News Analysis: Apple's iPad is changing the IT industry in a big way, and PC vendors are starting to realize that in a big way. The iPad is taking sales away from full-featured PC models, and that is a trend that is shaking the industry to its foundations.
iPad has been selling extremely well. In 2010 alone, Apple reported that it
sold 15 million tablet units. During its last-reported quarter, Apple sold 4.69
million iPads, helping to further solidify its position as the most dominant
and arguably most influential company in the tablet market. Now, all others,
including Google, Motorola, Research In Motion and Samsung, are trying to catch
up to the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.
the iPad's significance goes beyond the tablet market. That space might be
where the device appeals to consumers, but its impact stretches across the
technology industry. Companies that aren't even competing in the tablet market
are seeing their operations affected by Steve Jobs and Company. And looking
ahead, the iPad's impact will only continue to expand.
put, the iPad is changing the technology industry in several major ways. Read
on to find out how:
1. Tablets are all the rage
important to remember that before the iPad launched, there were PC tablets on
store shelves. However, those tablets were niche devices that failed to catch
on with the mainstream. The iPad, however, changed all that. The device ignited
a tablet craze that caused several more devices to come out after it. Now,
tablets are everywhere. And the iPad is the main reason for that.
2. Who needs netbooks?
to the launch of the iPad, netbooks proved to be the go-to device for users who
wanted to be more productive while on the go. There was even some speculation
that netbooks would hurt notebook sales and potentially carve out a significant
portion of the market. But then Apple introduced the iPad, and all that
changed. Now, it
seems like only a matter of time before netbooks fail
3. Are notebooks that much better?
netbooks aren't the only computers that might be in deep trouble
devices like the iPad are on store shelves. Lightweight notebooks, devices
typically featuring 13- to 15-inch displays and boasting less-capable specs
than their more-powerful laptop counterparts, are also having some trouble
finding a customer base. As the Great Recession proved, consumers have a finite
amount of cash to spend, and when they want mobile-focused products, opting for
both a tablet and lightweight notebook isn't always possible. Considering the
iPad's sales, it seems many folks are choosing Apple's option over notebooks.
4. Touch screens are more popular than ever
touch screen isn't necessarily the best solution for enterprise customers who
want to be productive. However, they do tend to work quite well on tablets.
Since the iPad has become so popular, touch screens have become more appealing
to consumers in the computing market. It's an interesting shift that can't be
overlooked. If it weren't for the iPad, the touch screen wouldn't be nearly as
popular in the computing market as it is today.