Apple’s revolutionary iPad damaging PC, DRAM sales?

Apple Online Store“Samsung Electronics, the world’s top memory chipmaker, warned of an oversupply in the computer memory chip market from next quarter as a sputtering global economy may further weaken PC sales,” Baker Li and Miyoung Kim report for Reuters. “The downbeat comment from the South Korean firm raises concerns the boom in the DRAM sector may be nearing an end.”

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“Prices of DRAMs, widely used in computers, have turned weaker since July after an unusually strong first half, as PC demand growth lost momentum and as the European debt crisis threatens to further weaken sales of computers and other consumer goods,” Kim and Li report. “PC sales are also taking a hit as consumers delay purchases and opt for smaller tablet computers, which use fewer DRAM components than desktops and notebooks.”

Kim and Li report, “The new device is gaining popularity after Apple introduced iPad and vendors such as Samsung, Nokia, LG Electronics and Dell are rushing to get a piece of the emerging market.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “New device.” Microsoft’s been trying to make Tablet PCs since 2001. As usual, it took Apple to show everyone how to do it correctly. Now the knockoff parade begins. Hopefully this time Apple’s IP gets the legal protection it deserves.

12 Comments

  1. Interesting that the company that fired up its copiers fastest is now realising that it wasn’t a good idea to do so without first clearing off inventory or at least slowing the assembly line down.

    This is what happens when companies do not have a road map or do not stick to it, they jump at every shadow whether it is a verified threat or not and thereby expose themselves to even worse issues than stock piling of inventory, lawsuits that could seriously impact on the companies stock.

    Is it not enough that they have a massive contract from Apple inc to suppliment any possible short fall from their core sales?

    They now face a double whammy lawsuit from Oracle and Apple inc should they both win their lawsuits against Google & HTC.

    They should save all the money from the knockoffs into a high interest account that they can turn over if they end up on the loosing end, this would serve to mitigate a bear run on their stock.

  2. Don’t get my posting wrong. I have always advocated strong competition for Apple inc. to keep them on the cutting edge. But strong competition should come from harnessing the creative thinking of “the crazy ones”.

    When Apples rivals realise that investing in R&D is the only way expand ones IP portfolio, that will be the day that we as customers finally start getting value for what we pays for.

  3. Once Apple puts the Print in the next OS upgrade for the iPad, why would anyone want a crapy netbook. Those are gone like the 8 Track and Transistor radios are gone. Anyone seen a Walkman lately.

  4. “Don’t get my posting wrong. I have always advocated strong competition for Apple inc. to keep them on the cutting edge.”

    Why do people insist on saying this? It may be true if you are talking about hamburgers, but not Apple. Apple competes with Apple. Nobody else. They aren’t even in the same ballpark. I can’t imagine Steve Jobs giving a damn what MS or Google are doing.

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