Analyst thinks that the iPad mini will be the doom of other tablets

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by dgstorm, Nov 2, 2012.

By dgstorm on Nov 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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    iPad mini hasn’t even been out long and analysts are already predicting the new iDevice will prove to be the doom of rival tablet manufactures. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu feels like the iPad Mini will grow to be an immense threat to other brands of tablets.

    Wu thinks other manufacturers have done a lousy job at designing a device for the $400-and beyond sector. He feels that if Apple will release a tablet priced under $300, the situation would become even more dramatic.

    "We continue to believe iPad mini is the competition's worst nightmare and will likely slow down adoption of competitor tablets. In particular, we believe this could end up being a very tough holiday season for Windows 8,†said Wu in his note to investors.

    Even with iPads being priced starting with $399, Android tablets are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the tablets put out by Apple. Nevertheless, it is still unclear if Cupertino will decide to design a tablet whose price will be cut off as to reach the $199 segment which tablets like Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 rule at the moment.

    Wu also pointed towards Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet which he feels is extremely overpriced at $599.

    Even if the iPad mini was first rumored to be priced in the $249-299 range, Wu believes that the current price won’t affect the sales of the shrunken tablet. He reminds readers of what happened with the iPod mini and iPod nano.

    "This controversy reminds us of what happened with iPod mini and iPod nano. Both predecessors were criticized as being overpriced but went on to do much better than expected. The key reason being high quality at a reasonable price and we see something similar here."

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Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by dgstorm, Nov 2, 2012.

    1. KevinJS
      My own bit of amateur market analysis leads me to believe that there will be room for bit players until we reach the point of market saturation. Then the fun will begin. There will be a period where there will be several apparently viable contenders, but the market place will whittle them down to two or three. My guess is that Apple and Samsung will be the only vendors of tablets within five years. B&N, Amazon et al will become suppliers of application software on other platforms.

      Microsoft have an uphill struggle. Not only are they a very late entrant into the tablet field, they are not exactly renowned as a vendor of quality hardware. Without the adoption of Windows, itself a flawed offering which succeeded only because there was little serious competition, MS would have foundered years ago. Their last real piece of brilliance was buying Hotmail, and they could have done a far better job than they did with that. Gmail seems to be the web-based mail client of choice for many people, even though Hotmail predates it by several years.

      As far as I can see, the only hope for MS is their Office suite. If they have any sense they will make sure that you can only get it if you have a Surface, but should have Apple and Android versions available so that they can at least make something if the Surface bombs, as I'm sure it will. It took MS years to get Windows right, and I don't think the buying public will have much faith in their ability to hit the ground running in the tablet wars. Their track record suggests the opposite.

      Sent from my iPad using iPF
    2. The OB
      The OB
      It's a funny thing, as I read this (which is after all just one man's opinion), I say to myself "I'm really enjoying this iPad and all the things it does. It's just great, but I just wish, as I'm comfortably reading this in my lounge chair with the thing propped up on my not-over-slim stomach, Gee it would be nice if the iPad could be a bit bigger. Would love a bigger screen! Don't change anything! But maybe just a bit bigger, say even 13 inches?"
      The mini iPad, probably great on a bus or train, but for me not the way I use it. And that is not to disrespect any other person's preferences.
      But I'm not too sure it will cause the demise of any other larger tablet.

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    3. AQ_OC
      I have never found myself wanting a bigger screen on my iPad. What I do want, though, is for it to weigh less. I'm thinking the former factor here will make a huge difference to a lot of people. Plus, it is cute.
    4. BettiBz
      Wish I had known this before buying the I pad 2

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    5. CoreDump
      A Panda is cute too but I wouldn't want one as a pet. Apple seems to insist on making huge profits on the backs of consumers and the teenagers who make their products. There are other tablets which actually are more innovative and provide better features than the Ipad in either size. I was interested in the Mini until once again Apple decided to under-spec and over-price. Maybe in 6 months the New mini will go Retina and stun more uninformed people into shelling out large wads of cash to prop up Apple's falling market share.
    6. KevinJS
      I'm not sure that ANY consumer really has Apple's financial interests at heart when they purchase one of the companies offerings. You pay your money and you take your choice. That's the way of the market. If people are uncomfortable with the pricing, they have other choices.

      I don't know whether there will be an iPad mini with retina display, an iPad 5 or an iPhone 6 in 6 months time, but what I do know is that Apple will still be around to support the hardware that they are selling now.

      The teenagers who make their products live and work in a different economy. The rights and wrongs of using cheap labor economies have been debated ad nauseum. If I lived close to a Foxconn factory, chances are I'd be glad to work there. I wouldn't do it through choice, but those who do work there have little or no choice. Most people wouldn't want to do my job, and that's good too. In the western economy, that means I get a higher rate of pay that I would if everybody was flocking to my companies door to supplant me.

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    9. KevinJS
      Well, if you REALLY want to know what I think, I'll give it to you. I have no intention of getting political, and this should not be read as a political post in any way. It's purely opinion.

      I think NAFTA should introduce import tariffs of somewhere around 1000%, where a product could be manufactured in North America, and is manufactured overseas in order to take advantage of cheap labor "economies".

      IOW, design it in Cupertino, build the damned thing in Cupertino and ship it from Cupertino. Then congratulate yourself on really doing a few favors for the American economy.

      And if Samsung have an issue with that, there's plenty of room for them to build factories here too.

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