Apple’s iPad is anything but doomed

“Tis the season to dis the iPad,” Ted Landau writes for Macworld. “What’s going on exactly? How could a product that has been such a huge success, the leader of Apple’s march to the ‘post-PC’ era, suddenly seem like week-old turkey leftovers?”

“Don’t forget that a slight decline in sales is not the same thing as low sales,” Landau writes. “As Tim Cook pointed out: ‘In the last 12 months, Apple sold 68 million iPads.’ That’s nothing to sneeze at.”

“For many users and circumstances, the iPad remains the best choice among all of Apple’s devices,” Landau writes. “This will not change for the foreseeable future. In the mobile market, there’s room enough for iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks to all be successful.”

Much more in the full article here.


      1. iPads are the future of human interation with whatever electrics/electronics people have in their homes.

        Why should we have half a dozen or more remotes for the entertainment center, one for lights and one for the ceiling fan?

      2. Says the person who calls hisself ‘pee wee’…
        The fact that friends of mine with iPads have very responsible and demanding jobs shows you’re just a jackass.
        And a dummy.

      3. Swordmaker’s and Kathy’s proposed diagnosis for the new ICD-10 addenda:

        90210 iOS Munchausen’s Apple-Plexy Syndrome (MAPS), The overwhelming compulsion to post negative, judgmental, aggressive, and false commentary on any website thread related to Apple products wherever found, including phobic reaction to projected Apple user euphoria. First and subsequent encounters.

    1. It’s the final two weeks to Christmas, and final Christmas presents are being purchased. One SIMPLY MUST spread as much FUD about iPads as possible to scare potential gift givers as one can into buying second best products. No other explanation is needed or necessary.

  1. It will get so bloated with trying to do too much for everyone that it gets gummed down like Windows and updates get so complicated that it locks up and crashes all the time. iPad needs to stick to the knitting!

    1. Paul, you have a serious condition. Please refer to the diagnosis above to give to your psychiatrist or psychologist: 90210 Munchausen’s Apple-Plexy Syndrome (MAPS). You need serious help. Go immediately to a mental health facility and check yourself in for treatment. For your peace of mind, I suggest you find one without any electronic devices of any kind. You need to take a complete break.

    1. That’s the reality. They’re built so well they just keep on going. Unless you absolutely have the need for the latest and greatest there’s no incentive to buy a new one because the older models just don’t break.

      1. So true. We have am iPad 2 and an iPad3 in the house and the only even slightly compelling reasons to upgrade are: 1 the new ones are just so powerful and cool and 2 we’d like to only use Lightning connectors for charging. Those are both pretty lame and I’ve been able to resist so far. But my hand is getting shaky every time I get close to a 1-click button.

        If Apple would offer a gold case with a black bezel then it would be over. School colors and all. Irresistible.

      2. My iPad 3 is still running, even after the abuse of a 7 year old. lol.
        My iPad Air runs very nicely. I did have to get it replaced (started blue screening and crashing, even during a restore, if you can believe that), but the replacement has been great!

        While the iPad Air 2 has gotten solid reviews, I see nothing compelling that would make me upgrade already. iPads have good life in ’em. Period!

  2. This is the problem with our society, increasing growth becomes the norm, so even maintaining the same levels of growth not just selling the same amount then gets classed by some as failure. Of course, the same idiots blindly ignore the utter failures everywhere else and give them a free pass.

    Apple could be responsible for every penny spent on anything worldwide and they’d get complaints about lack of growth.

    1. Always looking for increasing growth is a huge problem with Wall Street. Almost every product finds a natural sales level at some point but that doesn’t mean the product is dead or useless. It makes sense that there are only so many mattresses that can be sold but it certainly doesn’t make them useless or failures. They have a very long product cycle and almost nothing can shorten that cycle. These people who link slowing growth to failure are just plain ignorant.

      I once had a high-end Sony color TV that lasted 20 years and only had to have a couple of inexpensive internal components replaced over that period of time. It was an excellent TV and by no means a failure. I simply got rid of it when I heard the picture tube needed replacing and it wasn’t worth it when I could easily buy a newer, more modern Sony TV. There are more important things to consumers than a company’s growth potential. Repeat customers are important. Quality products that last a long time are very important for the ecology.

      Selling high-end products in the tens of millions and have a long, useful lifespan should not be taken lightly by anyone sane. It doesn’t make sense for any responsible company to build short-lived disposable products for the sake of selling more product.

  3. Well… Now that chcken shit weasel Doug Kaas declared that he’ shorting AAPL going forward… All the little cheapskate trolls are out again…

    See you all aroung the ankles idiots – iPad rules the world OK!

  4. Competitors would give their left nut to have a product like the iPad. Sales might be decreasing YoY a bit but that doesn’t mean that it’s selling badly. It’s still the premier tablet in the market, the only one worth a damn.

  5. I LOVE my iPad. I think their issue is they don’t give the true value of a cellular iPad. I previously had wifi only iPads, but found the cellular is so much more functional and useful than the wifi model.

    It’s equivalent to the difference of having an iPhone over an iPod touch! Before this year’s model, I only had the wifi version, and I gave in and got the AT&T cellular one this year with a 4GB plan.

    Before I kind of lost interest in my older wifi iPads, but I use this thing EVERYWHERE and more than ever.

    But I think there is something very special about cellular devices. Nobody upgrades an iPod touch, but everyone upgrades their iPhone. Maybe the same can be said for upgrade frequency on cellular iPads over wifi iPads.

    Do you think Apple should focus on more differentiation between their cellular model over the wifi model iPads, and why or why not?

    1. Mike, I agree. I have only had cellular enabled iPads since the day the first one came out. . . and the GPS ability alone gives them a functionality leaps and bounds over their more crippled WIFI only cousins. I seldom use the GPS on my iPhones, preferring the larger map area of the iPad and it’s easier viewing lying on the seat next to me if I want to glance at it while driving. The extra price is not a consideration for me, but $130 is chicken feed for almost anyone for the benefits.

  6. I picked up iPad Air2 this weekend in India, after using iPad2 for almost 4 years the difference to the hardware is startling(weight and ease of using it), maybe more so because I did not bother to upgrade every year.
    If apple iPad sales are getting hit that could be because of their 56 iPad offering, that means they are selling the first generation iPad mini which I think runs the same processor as the iPad2 and iPad 2 with iOS 8 really sucks, I found out that firsthand the moment I fired up the iPad air2. How will Apple convince people who are buying the first generation iPad mini to ever upgrade to newer iPad’s if they don’t enjoy using it after paying through their noses? Apple can do better by reducing the prices of the newer iPad’s instead of peddling older hardware with less memory.
    I remember Apple under Steve jobs making the best hardware every year instead of selling older hardware to make more money. Once you make the best you will get people to buy in. When you sell 100’s of Millions of hardware you can afford to reduce the prices of your products to get market share.
    Certain things of Steve Jobs thoughts are definitely worth following and implementing your ideas along with that thought process.

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