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Corporate demand for Apple’s iPad increases

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Roughly one out of five companies plan to purchase tablets for their employees in the second quarter of 2012, according to a survey from ChangeWave Research. A whopping 84% of companies that plan to buy tablets said they would purchase iPads, a seven point increase from November 2011. When purchasing a connected tablet, 30% of companies would choose AT&T versus 29% which would rather have Verizon, while Sprint comes in a distant third with 4%. 11% of companies would choose a Wi-Fi-only slate. In anticipation of Apple’s third-generation iPad, corporate interest in the Apple tablet increased in February 2012, while demand for tablets from rival vendors decreased. Read on for ChangeWave’s press release.

Demand for New iPad Shakes Up Corporate Market

BETHESDA, MD – A recent ChangeWave Research survey of 1,604 business IT buyers shows the new iPad is already having a powerful impact on the corporate tablet market. ChangeWave Research is a service of 451 Research.

Going forward, better than one-in-five companies (22%) say they’ll be purchasing tablets for their employees during 2nd Quarter 2012, and the percentage reporting they’ll buy Apple iPads has jumped to the highest level of corporate iPad demand ever seen in a ChangeWave survey.

A total of 84% of companies planning to buy tablets next quarter now say they’ll purchase iPads – a 7-pt leap since the previous survey.

The impending release of the new iPad is also having an impact on business purchases of tablets made by other manufacturers. The ChangeWave survey shows an across-the-board decline in next quarter buying of tablets from other manufacturers.

Who is the manufacturer of the Tablets your company is planning on buying?

Among the competitors, Samsung (8%) is down 2-pts and continues to remain a distant second in planned tablet buying.

Other tablet manufacturers showing a decline in corporate tablet share since the previous survey include H-P (4%; down 1-pt), Asus (3%; down 1-pt), Dell (3%; down 2-pts), and RIM/Blackberry (3%; down 2-pts).

Corporate Tablets and Wireless Providers

ChangeWave also asked respondents from companies planning to buy tablets next quarter which wireless service – if any – their company will be using.

AT&T (30%; up 1-pt) and Verizon (29%; up 1-pt) are in a near dead heat as the top choice for wireless service among companies buying tablets, while Sprint (4%; unchanged) remains a distant third.

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Apple’s iPad HD may feature unbelievable new touchscreen tech

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Amid the inevitable rush of last-minute iPad rumors we’re trying desperately to avoid, one report in particular caught our eye. It suggests that Apple may include an emerging tactile technology in its third-generation iPad display that is as fascinating as it is unexpected. Speaking with Pocket-lint last week during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, touchscreen interface solutions developer Senseg seemingly hinted that Apple may be including the company’s innovative technology in the iPad 3, or iPad HD, as it may be named. Senseg’s technology allows touchscreen device makers to alter the feel of a screen to coincide with graphics being displayed at any given time. So rocks might feel rough, silk might feel smooth and the user might actually feel an object he or she is moving around the device’s UI. Read on for more.

“Senseg turns touch screens into Feel Screens,” the company said on its website. “With Senseg touch screens come alive with textures, contours and edges that users can feel. Using Senseg technology, makers of tablet computers, smart phones, and any touch interface device can deliver revolutionary user experiences with high fidelity tactile sensations. Your customers will Feel the Difference with Senseg.”

When asked if its technology might be included in Apple’s new iPad, a Senseg spokesperson replied that the firm “won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement.” While Pocket-lint takes that along with a number of other hints to mean we might see Senseg’s exciting technology appear in the third-generation Apple tablet that will be unveiled on Wednesday, there is still no firm evidence to support the speculation.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad at a press conference on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Pacific.

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Shanghai court rejects Proview injunction, okays the sale of Apple iPads

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The legal tussle between Apple and Proview over the iPad has swung in Cupertino’s direction. According to Ximin News, a Shanghai court has rebuffed Proview’s demand for an injunction halting the sale of the Apple tablet due to licensing issues. The Pudong New Area People’s Court made the decision yesterday, stating that there wasn’t enough evidence to support Proview’s claim of a trademark violation. There wasn’t enough to substantiate Proview’s claims that it still held rights to the trademark in China. Its Taiwan branch registered the trademark in several countries, with the Shenzhen branch registering it in China. Apple then bought worldwide rights from Proview Taiwan, which would have included China. Proview Shenzhen is now saying that they never authorized its Taiwan counterpart to do so, but Apple is says that it has Proview Shenzhen’s signatures on the paperwork. It looks like it’s going to get easier to grab that iPad in China. An iPhone 4S, on the other hand…

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Apple’s grip on tablet market said to be loosening as Android shipments tripled in Q4

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Apple sold more iPads in the fourth calendar quarter than it has ever sold before in a single three-month period, but the 15.4 million tablets it managed to move weren’t enough to keep Google from gaining ground. Market research firm strategy analytics on Thursday released its tablet estimates for the three months ended December 2011, and Google’s Android partners seemingly managed to triple tablet shipments during the holiday quarter last year. Read on for more.

Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple’s 15.4 million iPads shipped was good enough to capture 57.6% of the tablet market in the fourth quarter last year. In the same quarter a year earlier, Apple shipped 7.3 million tablets and accounted for 68.2% of the global market.

Google’s Android partners combined to ship 10.5 million tablets in the December quarter, good for a 39.1% share of the market. Android vendors shipped just 3.1 million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2010, which accounted for 29% of the market.

“Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 million in Q4 2010,” Strategy analytics analyst Peter King said in a statement. ”Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58 percent share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter.”

Apple’s iPad business is still growing rapidly, and chief executive Tim Cook said on a recent earnings call that Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire tablet had no impact whatsoever on Apple tablet sales. It appears as though a broader media tablet market is finally beginning to form around what had essentially just been an iPad market until recently, however.

Strategy Analytics’s full press release follows below.

Strategy Analytics: Android Captures Record 39 Percent Share of Global Tablet Shipments in Q4 2011

Boston, MA – January 26, 2012 – According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 27 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. Android jumped to a record 39 percent global share, while Apple iOS maintained its strong leadership at 58 percent.

Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 million in Q4 2010. Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58 percent share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android captured a record 39 percent share of global tablet shipments in Q4 2011, rising from 29 percent a year earlier. Global Android tablet shipments tripled annually to 10.5 million units. Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Asus and others have been driving volumes. Android is so far proving relatively popular with tablet manufacturers despite nagging concerns about fragmentation of Android’s operating system, user-interface and app store ecosystem.”

Other findings from the research include:

  • Global tablet shipments hit 66.9 million units in full-year 2011, surging 260 percent from 18.6 million in full-year 2010. Consumers are increasingly buying tablets in preference to netbooks and even entry-level notebooks or desktops;
  • Microsoft captured a niche 1 percent global tablet share in Q4 2011. The upcoming release of Windows 8 this year cannot come quickly enough for Microsoft, so its hardware partners can start competing more effectively in the tablet space.

Exhibit 1: Global Tablet Operating System Shipments and Market Share in Q4 2011

Global Tablet OS Shipments (Millions of Units)

Q4 ’10

Q4 ’11

Apple iOS

7.3

15.4

Android

3.1

10.5

Microsoft

0.0

0.4

Others

0.3

0.5

Total

10.7

26.8

Global Tablet OS Marketshare %

Q4 ’10

Q4 ’11

Apple iOS

68.2%

57.6%

Android

29.0%

39.1%

Microsoft

0.0%

1.5%

Others

2.8%

1.9%

Total

100.0%

100.0%

Growth Year-over-Year %

N / A

150%

The full report, Global Tablet OS Market Share: Q4 2011, is published by the Strategy Analytics Tablet & Touchscreen (TTS) service, details of which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/78qpf5u.

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iPad satisfaction rate at 84% according to new survey

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

While electronics vendors struggle to gain traction in the emerging media tablet market, Apple has managed to maintain a significant lead in the space despite an increasing number of rival offerings. Apple’s share of the global tablet market in the third quarter was estimated to be 61.5% by market research firm IDC, and it’s not just momentum keeping the company’s market share high. Apple’s user experience on the iPad has been touted by many as having a huge lead over rival platforms, and the majority of iPad owners seem to agree according to the results of a recent survey. Read on for more.

Wichita State University’s Software Usability Research Laboratory conducted a survey of iPad owners and found that 83.65% of users are satisfied with the tablet. 62% rated the Apple tablet as “excellent,” 21% said it was “good” and 10% of respondents said it was the “best imaginable” tablet. 4% of those surveyed said the tablet was “fair,” 2% said it was “poor” and another 2% called the device “awful.”

SURL’s study used a small sample set of 52 respondents, but the results mirror a number of larger studies that sought to determine users’ satisfaction level with the iPad. Studies conducted by ChangeWave have found the iPad’s satisfaction rating to be as high as 95%, and a recent user survey conducted by PCWorld determined that the iPad is “miles ahead of the pack in durability, ease of use, and features such as battery life, screen quality, and overall speed.”

The Software Usability Research Laboratory at Wichita State University also found that apps continue to be a big draw for iPad users — 46% of users have between 21 and 60 apps installed on their iPads — and web browsing is still one of the most common uses for the Apple tablet. Almost 90% of respondents said they browse the Internet daily on their iPads while less than 70% said they checked their email each day, the second most popular iPad function according to the survey, and just over 60% said they read the news on their iPads every day.

[Via The Loop]

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Belkin intros three ways to turn your iPad into a pricey kitchen accessory

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Belkin showed off a trio of accessories last night aimed at incorporating your shiny Apple tablet into your kitchen routine. At the top of the list is the Chef Stand + Stylus, a $40 table top stand with a rubbery stylus that lets you use the iPad without dirtying it up with your greasy mitts. The stylus lives in a holster on the stand’s rear. The $40 Fridge Mount turns the iPad into a $500 grocery list, securing the slate to your fridge door with 3M Command Strips. The Kitchen Cabinet Mount is the priciest of the bunch at $50 — but is arguably the handiest, or at least most versatile, clamping the iPad to a cabinet or shelf.

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Kno brings textbooks to iPad, millions of children now dread getting Apple tablet for Christmas

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

You know the old saying, right? If you can’t beat them, license your designs to third-party manufacturers and develop an app for your competitor’s hardware. Kno’s dual-screen tablet had a pretty tough road since its debut last summer. The educational device was plagued by shipping delays and low pre-order numbers, and by February of this year, the company effectively threw in the hardware towel. A few months later, Intel plunked down a bunch of money, so that Kno’s dreams might live on in the designs of other manufacturers. The company’s software plans are becoming a reality now, as well, with the release of Textbooks, which brings some 70,000 discounted educational titles to the iPad. The free app lets students read and organize texts, affix annotations, and communicate with study partners, offering creative new ways to pass notes in class. Press release after the break.

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TV Networks Hate the New Time Warner iPad App [Apps]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Sierra On-Line games hit iPad via web app, those old enough to remember them rejoice

Friday, January 14th, 2011

You may or may not be old enough to remember Sierra On-Line, makers of such fine games as Leisure Suit Larry, the King’s Quest, and Police Quest, but none of that matters anymore. Thanks to the folks over at Sarien, you now have access to these glorious titles via your iPad‘s web browser. The entire catalog has been ported over, and the games which were previously available via the web only are now there on your Apple tablet! The whole shebang is now hosted on Amazon‘s content distribution network, and the games have been extensively tweaked for that multitouch interface. Sarien hasn’t apparently been issued a cease and desist from Activision — owners of the catalog — yet, so get these free gems of yesteryear while you can.

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iPad 3G coming by May 7th

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Apple has just updated its online store with a shipping date for the 3G-equipped variants of its iPad. As you can see, all varieties of the hallowed Apple tablet should be out and about by May 7th — meaning that some deliveries could sneak out even earlier — and you can expect AT&T will be ready and waiting for you to activate that $30 a month unlimited data plan. Just for the European record, that means the iPad will be out in full force for American consumers three days ahead of the announcement of specific international availability. Ah well, at least that gives the UK and others hope that they might see the 3G and WiFi-only slates coming out at the same time, which should be somewhere around the end of May.

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Apple iPad giveaway!

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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What, you thought we’d leave our favorite people in the world high and dry? Not a chance. It’s a pretty big release date with the Apple tablet finally making it to retail status, and there’s not a better way to celebrate that. We have an Apple iPad to giveaway, and it’s a Wi-Fi 64GB model, too! Here are the official rules:

  • The giveaway is for (1) Apple iPad device (Wi-Fi model, 64GB, approximate retail value: $699).
  • The contest is open to anyone in the United States ages 18 and older.
  • We’ll run the giveaway until one week from now, April 10th at 11:59PM ET.
  • All you have to do to enter is leave a comment explaining why you think you should win — that’s it!

Good luck everyone!

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Apple Patents Touch Sensitive Bezel for Hot Corners Action [Apple]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I hate to say I told you, but I told you: The Apple iPad is exactly what I said it was going to be except for two things: Multitasking and the touch-sensitive bezel. Guess what Apple just did.

Yes, they registered a method to do the last thing. The US Patent and Trademark Office just published patent 7,656,393, which describes the use of a touch-sensitive bezel to bring hot corners up on the main screen.

An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control. The device can have a sensor for determining the orientation of the device. Based on the orientation, the device can alter the areas designated on the bezel for the controls and can alter the location of the visual guides for the display so that they match the altered areas on the bezel.

I’ve included an explanation of what their invention can do in the gallery:

This is pretty much what I already proposed in my Apple tablet user interface article, both as a solution for the positioning of the home button—which, as Mark points out, is awkward to use in portrait mode—and as a way to invoke different menus and switch between running applications. Whenever the hell they enable multitasking in the iPhone OS, that is.

You can see how hot corners may work using this sensitive bezel here:

We don’t know if Apple will finally implement this patent or not, but it certainly makes a lot of sense to make the iPad more powerful, while keeping the user interface as easy to use and intuitive as it is now.

[Patently Apple]


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Apple Tablet Event Liveblog – We’re Here [Liveblog]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 10am Pacific. The moment when Steve Jobs (or Phil Schiller) will step onstage and (probably) announce the Apple Tablet is almost here. Tune in NOW, so you don’t miss a bit of our liveblog.

So far, we’ve got our usual pre-game countdown, with observations of the line, celebrity look-a-like sightings, angry rants about how cold it’s going to be in SF, and photos of what people are wearing. Us? A tasteful Target and Walmart ensemble, naturally.

And if you’re a developer, work in the industry or are a member of the press that will be at the event tomorrow, email Brian Lam (his email’s in the masthead on the left <—) for info on a meetup tomorrow night. [Liveblog]


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Last minute Apple tablet leaks: images emerge, books to cost $12.99-14.99, $1 per episode TV shows?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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In the waning moments before Apple’s highly anticipated tablet event, a few last minute leaks are stirring up the excitement. First, we have some blurry pictures of a tablet device of approximately 9-10 inches in size running a version of the iPhone OS. The device is encased in a plastic housing, bolted down to a table and covered with a black drape. This cloak and dagger treatment is reportedly standard practice for any super secret Apple device so these images may indeed be the Apple tablet. Apple is also reportedly in last minute negotiations with book publishers and television studios to finalize pricing for its rumored tablet device. Apple is rumored to be pushing Hollywood to offer $1 per episode pricing on television shows in iTunes and is offering book publishers a pricing scheme that would set book prices at $12.99 to $14.99 for best sellers with a basement price of $9.99 for less popular books. Apple would reportedly take a 30% cut of all sales, leaving book publishers with a take home price of $10.49 or less. This could place them between a rock and a hard place with Apple offering a potentially larger audience with less revenue per book, or going with Amazon which offers greater revenue per book with its Kindle but may not have the reach and allure of this rumored tablet.

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Our live coverage of the Apple ‘latest creation’ event starts tomorrow at 10:00AM PT / 1:00PM ET

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple is supposedly set to introduce a tablet device (AKA the Apple Tablet, iSlate, etc.) at its latest event that will change the lives of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Sure, it could just be a fresh version of iLife and an 8GB iPhone 3GS, but we kinda doubt that. If you know what’s best for you, you’ll tune in for our minute-by-minute, live coverage of the event. There won’t be a better seat in the house… well, except for wherever Steve Jobs is sitting.

The show gets going on Wednesday, January 27th at 10AM PT.

You can follow updates on Twitter or Facebook as well.

Here’s the URL where you should park your browser, and below are starting times around the globe:

08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
03:00AM – Tokyo (January 28th)

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Apple Tablet Event Liveblog – January 27 [Liveblog]

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

10 A.M. PT, Wednesday, January 27, 2010. That’s when Steve Jobs (or Phil Schiller) will step onstage and (probably) announce the Apple Tablet. But you, you should tune in early, because our liveblog is going to start first thing.

We’ll have our usual pre-game countdown, with observations of the line, celebrity look-a-like sightings, angry rants about how cold it’s going to be in SF, and photos of what people are wearing. Us? A tasteful Target and Walmart ensemble, naturally.

And if you’re a developer or member of the press that will be at the event tomorrow, email Brian Lam (his email’s in the masthead on the left <—) for info on a meetup tomorrow night. [Liveblog]


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