The incredibly broad and ever-increasing appeal of the iPad is an impressive thing to see. It started out as a big consumer hit and soon after it had huge traction in the enterprise. In the last couple of years we’ve seen it being used by local governments, businesses of all types, educational institutions ranging from K-12 all the way to blue-chip universities. It’s big in the healthcare arena too.
The legal profession is another area where it seems to be gaining momentum. David Sparks at MacSparky certainly noted a trend in his recent post titled iPad Lawyers:
I’m back from spending several days in Chicago for the American Bar Association’s annual TechShow conference. As always, I had a great time and met many readers and MPU listeners, which is kind of awesome.
While last year, the iPad was a novelty at the conference, this year it almost appeared to be standard issue. Almost everyone had one. During my talk about technology at trial, I looked out to a packed room and was able to count the number of open laptops on one hand. Just about everybody else was using an iPad.
I’m not normally one for listening to talks held with financial analysts, even when Apple are involved – but I was interested to tune in to the stream of Tim Cook’s talk at yesterday’s Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. I’d heard that he had quite a bit to say about the iPad during this talk so I listened to it this morning.
I’m very glad I did – partly because Cook had some very interesting things to say about the iPad, and also because it made me appreciate Cook much more as a speaker. Here are a few things Cook said about the iPad that stood out for me:
On iPad sales reaching 55 million in well under two years on the market:
To put it in context, it took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs; it took us about five years to sell 22 million iPods, it took us three years to sell that many iPhones. As you said it’s on a trajectory that’s off the charts.
He notes that it’s being used by his mother, who took to it with ease; it’s being used by his trainer at the gym he goes to in the morning, it’s being used heavily in education and in the enterprise.
And so from my point of view it’s the fastest adoption across a wide range that I’ve ever seen.
On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. As usual at a major new Apple product unveiling, you needed a calculator to keep up with the number of times great, amazing, fantastic, amazing, and other such superlatives were thrown around. Here’s the sum-up line from Jobs that struck me that day:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
It’s fun to see just how well than line stands up today – as the iPad has proved to be every bit as revolutionary (just ask makers of netbooks and PCs watching their market share get chewed up by it) as touted and its price has still not been beaten by any similarly-featured tablet.
Needless to say I was very excited by the iPad when I saw it announced would be a huge understatement. I posted my first article on this site two days later; here’s a little slice of what I said in that first post:
I’m excited about the iPad. I want one, and will certainly get one on Day 1, and I’m excited to blog about this new device and especially about the apps that will run on it and the uses we’ll find for it.
I’m happy to say that I still feel that same excitement and enthusiasm for the iPad. It has proved to be even more of a game-changing device than I imagined. There are now over 180,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad and I’m still just as excited about finding the best of those as I was two years ago. Oh, and just a tad pumped up to see what Apple has in store for us with the iPad 3 this year.
The news today that Apple has sold 15.43 million iPads during the final calendar quarter of 2011, means that the total number of iPads sold for 2011 (that’s sold not shipped) is just over 40 million. The last quarter’s sales are 111% growth compared with the same quarter in the previous year.
These are mind-boggling stats no matter now you slice it.
No doubt the tremendous iPads are largely behind the record revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion.
With these solid numbers in hand, the future looks bright for Apple and iPad. Stock price is currently over $420. iBookstore is now being fed by ebooks created on the new iBooks author and iTunes U is free to fly.
So much for the year of the iPad killer.
In case you were questioning my math – here it is from the horse’s mouth:
4.69 million iPads during the 1st quarter 2011 – the one ending March 2011
9.25 million iPads sold during the 2nd quarter 2011 – the one ending June 2011
11.12 million iPads during the 3rd quarter – one ending September 2011
15.43 million iPads sold during 4th quarter the one ending December 2011
I love it how a few days after the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas ended, where people lustily obsessed over 55-inch wafer-thin screen TVs, Apple has got people talking arguing about education reform.
Two years after launch, Apple has now unwittingly made the use of iPads in the classroom the topic of discourse and mild controversy. Finally.
Siri is the intelligent voice assistant featured in the new iPhone 4S. It seems to be getting mostly rave reviews on this initial weekend following the iPhone 4S release. Here’s a bit of the intro to it on Apple’s web page for it:
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.
One question that is being asked a lot about Siri is why it’s exclusive to the iPhone 4S. There are already hackers (in the traditional sense of the word) who have ported the feature to the iPhone 4 to prove it is possible and there are said to be similar efforts in the works to port it to an iPad 2.
Jim Dalrymple has an excellent post up at his site, The Loop, titled ‘Modern tablet concept is Apple’s; everything else is just a feature’. It sums up perfectly the current state of the tablet market, why the iPad is dominating, and why its rivals have fared so poorly.
Essentially, it is just as Steve Jobs predicted at the unveiling of the iPad 2 – 2011 is the Year of the Copycats.
Just a few lines in his piece that I think are spot-on:
Apple didn’t invent the tablet, but they did perfect the way we use tablets in our modern lifestyle. The concept of the tablet is now Apple’s. … The proof is all around us. Look at Apple’s competition — everything being released today looks and acts exactly like an iPad.
Some tablet makers and OS developers are trying to convince people that their products are better than the iPad. The fact is, all they are doing is adding features to Apple’s concept. Anyone can copy a concept and then add small things to it, but Apple still owns the original and consumers identify with that. Nobody is being fooled.
The whole post is well worth a read, check it out HERE.
To say that Gary Arndt is an intrepid traveler would be a massive understatement. Arndt, who runs the Everything Everywhere site, has been traveling the globe for over four years, has visited over 100 countries in that time, and has been documenting his incredible array of experiences in photos and blog posts.
He recently contacted me to let me know he’s been a reader of this site since the iPd launched (yay!) and that he’s done an extensive review of his 12 months of traveling with an iPad, offering his assessment of the iPad as a device to travel with.
It’s a very thorough and well written article. Here are a few of the sections that I found most interesting:
On the iPad and Photography:
I have to confess that the first thing I thought of when I heard the iPad announcement was that it would be a great way to showcase my photos. I was right. The size and the colors make it a great way to share my photos with people I meet while traveling.
As a camera, however, the iPad is horrible. Data from Flickr shows that despite the popularity of the iPad2, hardly anyone uses the back facing camera. Not only is the image quality poor, but holding a tablet in front of your face to take a photo is really awkward. I personally never use the front facing camera either, but I can see I use for it at least with video calls.
Like many of my generation, I grew up watching BBC shows, particularly comedy shows. I remember laughing really really hard at those classic sitcoms back in the day. Side-splitting laughter. So when I heard the BBC has brought out an iPad app with TV shows available for streaming to a European audience, I did not hesitate for a single second. Download of the free app iPlayer done, I proceeded to look around. Continue reading
A recent Retrevo survey of potential tablet buyers and those planning to buy a tablet found Amazon to be the Number 1 manufacturer amongst Apple rivals. When asked which manufacturer they would seriously consider buying a tablet from, a whopping 55% of responders said Amazon. Samsung and Dell were a distant second at 38%, and RIM scored a paltry 24%.
Amazon is a very strong and very well thought of brand, so that result doesn’t seem shocking to me; rather it’s a bit of further evidence that if they can bring out a good device they may immediately become the iPad’s first worthwhile rival.
A few other bits that caught my eye in the survey results:
This question strongly suggests that buyers don’t see Android tablets being attractive at anything like the same price as an iPad:
iPad Vs. Android – Retrevo Asked: Would you consider buying an Android tablet with similar features over a base model $499 iPad?
– 79% of people would if it cost less than $250
– 48% of people would if it cost less than $300
– 31% of people would if it cost less than $400
AirPlay is becoming more and more of a favorite iPad feature for me, as more and more iPad apps add support for it. While audio over AirPlay can be quite nice at times, it’s video streaming that makes AirPlay much more exciting for me.
I’ve used a good number of apps by now that support AirPlay video by now, but I’m always on the lookout for good apps that include this feature.
This week the iPad App Store Featured area is highlighting a new featured page titled ‘Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps‘ – and that’s just the sort of list I’m looking for. The listing currently shows just over 30 iPad apps. Some of the notable ones include: the TED app for the wonderful TED Talks, CNN App for iPad, IMDb Movies & TV, NPR for iPad, iMovie, PBS for iPad,and Fandango Movies.
Sadly, the page doesn’t indicate which apps supprt just AirPlay audio and which include video support. That would be good to know.
You can find the Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps listing by going to the Featured tab of the iPad App Store and the top featured area where the iPad app of the week and game of the week are shown. The new AirPlay section is one of the highlighted ones that rotate in the top area.
My most used AirPlay (video) enabled app is the excellent Squrl videos app. What’s yours?