Apple iPad stuns mobile computing market, sends overwhelmed competitors back to drawing boards

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The battle between Apple’s iPad and other computing devices has been extended. At least one major chip maker says that a number of tablets, netbooks and smartbooks originally designed to compete with the iPad have been pushed back to next year,” Elizabeth Woyke reports for Forbes.

“Though consumer electronics manufacturers typically aim to release products in time for the busy holiday season, an executive for chip maker Freescale Semiconductor says several important devices will now likely debut afterward, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2011,” Woyke reports. “The shift could affect the fortunes of gadget makers, as well as components suppliers, contract manufacturers and retailers.”

MacDailyNews Take: So, Apple will have Christmas 2010 all to themselves. That should be profitable. Can you say, “insurmountable lead?” We knew you could.

Woyke reports, “The iPad’s better-than-expected performance and reception is driving the delay, says Glen Burchers, director of global consumer segment marketing for Austin, Texas-based Freescale. ‘The iPad set the bar very high … most products that were going to come out [earlier] would not have fared well against it.’ Burchers says rival manufacturers were caught off guard by the gadget’s relatively low price ($499-$829), stable performance and long battery life (up to 10 hours). After the iPad’s debut, these manufacturers realized they needed to cut their own prices or spiff up their devices to stay competitive, he says.”

Woyke reports, “Matching the iPad’s smooth performance is even trickier–and is being aggravated by confusion over operating systems, says Burchers… The array of choices has stumped some manufacturers, further stalling plans. ‘Software is where all the work needs to go in the next six to nine months,’ says Burchers… Some of these adjustments are already public. HP’s ‘Slate’ tablet, first touted in January, is being reworked to accommodate HP’s April acquisition of Palm. Microsoft recently decided not to market its ‘Courier’ tablet. But Burchers says there have been a lot of secret product tweaks and cancellations, as well.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our iPads’ battery life is shockingly long. And the devices’ performance is shockingly fast. Of course, the user interface is stellar. Would-be competitors are stuck with using off the shelf-processors (vs. Apple’s home-grown designs) and/or somebody else’s OS – they are going to have a hell of a time trying to go from standing there like deer in the headlights to “competing” with Apple – barring blatant patent infringement, of course. (Right, Google?)

For mobile computing device makers not named Apple, our prediction: Pain.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Steve A.” for the heads up.]


  1. Every good boy and girl is hoping for an iPad in their stocking or under the tree. Not those other lump of coal iKiller turd devices.

    The iPad will be in most countries and in very short supply. What is a netbook the young child will ask!

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    The problem is that the entire industry revolves around, and follows the orders of, Microsoft. With MS hopelessly lost and adrift, who do the box stuffers follow now?

    HP looks to have a strategy. But the rest?


  3. My iPad has been selling itself. Even, when I go to a empty corner or put my Bose headphone on so I will not be asked a question. I still see a lot of people watching as I use it. Strange though, 99.9 percent I see are still on laptops! I rarely see an iPad?

    What is up with that?

    It is not a poor area, Manhattan Beach, California!

    Oh well, the tablet has a huge market to fill now.

  4. With 4.0 coming to iPad it’s All Over Now Baby Blue!!!!!
    It is no longer about Phones people. It’s about streamlining the user experience from desktop, laptop, phone and now tablet. Apple has all 4 legs in place to CRUSH the competition… Google I/0 HYPE was a JOKE!!!!

    Android…. No matter what spin is put on it is a JOKE! GO GOOGLE!!! GO ADOBE!!! GMAFB!

  5. iPad sales are going to be sick come Christmas, as long as Apple can ramp up to the level of demand.

    On the Monday after the release date I was the only person on the train with one, and over the next few weeks there was a smattering of them. The number exploded with the 3G release–last Friday I sit down and the guy next to me has his iPad, and then that evening when I went home the girl in the seat on the other side of the aisle had hers out.

    Last Friday I had to cover something in Family Court and one of the court employees had brought his newly bought iPad in; by the end of the day half the court staff were talking about buying them, and one guy had already called the King of Prussia Apple Store to reserve his 64GB G3.

    What I’m wondering is this–the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch must have already outsold all other Unix based systems, but have they outsold all other Unix based systems combined? Probably have.

  6. I love my iPad, but I was very intrigued by what I saw at Google I/O. Apple has the early lead, and being first out of the gate is great, but I think that Google has a lot of power behind it and Android is making inroads into what was previously Apple’s territory. Apple needs to step up the inovation and features of the iPad, and hopefully we will see some nice features on the iPhone 4G. And why is OS4 for the iPad going to be released months after the update for the phone if they are essentially the same OS????

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