the June quarter were double what the company sold a year prior. The iPad also reached nearly double the number of Macs Apple sold to education buyers during the quarter.
“Clearly, a significant portion of iPad sales represented an expansion of the market,” Wolf wrote. “But in view of the fact that Mac sales held steady at around 520,000 units but overall PC sales declined by 265,000 units from 1.90 million to 1.64 million units, we believe the inescapable conclusion is that the iPad is beginning to cannibalize a material portion of PC sales in this market.”
I’m sure the availability of the iPad 2 at its lower $399 price has been a big part of the iPad’s growing sales momentum in education. If and when the iPad Mini arrives, at its expected far lower price, I would imagine iPad sales will really take off in this market, as well as with consumers in general.
Holiday weekends always bring a number of great sales on iPad apps and accessories. EA kicked things off for this Labor Day weekend with their now-standard massive sales on their range of leading iPad games.
Marware is one of the first big iPad accessory vendors I’ve seen with a major sale this weekend. They’re offering 25% off everything at their site. This includes a number of impressive iPad cases – including the C.E.O. Hybrid for the new iPad, a great all-rounder sort of case.
The Marware sale is already going on and runs until 11:59PM EST on 9/3.Check it out at the Marware site.
Apple is now offering refurbished models of the new 2012 iPad at its online store. It looks like the full range of new iPad models, from 16GB to 64GB, and from WiFi only to WiFi + cellular (AT&T and Verizon) are all on offer at $50 less than the standard retail price for a new unit.
These refurb units inlcude a brand new battery and outer shell, and also on year warranty cover. If you know anyone looking for a new iPad bargain, these are worth a look. You can check them out at this Apple store page.
Back in October of 2010 Steve Jobs made his thoughts on 7 inch tablets pretty clear during an Apple financial results call. Among the comments he made were these:
7 inch tablets are tweeners – too big to compete with smartphone, too small to compete with tablets
We don’t think you can make a great tablet with a 7 inch screen
Now there’s some evidence emerging (during the never-ending Apple v Samsung court battles) that Jobs’ opinion on smaller tablets may have changed by early 2011. As MacRumors and CNET have recently reported, an email sent by Apple VP Eddy Cue to other senior execs at the company states as much:
Having used a Samsung Galaxy, I tend to agree with many of the comments below (except moving off the iPad). I believe there will be a 7″ market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, facebook and video very compelling on a 7″. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.
It seems a virtual lock that we will be seeing a smaller iPad released this fall / winter, though the general consensus is that it will be much closer to an 8 inch tablet (7.85 to be precise). And probably a big holiday season hit this year too.
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