Even before MacBook Air, Western Digital warns of Apple hit due to iPad

Apple Online Store“Western Digital Corp. sought to reassure investors about the slowing hard-drive business on Tuesday, as the advent of tablet computers eats into computer demand,” Alex Dobuzinskis reports for Reuters.

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“The company, which is struggling with waning consumer sentiment, also projected sales below Wall Street’s estimates during the normally strong holiday quarter,” Dobuzinskis reports. “Chief Executive John Coyne said tablets such as Apple’s iPad — which use flash memory rather than hard-drive storage — will reduce growth in shipments of low-end laptops and netbooks by 10 to 20 percent over the next few quarters.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Very reassuring, John. Bet he just loves the new MacBook Airs.

48 Comments

  1. You have to love this stuff.

    “Apple’s iPad … will reduce growth in shipments of low-end laptops and netbooks by 10 to 20 percent over the next few quarters”.

    HOW CAN THIS BE?
    • the iPad is not a computer RIGHT?
    • the iPad is a niche device RIGHT?
    • the iPad is not meeting the talking heads expectations RIGHT?

  2. You have to love this stuff.

    “Apple’s iPad … will reduce growth in shipments of low-end laptops and netbooks by 10 to 20 percent over the next few quarters”.

    HOW CAN THIS BE?
    • the iPad is not a computer RIGHT?
    • the iPad is a niche device RIGHT?
    • the iPad is not meeting the talking heads expectations RIGHT?

  3. Absolutely an incorrect question to ask, ab initio. The iPad is all of these and more, for now, and will become one indelibly ingrained in everyone’s head in three years. The iPads will be the eponymous equal to the “PC” has been for the past 25 years or so. It will be like Hoover is today, or worse yet, Xerox!!!

  4. Absolutely an incorrect question to ask, ab initio. The iPad is all of these and more, for now, and will become one indelibly ingrained in everyone’s head in three years. The iPads will be the eponymous equal to the “PC” has been for the past 25 years or so. It will be like Hoover is today, or worse yet, Xerox!!!

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