Looks like the iPad’s consumer appeal is still going strong, at least according to a report by retail analytics company Infoscout covering top selling items on Black Friday at 3 leading US retailers.
As Apple Insider reports, An iPad was the top selling product at two out of the three major US retailers covered by the report – the 16GB iPad mini was the Number 1 selling item at Walmart, while the 16GB iPad Air was Number 1 at Target. In fact at Target the top three sports were all iPad – with 16GB iPad mini and 32GB iPad Air in the 2nd and 3rd spots.
At Best Buy the older iPad 2 was at the number 2 spot, trailing the Microsoft Surface RT. It’s more than a little shocking to see a Surface surface in the report – although it was selling at a heavily discounted price.
Throw in sales at Apple’s own retail outlets and online store and it seems like the iPad may have had quite a good holiday weekend.
Today is Black Friday and of course that means that in amongst all the general madness and chaos there are an enormous number of sales on iPads and iPad related products. I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel in terms of comprehensive roundups of all the great iPad related bargains to be had; instead I’ll share a couple of links to good ones and a handful of individual sales that have really caught my eye.
Deals on iPads, iPhones, Macs, and Accessories from 9to5Mac: http://ipadinsight.com/sponsor-posts/sponsor-polaris-office-for-ipad-on-sale-for-80-off-just-99-cents/
Big list of iOS apps and games on sale at 148 Apps: http://www.148apps.com/news/black-friday-app-sale-apps-games-sale-iphone-ipad/
20% off all iPad cases at Pad & Quill: http://www.padandquill.com/black-friday.html
20% off all iPad cases (and everything site-wide) at Portenzo: http://shop.portenzo.com/
20% (apparently the magic number) on iPad cases and everything else at Marblue: http://www.gomarblue.com/#
The Elements in Action iPad / universal app 50% off: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-elements-in-action/id739281034
The Elements a Visual Exploration – down from $13.99 to $8.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elements-visual-exploration/id364147847
Terminology 3 down from $2.99 to $1.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/terminology-3/id687798859
Many of these may well run through this weekend too.
Of course there are plenty more good deals out there, but hopefully the links above will be a good head start on finding lots of good ones.
Apple announced its Q4 financial results yesterday afternoon. As always, they took some time to share the latest impressive iPad numbers during their earnings call.
Here are some of the iPad numbers that stood out:
– 14.1M iPads sold in the quarter. Only a little up from 14 million in same quarter last year – but not too shabby considering no new iPads all year so far and the heavy anticipation of the new models announced last week.
– 71 million iPads solid in Apple’s fiscal year of 2013.
– An incredible 99% customer satisfaction rate.
And most impressive of all …
– 94% market share of tablets in the education area
Because, as Microsoft would have us believe, that’s not real work when iPads are used for education.
Of course Apple has shared lots of crazy big iPad numbers at their event today, leading up to new iPad announcements.
170 Million iPads sold – as of earlier this month
iPad Usage Share: 81% – more than 4 times all others combined
#1 in customer satisfaction
Over 475,000 iPad apps – custom designed for iPa.
Good stuff, and more good stuff coming soon.
The latest report from Good Technology on mobility in the enterprise shows that iOS is clearly the dominant platform – in terms of device activations and even more so in terms of mobile apps usage and development. Good’s client base includes major government agencies and 50 of the Fortune 100.
As you can see in the chart above, iOS device activations were above 70% in Q3 – while Android dipped a little to under 30% and Windows Phone moved *up* to 1%. Here are some other eye catching numbers and findings in the report – all of which pretty much destroy the whole premise of all those Microsoft Surface TV ads that mock the iPad and claim it’s not really capable of being used for work:
Despite a slight decline in total number of device activations, tablets are more popular for mobile app usage with 81 percent of apps activated this quarter on this form factor. … Document editing comes out on top as the largest single commercial app category securing 56 percent of the activations. …File access and syncing are a strong second with almost 20 percent of all activations.
Those sure sound like ‘work’ categories to me.
Apple’s lead is even more dramatic in terms of the number of custom apps created on Good’s platform. Of the more than 1,000 apps developed internally by Good’s clients, 95% were iOS apps in Q3 …
I’m going to go ahead and guess that when Fortune 100 companies invest in custom app development, it’s not for games and entertainment and ‘Play’ apps.
So yeah, those Surface TV ads – millions of dollars running those to make a point that’s just so obviously wrong. Nice work Microsoft.