Bloodbath: iPad’s destructive reach extends further faster

“The iPad’s destructive reach seems to be extending further and faster. Apple’s tablet is taking off at a breakneck rate,” Reuters Breakingviews writes. “Analysts now predict up to 40 million will be sold in 2011. With personal incomes and spending stagnant, it’s looking like a zero-sum game in consumer electronics. Forget PCs and netbooks. The iPad will eat into camera and GPS device sales too.”

Reuters Breakingviews writes, “How well the touch-screen gadget is really doing will become clear later this month when Apple reports its next set of quarterly results. But there are growing signs the company is selling way more of them than anyone outside Apple, or maybe even among Steve Jobs’ inner circle, had been anticipating.”

“But the volume of iPad sales means there will be more victims,” Reuters Breakingviews writes. “Early adopters of new consumer electronics typically have plenty of disposable income or spend a lot on gizmos, or both. The iPad is showing signs of extending beyond this base. It looks on track to become the fastest adopted consumer good ever. And that’s really saying something considering the competition includes the ubiquitous DVD player, and Apple’s own hyper-popular iPod and iPhone.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Famous Grouse” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Bloodbath.™

84 Comments

  1. The iPod and the iPhone were both somewhat hampered by existing products in the markets they were poised to invade. Even if those products were second-rate, they already had distribution, name recognition, fans and the like. Plus, most of the “early adopters” already owned one or more of these devices.
    The iPad wedged open, essentially, a whole new market. Sure, there were second-rate products kinda-sorta nibbling around there, but they were half-steps. Net Books and e-readers … doing only part of the job or doing the job not-very-satisfactorily. Lots of room to grow while the would-be “competition” tries to get its act together.
    I don’t expect to see any serious challengers until well after Version 2 is on the shelves. Well after, that’s my guess.

  2. The iPod and the iPhone were both somewhat hampered by existing products in the markets they were poised to invade. Even if those products were second-rate, they already had distribution, name recognition, fans and the like. Plus, most of the “early adopters” already owned one or more of these devices.
    The iPad wedged open, essentially, a whole new market. Sure, there were second-rate products kinda-sorta nibbling around there, but they were half-steps. Net Books and e-readers … doing only part of the job or doing the job not-very-satisfactorily. Lots of room to grow while the would-be “competition” tries to get its act together.
    I don’t expect to see any serious challengers until well after Version 2 is on the shelves. Well after, that’s my guess.

  3. Jdog,

    There’s always a bloodbath going on somewhere or another. Get used to it. It’s part of the human condition.

    You know the human condition? That’s the thing Liberals are always trying (and failing) to legislate or otherwise eliminate.

    That’s why they’re never successful. They naively try to make the world work as they wish it would be, instead of dealing with the way things are and working to harness them and take them in a positive direction.

    For example, the Libs wish everyone would “share the wealth,” but greed is an ingrained part of humanity, so the Libs end up quickly killing entrepreneurial spirit instead. Then the wealth dries up or goes into hiding until the fruits and nuts cycle recedes. The Libs make the poor poorer with their “solutions.”

    Anyway, back to the main topic: MDN said it first, long ago: Apple’s iPad will cause a bloodbath that reaches into markets far and wide. MDN was/is correct.

    Big party at my house on Nov 2.-3!

  4. Jdog,

    There’s always a bloodbath going on somewhere or another. Get used to it. It’s part of the human condition.

    You know the human condition? That’s the thing Liberals are always trying (and failing) to legislate or otherwise eliminate.

    That’s why they’re never successful. They naively try to make the world work as they wish it would be, instead of dealing with the way things are and working to harness them and take them in a positive direction.

    For example, the Libs wish everyone would “share the wealth,” but greed is an ingrained part of humanity, so the Libs end up quickly killing entrepreneurial spirit instead. Then the wealth dries up or goes into hiding until the fruits and nuts cycle recedes. The Libs make the poor poorer with their “solutions.”

    Anyway, back to the main topic: MDN said it first, long ago: Apple’s iPad will cause a bloodbath that reaches into markets far and wide. MDN was/is correct.

    Big party at my house on Nov 2.-3!

  5. Jdog, you may have a point. While the Reuters article is saying PCs, laptops, netbooks, GPSs and even cameras(!?) will be impacted, hurt, replaced, Apple likely can’t sell enough to destroy more than a few of the products in all those markets. Besides, an iPad isn’t really a great replacement for a laptop or desktop. Sure, a few brands will go under. A few more will lose prominence of place. For most, though, it will be a painful jab in the delicates … far from a “bloodbath”. OTOH … if the iPad is counted as “a Mac computer”, those sales numbers will truly soar! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Jdog, you may have a point. While the Reuters article is saying PCs, laptops, netbooks, GPSs and even cameras(!?) will be impacted, hurt, replaced, Apple likely can’t sell enough to destroy more than a few of the products in all those markets. Besides, an iPad isn’t really a great replacement for a laptop or desktop. Sure, a few brands will go under. A few more will lose prominence of place. For most, though, it will be a painful jab in the delicates … far from a “bloodbath”. OTOH … if the iPad is counted as “a Mac computer”, those sales numbers will truly soar! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. First 2010, then 2012, ya had to bring off-topic into the discussion, didn’t you? Good luck with all your hating candidates, your candidates who want to move more jobs off shore, your candidates who want to enrich the rich and impoverish everyone else. It is because of them, their policies and their greed that “There’s always a bloodbath going on somewhere or another”.
    When you die, you’d better hope there’s no H3ll there to greet you … Christ (et al) sure won’t let folk like you into Heaven! OTOH, you’ll find lots of company there.

  8. First 2010, then 2012, ya had to bring off-topic into the discussion, didn’t you? Good luck with all your hating candidates, your candidates who want to move more jobs off shore, your candidates who want to enrich the rich and impoverish everyone else. It is because of them, their policies and their greed that “There’s always a bloodbath going on somewhere or another”.
    When you die, you’d better hope there’s no H3ll there to greet you … Christ (et al) sure won’t let folk like you into Heaven! OTOH, you’ll find lots of company there.

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