Recently the final numbers for Apple in 2014 arrived, showing a significant drop in the company’s iPad 3 sales. However, Apple’s sales overall are up. Does this mean that Apple is abandoning iPads to focus on its iPhone line? The numbers seem to tell this story.
Apple’s tablet sales dropped year over year from 32.6% in 2013 to 26.1% in 2014. Looking at sales from June through September of last year, Apple didn’t reach the 13-million iPad sales experts predicted for that quarter. Instead, the company sold only 12.3 million tablets in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the 14.1 million in iPad sales in the same period in 2013.
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By 2017, the number of app downloads should reach nearly 269 billion.
Meanwhile, the research firm also forecasts that mobile app revenues will be $26 billion in 2013, up from $18 billion last year. That $26 billion in revenues comes from paid downloads and in-app purchases — even though only 9% of all downloads this year cost money and the rest are free.
The strongest growth period will be through 2014 when the forecast is that almost 139 billion downloads will be made.
Microsoft recently filed with its Form 10-K report with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, and the paper makes for stark reading concerning the firm’s tablet ambitions.
The form details that Microsoft made just $853 million in Surface tablet revenues in the eight months from launch to June 30, with this accounting for less than 5% of Microsoft’s Windows division revenues ($19.2 billion) earned in fiscal 2013.
On its own, this figure wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that the SEC filing also details that Microsoft’s sales and marketing expenses increased $1.4 billion, or 10%, because of the big ad campaigns for [...]
The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast report reveals that worldwide IT spending is on track to reach $3.7 trillion this year – representing a 2% increase from $3.6 trillion in 2012 – before topping $3.9 trillion in 2014.
However while these figures suggest a rosy outlook for the future of IT, it is clear that some form factors will fare better than others, with Gartner predicting that tablet and smartphone revenue will rise by 38.9% and 9.3% respectively year-on-year in 2013.
And while the research firm did not provide figures on PC revenue, it did say that PC sales continued to decline in Q2 with “little recovery expected” ahead for the [...]
Noting the adoption of less expensive tablets, J.P. Morgan says the rate of IT spending growth in 2013 is expected to decline to 0.6% from the previously expected 1.2%, and a year-over-year decline from 1.8%.
Research firm IDC forecast last month that tablet shipments will grow 59% this year to 229.3 million units – higher than the firm’s forecast for 2013 notebook shipments.
IDC also said it expects worldwide PC shipments to drop by almost 8% this year.
But you’ll generally pay a premium for such rugged tablets. Earl? Not so much.
The crowdfunded project says Earl will be available for $249 (a 30% discount) through June 9. A recent check of the website, shows the project has raised $44,992 of its $250,000 goal. So it’s not clear how long buyers will have to wait and there’s always the possibility the whole thing will be scuttled.
Still it’s an interesting project in that it targets a very specific rugged niche. In sum, Earl wants to be the best tablet for extreme outdoor situations, like hiking up a mountain or the remote wilderness.
In addition to rugged casing, Earl has an advanced [...]
Tablet PC shipments are set to grow 67% from a year ago, to 256.5 million in 2013, and reach 579.4 million by 2017, according to a new report by NPD DisplaySearch.
A lot of that growth will come at the expense of notebook PCs with those shipments expected to decline 10% over the next four years, from 203.3 million in 2013 to 183.3 million in 2017.
But NPD notes there will be pockets of growth in notebook PCs. For example, shipments of notebooks with touch capabilities are expected to grow 48% Y/Y in 2014. (Shipments refers to units shipped to distributors, not sell through to users).
NPD says new operating systems such as [...]
It hasn’t been easy though.
In fact, Hearst fell short of its earlier forecast that it would reach a million subscribers by the end of last year. Instead, it didn’t reach a million until the end of March, reports AllThingsD.
Meanwhile, David Carey, the head of Hearst Magazines, has his sights set higher. Back in February he predicted Hearst will have 3 million digital subscribers by 2016, or about 10% of its entire base of subscribers.
Hearst publishes a range of magazines such as Car & Driver, Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Popular Mechanics.
Heins has in the past spoke candidly about how profitability would be key if BlackBerry chose to re-enter the tablet market with a second PlayBook, but surprisingly appeared to dismiss the market at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles today.
“In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins told Bloomberg. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”
[For some context, leading market research firm IDC has a different take on future tablet shipments. The company recently forecast that tablet shipments will grow to 352.3 [...]
Revealing the results from its latest report, the research group predicts that worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments will rise 9% to a staggering 2.4 billion units in 2013 before reaching 2.9 billion units in 2017.
Gartner puts this increase down in part to increasing demand for lower-priced tablets, and claims that their growing capabilities are making desktop PCs redundant in some quarters.
"While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," said Carolina [...]