Update: Should colleges start giving Apple’s iPad to students?
This morning I wrote about all the discussions to the question Should colleges start giving Apple’s iPad to students?
But since this time there were many important news-releases surrounding the Apple iPad.
For example data now points that the iPad has become (or always was, given its short life thus far) so popular that it is on the right track to outsell the venerable Mac, Apple’s regular computing line. According to an analyst Apple is selling some 200,000 iPads a week, versus a mere 110,000 Macs in the same time frame.
The iPad is of course a new product, and slower sales are to be expected once the full global roll out has been completed and enough time has passed to fill initial demand. That will take weeks, if not months. At 200,000 a week, Apple will have moved at least another million iPads.
The shocking statistic that has the tech world in an uproar is that some 20% (1 in 5) Americans is either “likely” or “somewhat likely” to purchase an iPad. The population of the United States is roughly 300 million, 20% of that number works out to some 60 million. If Apple sold that many iPads at the lowest price point possible, $500, it would bring in some 30 billion USD in revenue.
Seeing those data, people start to think, if maybe the Apple iPad is going to get a mainstream device and draw in a huge amount of PC users not using apple products yet. For sure other manufacturers will be really unhappy with Apple and since they don’t want to loose all of their clients to the Mac or iPhone/iPad, they have to adopt Apple’s new standards and also be sort of nice to them…
I guess this will end in a really huge showdown between Microsoft and Apple. But then there is another question: What about all the other big technology companies like Google, HP/Dell, HTC, and so on. For sure these companies all have their reasons to like neither Apple nor Microsoft but they will have to decide very soon! Or maybe it will go bad for both Microsoft and Apple as you see Google working on their ChromeOS and HP hugging WebOS.
No matter what happens, it is going to “take a bloody end”. I just hope that customers won’t have to suffer too much.
PS: take a look at how I tagged this post..
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