Apple has the reputation of bringing ground-breaking gadgets that have went on to become big game changers in the IT and entertainment industry. Previously, the company did it with cutting-edge gizmos like iPod and iPhone, and now the electronics giant appears all set to recreate the same magic with its tablet computing avatar, popularly called iPad. However, the device made its appearance among much brouhaha, with a section of industry enthusiasts even expressed doubts on the utility of such a device, particularly when the IT space was swayed by cheap and handy netbooks. In fact, the credit crunch further tilted the bar in favor of these small computing screens. Nonetheless, Apple remained unfazed during the shaky times, and above all, it stuck to its instincts. Its persistence eventually bore fruits in the guise of iPad, which is now reportedly exerting heavy pressure on the PC industry.
According to a recent research note from Gartner, as many as 19.4 million units of tablet computing gadgets would be sold in the year 2010. And there are no points for guessing who’d have the lion’s share in this. The research note further anticipated a substantial rise in tablet PC sales in the coming years, with the sales figure expected to reach 54.7 miliion in 2011, 103.4 million in 201, and a mammoth 208 million in 2014. The research report from Gartner is further corroborated by findings from another survey major IDC. The two research companies claimed that the niche created by the iPad has led some consumers to think twice before buying new PCs. This has caused a considerable plunge in PC sales this year.
Besides, it’s not only the PC segment which would bear the brunt, but the advent of iPad would also impact the sales of other mobile gadgets, such as e-readers and mininotebooks. Incidentally, Apple has sold a whopping 3.3 million units of iPad during the first three months of its launch, whereas the figure further rose to 5 million units in the following quarter, according to sources. This could be taken as an overture to the kind of success iPad could achieve in the foreseeable future.
Although iPad is expected to give a hard time to PC and mobile devices segment, low-end consumer notebooks running an open-source OS, say Android, would suffer the least from the new trendy swings, says Gartner. In addition, the research firm went on to say that 7-inch tablets could even impact the smartphone section.
Now, it’d be interesting to see how Apple deal with the situation caused by the arrival iPad, as it is also posing some significant threat to its Mac range of PCs and MacBook notebooks. Whether it will throw its weight exclusively behind iPad, or spruce up the MacBook range to keep its usefulness intact is yet to be seen.