Elmer-Dewitt reports, “‘April NPD data gives us the first sign of the degree to which the iPad cannibalizes iPod or Mac sales,’ he writes. ‘From the early NPD data, it appears that the iPad has a minimal cannibalization impact on Mac sales, and could be slightly cannibalizing iPod sales. Given the ASP (4x) and margin profile of the iPad, we see this as a net positive for Apple’s business.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple doesn’t just throw products onto the market without carefully looking at a wide of range of possible effects on sales. Surely they looked carefully at iPad and its features and how it would impact various types of users.
For example, we’re in the market to replace our aging 17-inch MacBook Pro units. We waited until the iPad 3G was released, so we could evaluate our next Mac purchases. That is still ongoing, but we’ll tell you that, for us, what used to be a slam dunk for large-screen MacBook Pros has changed considerably. MacBook Air has at least as good a chance to be at least some of our next Mac purchases as MacBook Pro now. And, since our iPads can so so much, we now only need Macs for certain specific functions (original graphics, live coverage, etc.) smaller screens and light weight are our key needs, not large screen desktop replacements. So iPad has changed our Mac buying plans rather dramatically from 17-inch MacBook Pros across-the-board to MacBook Air and/or 13-inch MacBook Pro (15-inch still has an outside chance) units.