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On Thursday, research firm IDC published the latest findings from its worldwide tablet shipment research. And the results reflect a substantial loss of market share for Apple's iPad during the...
03-10-2011, 02:27 PM #1
Apple 'Bleeds' 20% of its Tablet Market Share in 4th Quarter
On Thursday, research firm IDC published the latest findings from its worldwide tablet shipment research. And the results reflect a substantial loss of market share for Apple's iPad during the 4th quarter. Although some reports make it sound as though Apple is "bleeding" market share, it's important to point out that the iPad was largely the only marketable tablet in existence for a massive portion of 2010. With a full slate of competitors and iPad knock-offs now available, the dip in market share doesn't really come as much of a surprise to anyone - including the folks at Apple.
"Strong holiday sales of media tablets were in line with IDC projections and strong consumer interest in the category while device vendors scrambled to offer products competitive with Apple's iPad and now iPad 2," said Loren Loverde, vice president, Consumer Device Trackers. "Media Tablets are on pace to reach shipments of roughly 50 million units in 2011."
During the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple's share of the tablet market was 73%. During the third quarter, however, it was 93%. IDC primarily blames the Samsung Galaxy Tab for eating into Apple's market share, as the Galaxy Tab captured a not-too-shabby 17% of shipments in the fourth quarter. Despite the over-dramatized response to Apple's decreased market share, it should be noted that the iPad retained a commanding 83% market share for all of 2010.
03-10-2011, 02:32 PM #2
I am sure they will "gush" even more when more company join the tablet market.
03-10-2011, 02:38 PM #3
**** the samsung GAYlaxy Tab!!
03-10-2011, 02:40 PM #4
Only because cheap windows users are gobling up the competitions inferior products just so they can say they have a tablet. Cheap bastards wouldn't know a quality user experience if it bit them in the arse. Why else would anyone settle for the god awful android interface.
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03-10-2011, 02:42 PM #5
That's apple for ya
03-10-2011, 02:44 PM #6
It only makes sense that when the market gets flooded with other devices that Apple will lose a bit of sales. This will happen more now with the Xoom on the market and the Playbook coming out soon. I welcome competition because it keeps pushing the bar for quality and innovation.
03-10-2011, 02:54 PM #7
I think it's pretty important to point out that the market share here is based on "shippped" units, not sold through or to actual users. Using these metrics, Apple's market share for tablets will be take a pretty big hit in the next 6 months as pretty much every major computing and electronics manufacturer releases their "own" version of a tablet and ships them to anyone who's willing to carry it. The more important question is how many of these tablets are actually in hands of consumers / users.
03-10-2011, 03:09 PM #8
03-10-2011, 03:26 PM #9
Competition is a good thing for us I saw the new GTab commercial that Samsung put out, man is it crappy lol! Two ppl were showing how they can use video chat on the tablet to talk to each other from different places, it was really cheesy. They really need to advertise better.
03-10-2011, 03:28 PM #10
03-10-2011, 03:28 PM #11
You can always customize or dumb down a Win7 machine to create "quality user experience", but iOS you still can not install programs like Excel etc
I love how fanboys like to put "cheap" to a more powerful machine simply because it is more cost effective, even call them inferior.
Have you ever thought about how much you bend over to take Jobs jabs from behind for overprice machines yet you love him for it, doesn't that make you cheap? Best example is you can make a more powerful hackintosh for less than what Apple sells it for, that shows you how much Apple is shoving up your "arse".
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03-10-2011, 03:32 PM #12
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03-10-2011, 03:47 PM #13
Back on topic, as stated of course apple was going to loose market share when every Tom, ****, and Harry started spitting them out and also as stated some consumers are buying the low end stuff just to make the claim that they too have a tab as it's the latest craze/fad.
03-10-2011, 04:10 PM #14
inferior products? like when apple announces a "next gen" device 6 months after their last? like when apple intentionally withholds features from their devices so they can inflate their sales? like when apple was the first to market the personal computer but now Microsoft owns 90% of the worldwide market?
quality experience? like having apple tell us how to use OUR devices? like not having control over our own content? like not being able sync to another computer without loosing your photos and play lists? like have to Jailbreak your phone just to gain basic functions that the phone should have had in the first place?
quality experience like buying a device that was designed (intentionally) to be obsolete in 6 months?
I guess you dont know that Samsung makes 60% of all parts in apple's computers.
03-10-2011, 04:13 PM #15
Just so you know I am tech for my company, we normally buys computer systems so money is really not a problem. I have 6 core setup running on 2 Dell 30" IPS monitor costing $1500 each, recently bought a 8 core one to evaluate. I built the hackintosh for fun, and it is running extremely well. I have yet to have someone report problem since I built it, but the 6 core and 8 core machine I had to fix already.
Considering I built it using retail price parts, for Apple they can get parts a lot cheaper because they get straight from manufacturer at bulk discount. Yet they somehow can get away with selling it at much higher price than what I spent buying retail...
Before calling out others might want to figure out what you are doing wrong.
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03-10-2011, 05:39 PM #17
Very misleading article. Market share with shipment and market sales are a huge difference. A company often boosts pre wye market shipments per stock supplies to meet projected market expected sales. If you look at samsungs and apl's 4th qtr financial statement you will the diff. Another argument is I can ship 1million pieces of dukie, but....it doesn't mean anyone will buy it. Bottom line is market shipment doesn't give a true picture of market sales or consumer pref...
03-10-2011, 06:08 PM #18
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03-10-2011, 08:17 PM #20
A lot of us choose to buy Apple at the prices they're at because that's what we like. You can say all the bad things you don't like about them but we're still going to buy what WE like. You can stick to what you like, that's your right, and we'll stick to the great products that Apple makes for us. You obviously like something from them or you wouldn't be here
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