Apple CEO Tim Cook, following sales of 17 million iPads during the second quarter and strong sales to the education market, said he has yet to see any competitor gain "any level of traction."
Apple sold 17 million iPads during its second quarter,
marking a "new all-time quarterly record for iPad units sales," CFO Peter
Oppenheimer said during Apples July 24 earnings call. Along with its
accessories, the tablet contributed $9.2 billion to the $35 billion in revenue
Apple brought in during the quarter.
While the iPad was first introduced with a consumer
emphasis, executives needed none of the prompting they did with the iPhone, and
the tablet quickly found audiences in any number of enterprise verticals.
During the earnings call, these were detailed a bit, with Oppenheimer naming
education as a vertical where the iPad is finding "tremendous momentum."
"While interest in the new iPad was high, sales of the
reduced price iPad 2 in the K-12 markets were particularly strong, and even
though ¦ we achieved all-time record Mac sales to U.S. education institutions
during the quarter, we sold more than twice as many iPads as Macs to U.S. education
institutions," said Oppenheimer.
The Mansfield, Texas, Independent School District, for
example, purchased 11,000 iPads, with the intention that every student and
teacher will receive one.
Some teachers will use a flipped-classroom concept, putting
their lessons and resources online where students can access them anytime with
their iPads, said Oppenheimer. As a result, students take responsibility for
their own learning, and teachers are able to increase their interaction and
personalized content time.
Apple estimates, said Oppenheimer, the number of iPads in
Fortune 500 companies has more than tripled in the past year. Theyre being
adopted by large businessesBritish Airways, for example, is using iPads for
everything from check-in to cabin servicesand (for now) smaller ones. A
builder in Japan called Dialogue House is building smart homes that will be
controlled by iPads.
While the smartphone market has moved beyond iPhone-dominance, Pund-IT
principal analyst Charles King told eWEEK,
the tablet market is mostly about the iPad just now.
Good Technology, which released a report on the
mobile device activations of its customers during the second quarter, found
the same thing to be true.
Apples iPads dominated tablet activations, with 94.5
percent of total activations for the quarter (down from 97.3 percent in Q1
2012) led by the new iPad 3, stated the report.
Good, however, was optimistic that a better mix was
Android tablets still make up a small percentage of
tablet activations, at 5.5 percent, but this is a major increase from 2.7
percent last quarter, according to the Good report. The greatest contributor to
this rise, it found, was the Samsung Galaxy Note, which entered into the No. 10 slot on its list of top-10 devices.
Apple devices took the top four positions, and six slots
overall. While the iPhone 4S led, the iPad 3 was second and the iPad 2 the fourth
most-deployed device during the quarter.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, during the earnings call, noted that
the iPad 2s drop in price to $399 has helped with sales, particularly in
classrooms from kindergarten through high school.
We have been very aggressive in the [K-12] space, and I
dont see that changing in terms of competition, said Cook. Weve all seen ¦
hundreds of tablets come to market over the last few years, and I have yet to
see any of them really gain what I would call any level of traction at all.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.