You’ve read about them here and many other places: The “channel checks” conducted by research analysts to prognosticate what Apple may be doing in the future. Now, the questionable practice has fallen under the watchful eye of the Federal government.
A new report on the tablet market will ring a sour note with the onslaught of tablet makers trailing in Apple’s wake -- the iPad is dominating the market big time, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
It's beginning to look like nothing can stop the rise of Apple's star this year. Despite, multiple lawsuits, the iPhone 4's antenna woes, leaked product snafus and the bad press surrounding a few of their suppliers, the company's stock value shot up from $390 to $429 a share after yesterday's revelation of the Cupertino-based company's latest financial report.
If Apple’s competitors need a reminder of what an uphill struggle they face trying to dethrone the iPad, look no further than some new figures from analysts showing that the iPad is being adopted by buyers faster than many other popular consumer electronics, including the DVD player.
Apple and Rovi have inked a “multi-year agreement” which allows Cupertino to license chunks of Rovi’s intellectual properties. Rumors are now running rampant that the move may signal Apple’s change of direction, from downloaded TV shows to live television and maybe even a DVR.
Customers who preordered their 2010 model iPod touch after they were announced last Wednesday are starting to get shipment notifications today. Meanwhile, a market research firm estimates that more than 45 million iPod touches have been sold to date out of the total 120 million iOS devices in the market.
The iPad has launched Apple into third place in the market of portable tablet computers. The Cupertino-based company is currently surpassing the likes of other tech giants, such as Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, and even Dell.
Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore believes that investors will really look at tablet computers when assessing consumer technology trends. "When including the iPad as part of the [notebook] market. Apple leapt over Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell in terms of global unit share," he writes.
Just a few short years ago, most folks would have laughed if you had told them that Apple would be sitting so pretty in 2010. Despite consistent upward growth with their Macs and iPods, few could have seen the approach of the iPhone and now iPad, which at least one analyst seems to think has put Cupertino at the top of the PC industry heap.
Supply problems overseas are putting a crimp in the availability of iPhone 4s, creating big headaches for Apple at the same time that iPad availability is finally improving, flying past the three million mark in July.