iPad Kicking Ass, Taking Names, Outselling Macs

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During Apple’s quarterly results announcements yesterday, we heard a lot of huge numbers – including some spectacular iPad-related figures. Here’s some of the iPad numbers and details that grabbed my attention:

— The iPad outsold Macs – despite a record quarter for Macs! Almost 4.2 million iPads were sold – and over 3.9 million Macs.

— There are now over 30,000 apps designed specifically for iPad

— Over 65% of the Fortune 100 are either deploying or piloting the iPad. Even Steve Jobs mentioned that the iPad’s rapid success in the business arena has surprised him.

— US distribution is now expanding – with AT&T and Verizon starting to sell the iPad later this month, and thousands of retail outlets being added via Target and Walmart during this month and next.

Jobs also laid down some serious smack talk about the first crop of iPad rivals. Some highlights I noted:

— Among the ‘avalanche’ of tablets poised to enter the market there are ‘just a handful of credible ones’.

— 7 inch screens are just not big enough for a tablet. This size is:

insufficient to create great tablet apps we believe … a 10 inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps

— 7 inch tablets are tweeners; too big to compete with smartphones, too small to compete with tablets.

— Google has been telling manufacturers not to use their current OS for tablets, but to wait for a tablet-specific release next year – but vendors are using the current OS anyway.

— iPad now has over 35K apps on the App Store – new crop of tablets will have zero.

— The current crop of rival tablets is “dead on arrival

— iPad is clearly going to affect notebook sales.

I’m sure the makers of many iPad rivals will think differently, but they have certainly given the iPad a big head start and now have their work cut out for them.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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