WOW! I have had two different iPads over the past year so I guess I am part of these statistics. The interesting part is that this is just the beginning. It will be interesting to see how much of the 90% market share will be lost to the competitors. Looking forward to next years stats.
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Jobs does make some very valid points in his comments on the Blackberry, Android and 7 inch tablets.
In addition to pointing out that Apple has surpassed RIM in selling smart phones Jobs also points out that RIM has not gone beyond sustaining innovation and to have any hope of catching Apple they must:
…move beyond their area of strength and comfort
RIM is the next text book example of the effects of disruptive innovation–I have been saying this for the past two years.
Perhaps the best part of the whole article was Jobs’ assessment of Android’s problems being an issue of fragmentation. He points out that the “Open” platform of Android is actually it biggest problem and as a result many Android apps only run on selected Android versions and on specific devices. In contrast Apple offers an integrated platform in which everything just works and the user doesn’t have to become a system integrator. While there is a fair amount of truth in the fragmentation argument and we have over a decade of evidence from the Linux world to attest to the hindrance of fragmentation we haven’t see a company as focused as Google involved in the development of and OS so there may be hope that Android will beat the odds and unite all parties.
Putting his biases aside Jobs makes some very relevant points and as the current leader of disruptive innovation he has earned the right to make the claims that he does and we should at least consider his arguments.
Jason Hiner the Editor in Chief of TechRepublic makes the argument that Microsoft’s misguided tablet is the apothesis of the company. Balmer’s notion that Windows 7 will run on Slate PC’s in 2010 has not and will not realized because a tablet PC are much more than just another form factor for Windows. All one has to do is look at the success of the iPad and the forthcoming Android tablets to see that these devices are much more like smartphones than they are like PC.
HP and ASUS have both dropped their intentions to create a Windows 7 tablet due to the excessive power consumption of Windows 7. Hiner goes onto blame the lack of leadership or poor leadership for Microsoft’s current plight. Perhaps this is just the latest example of the impact of disruptive innovation. The iPhone and now the iPad have radically changed the tech industry in the past 2-3 years so perhaps we are starting to see the beginning of the end of Microsoft’s dominance.
While this is something I don’t think I can do, seeing these notes help me to realize that the iPad has so much more potential than I ever imagined.
Motorola announced sales of 8.5 million phones in its spring quarter, dropping it below Apple’s record sales of 8.8 million iPhones and vaulting the Mac maker into position as America’s top phone manufacturer.
“One million iPads in 28 days — that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in a statement released Monday. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”
In several group discussions at the Educause 2009 conference in Denver last November there were still many who questioned the wisdom of choosing the iPhone as the platform for a mobile learning initiative. Perhaps now with Apple taking the lead in smartphone sales and the recent success of the iPad these questions will not be as significant and we can focus more time in your discussion on how we can use mobile devices to enhance learning.