Based on a recent update from noted Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPad Mini may turn out to be the vampire of the company’s mobile hardware lineup. I had completely given up hope of anymore updates or refreshes, but it seems that you just can’t kill this thing. According to many of you who have contacted me about the Mini over the last year, that is a good thing.
The rumors of a new 10.5″ iPad Pro have been with us for over six months now, but as we get closer to a probable release at WWDC, the device is finally coming into clearer focus thanks to case leaks and the device mockups that are now leaking from reputable sources. Unfortunately, according to well-known leaker Shai Mizrachi concept artist Benjamin Geskin, the device matches early reports to a degree, but doesn’t go as far as the long-rumored bezel-less design we all think the iPhone 8 will have.
Jonathan Geller at BGR posted this morning that Apple will soon be phasing out the iPad Mini form factor. This comes as a little bit of a surprise to me since the Mini 4 just got a memory bump when the new iPad was released. This effectively brought the price of the device down, at least in terms of value. We have also had on again and off again rumors of a Mini Pro with a Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support over the past three months.
Follow the link above to the first of what will be a recurring feature here at iPad Insight. I will be periodically recording Facebook Live video recaps of what we’ve been covering recently, and taking a look at some things that are coming up on the site. Since this is the first time, I would welcome any feedback that you may have on what we are covering, things you might like to see covered or reviewed, and any other feedback that you may have. I would love to be as responsive to what you, the readers, want.
On Monday, I asked if anyone cared about the 12.9″ iPad Pro, and many of our readers took the time to tell me that they definitely do (and a BIG thank you to all who took the time to join in the discussion). I was actually surprised at how much enthusiasm was expressed for the device. I see now that I’m not alone in preferring the larger size of the original model, and that several fellow users have some really cool and unique use cases for which the larger screen is advantageous. It’s always great to share experiences like that and learn from fellow users. The 12.9″ model may not have as much Apple marketing push behind it these days, but it is obvious to me that it should continue to have a place at the iPad table.
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.
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.
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.
Wow, here’s a table you don’t expect to see. It shows Apple as the clear leader in global PC shipments, by a clear margin. As 9to5Mac reports, the latest Q2 2012 data from Canalys shows Apple with a little over 21 million shipments for a 19% share of the world market, ahead of HP who have around 13.5 million shipments for a 12.5% share.
This data includes what Canalys calls ‘pads’ so the iPad is by far and away the biggest portion of the Apple numbers. If Canalys’ Q2 matches up to Apple’s financial Q3 reported just recently, we know that 17 million iPads and 4 million Macs were sold – which matches up nicely with the numbers above. Counting iPads as PCs doesn’t seem outrageous either, particularly with Microsoft calling their upcoming Surface a PC and a tablet.
It’s incredible to think that two and a half years ago the first iPad hadn’t even hit the streets yet – and now its sales outstrip all PCs sold total by any PC manufacturer last quarter.