May 31 2010

Apple Sells Two Millionth iPad

Wow. The iPad has turned out to be way more successful than I expected it to be. Apple has announced today that it has sold its two millionth iPad. Keep in mind that this milestone comes less than a month after the sale of the one millionth iPad and less than sixty days after the initial release of the iPad on April 3.

The iPad was released internationally and, according to Steve Jobs in a press release, “customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do.”

Apple has also announced that the App Store now has over 5,000 native iPad apps and over 200,000 apps total. Though Apple has not revealed specific sale figures for each of the iPad models or the number of iPads sold in specific countries, avid Apple watchers are hoping for such statistics at the Worldwide Developers Conference, coming up next month.

Via PC World, image via Apple.

Apr 25 2010

Apple May Sell 9 Million iPads in 2010

Yes, you read that right: 9 million. The iPad has not been available that long, but it has already seen some fantastic sales—all that hype made people crazy for it.

Chitika Labs, an advertising network, has said that Apple has sold over 1 million iPads. Though this is just an estimate, the methodology seems logical. Here’s how Chitika says it has calculated that figure:

– We count how many new, unique iPads we see coming through the Chitika advertising network
– We multiply that by how much of the Internet we see at any given time to figure out how many iPads in total are out there
– We look at where iPad traffic is coming from by state

This seems like a reasonable estimate—after all, Apple sold 500,000 iPads during the first week, so this would mean sales of roughly 250,000 iPads per week in the second and third weeks.

Assuming a rate of 1 million iPads a month, Apple could sell as many as 9 million (or even 10 million due to holiday sales) in 2010.

Via ZDNet, image via ZDNet.

Apr 21 2010

Apple’s Profit Rises 90 Percent

Apple’s second-quarter profit has risen 90 percent, mostly driven by the company’s incredible iPhone sales—nearly 9 million were sold, easily surpassing estimates. iPhone sales are up 130 percent from last year at this time.

Chief operating officer Tim Cook said in a phone call with analysts that the increase was mostly due to strong international sales, especially in Asian markets. iPhone sales in the Asia Pacific increased 474 percent year over year. Desktop sales were up 40 percent, but iPod sales were down 1 percent, though the total iPod profit was up 12 percent.

The quarter does not include sales figures for the iPad, which went on sale on April 3. During the phone call, Cook was asked whether the iPad could adversely affect sales of existing Apple product lines. Cook said that it was too early to tell and that Apple has been very thrilled with iPad sales so far.

Via MarketWatch, image via Apple.

Apr 16 2010

Apple Captures More Market Share

According to new research, Apple has seen huge growth over the year, selling 1.4 million Macs and having 8 percent of the market share. For the first three months of 2010, Apple was the fifth-largest computer vendor (HP, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba were ahead of it).

HP and Dell grew 7.1 and 7.2 percent over the span of a year, respectively, which is below the industry standard. HP has 25 percent of the market, Dell has 23.4 percent, Acer has 15.6 percent, and Toshiba has 8.6 percent.

Analysts have said that all the hype concerning the iPad helped Apple’s sales for the quarter.

Apple was not the company to have the most growth—its share grew 34 percent, but both Acer and Toshiba grew 50 percent year over year.

All the reported standings are within the US but the worldwide ones are not that much different, with the exception of Apple, which does not make the top worldwide vendor list.

Via ZDNet, image via Gartner.

Mar 14 2010

iPad Sales Exceed Expectations

Apple began taking orders for the iPad, which is to be released on April 3, this past Friday. By all accounts, the device now looks set to become a huge success. Estimates say that Apple received 120,000 pre-orders for the iPad on Friday alone.

Apple has not released any actual statistics yet, but analysts estimated the number of iPads sold by subtracting Apple’s typical online daily sales from Friday’s online sales. Of course there has been no official confirmation from Apple, but the estimate is probably reliable.

The purchasing appears to be evenly split between the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models. Seventy percent of the orders were for the WiFi only model, which is the model being due to be released on April 3 (the 3G model comes out later in April).

Via Examiner.com, image via Apple.

Feb 3 2010

iPhone Sales Fall

New research from an analytics firm shows that Apple’s iPhone sales are starting to decline. The cause of this? Android, the mobile operating system used in many smartphones, including Google’s own Nexus One.

Analysts have expected the iPhone to lose ground to Android for some time now. According to the latest research, the iPhone was 18.1 percent of global smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2009. This number dropped to 16.6 percent in the fourth quarter. Though Apple’s overall sales are doing well, its iPhone sales do not reflect the 26 percent increase in overall smartphone sales.

Part of Apple’s problem is that the competitor to the iPhone is not one phone—it’s a platform that can be used on many different smartphones.

Of course, Apple is not just going to leave the iPhone as a static device. The company is famous for its innovation and a new iPhone that will probably have many new fabulous features is due out this year. There is also the just-released 3.1.3 iPhone OS update that contains fixes and improvements for the iPhone.

Via PC World, image via Apple.

Jan 27 2010

Apple is a Phone Company

Judging by the latest figures on Apple’s sales, Apple is turning into a phone company. There’s no disputing the fact that the iPhone is popular and it is responsible for an impressive amount of Apple’s sales.

Under old accounting rules, Apple did not show most of the revenue related to the iPhone for two years, thus masking the iPhone’s true impact. But under new accounting rules everything has been revealed, and the iPhone’s influence is clear. The iPhone counted for 36% of Apple’s revenues in the fiscal 2010 first quarter. Computers and iPods were responsible for considerably less. The iPhone has been responsible for doubling Apple’s sales over the past three years. Though computer sales have increased, iPod sales have stayed the same.

There are definite advantages for the iPhone’s influence on Apple. There are many apps available for the iPhone in the App Store and the phone integrates well with iTunes. However, if sales slowed down due to competition, this could be troublesome for Apple.

Via The Wall Street Journal, image via Apple.

Oct 16 2009

Despite Lack Of A Netbook, Apple Breaks PC Q3 Shipment Trends

Gartner is says that, while netbook sales were responsible for the vast majority of PC shipment gains third quarter, Apple’s defiance of convention didn’t seem to have hurt its numbers.

Apple has repeatedly neglected the netbook market, breaking fanboyshearts again and again for over a year now. Despite claims that it would lose in the long run due to this attitude, Apple doesn’t seem to have taken the pain just yet.

One likely explanation for this phenomenon is support by a rabid base of customers, eager to pay premium for new Apple products. In the words of Gartner research analyst Mikako Kitagawa:

That is what they are built for, that is something no other PC vendor can do.”

Apple shipments grew year over year by 6.8%, topping off at 1.57 million third quarter. This put it in fourth place behind Dell, HP, and Acer. The overall market grew by 3.5% to total 17.82 million sales.

Acer has been the most star-struckĀ  by netbook sales, with shipments growing by an unprecedented 61.4% third quarter.

Via PCWorld.

Aug 7 2009

Apple Tablet/Netbook to Boost Company’s Annual Sales By $1.2B

Apple may be able to increase its overall sales by $1.2 billion next year if their planned tablet/netbook is successfully released. If the company sells 2 million netbook units at a price of $600 each, it would add roughly 3 percent to revenue, according to Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst in Minneapolis, MN.

Since Apple’s new tablet/netbook would offer a much larger screen than its current iPhone, consumers may also pick on up for its electronic-book reader capabilities. While the tablet would be about twice the price of a Kindle, it would also have the standard netbook capabilities, such as working with documents, surfing the Internet, and watching movies.

Munster says, “We believe Apple’s tablet would compete well in the netbook category though it would not be a netbook.” The device is expected to be released in early 2010.

Via Bloomberg.

Image via Innosight.

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