It’s now official, and as we predicted back in April this year – the iPad has not only sold millions of units and cemented itself as the only tablet computer in the market, it is increasingly re-shaping the overall PC market.
As Apple closes in on selling 10,000,000 iPads – yep that’s Ten MILLION units since May – reports and data are coming in that suggest that the iPad is affecting sales of PC’s, and more specifically Netbooks. Whilst various pundits and Fairfax hacks were telling anyone that would listen that the iPad would not be successful as a TABLET, the device is now asserting itself as a real choice to heretofore rusted on PC users, including business types. This is becoming uncomfortable news to the Major PC manufacturers – up until now, the only thought they were giving the iPad was in terms of how and when they would release their own ‘tablet’ pc in order to offer some type of competition. Now it seems that they have to seriously look at how the iPad is encroaching upon their traditional bread and butter – consumer turnover of hardware into sales of new PCs.
Apple just might have created a device that is more than a tablet or type of PC – it has created a monster. One to rule them all.