The laptop market is already threatened by the iPad?

According to an analyst at UBS, the tablet will affect sales of Apple notebooks, entry-level.

Unhappy to have cannibalized sales of netbooks, the iPad would now hurt the entire industry of laptop. The blog of the Wall Street Journal AllThings Digital quotes from Maynard Um, an analyst at UBS.
ipad vs laptopsAccording to him, “sales of traditional laptops feel the pressure of the iPad pushing manufacturers to launch competing tablets. For Um, it’s the sales in the entry-level segment that would be most affected because the rates of the iPad compete with the top prizes of laptops.

The analyst, however, tempered his remarks by stating he did not think that the Apple tablet simply cannibalizes PC sales because it lacks some technical attributes yet (USB, webcam …). “However, customers who purchase an iPad are likely to delay the replacement of an existing PC” concludes Maynard Um.

He believes that this pressure is expected to continue next year and he predicted that Apple would sell 28 million iPad.

iPad 2: production prepares for launch, early 2011

ipad 2Asian manufacturers of touchscreens and reinforced glass would now validate their supply contracts with Apple for the next iPad generation.

Several months before the launching of the iPad 2, Apple should start organizing production. And this seems to have already begun. According to information from Digitimes, several Asian manufacturers of components are currently validating their contracts.

This would include suppliers of touch screens and glass reinforced by 9.7 inches, which indicates that the screen size of the tablet should remain unchanged. Cando, Chimei Innolux, TPK, Touch Solutions and Wintek are part of the industrials cited by Digitimes.

According to the Taiwanese source of this information, Apple has planned to launch the iPad 2 during the first quarter of 2011. A timing that would fit with the habits of Apple since the iPad was announced on January 27.

The only certainty on this new iPad is that it should incorporate a front camera in order to support implementation FaceTime.

Which iPad to choose?

Now is the time to decide, if you got an idea of the prices, you might still have two questions: what capacity to choose from, and what connectivity (WiFi or 3G).

Choosing iPad capacity

The iPad is available in 16, 32 or 64 GB, with prices significantly different. At first glance, the 32 GB iPad is a good compromise, because you might not have time to complete them before a second generation of iPad.

Unless your music library includes tens of thousands of songs, or you might want to store videos, the ability to dream of bigger capacity is useless.

For those who would use their iPad for use only web & mail, the 16GB version is just fine.

iPad capacity and connectivity

iPad 3G or WiFi?

To answer this question, the price difference between models being about 120 $ higher for the iPad 3G, you must ask youself what use you will make of the iPad:

- Most likely, because of the dimensions of the gadget, you will use it only at home: sitting on the couch, watching TV and surfing with the tablet. – Remember that if you already have an iPhone 3G, it’s still easier to carry in a pocket. But, if you have 3G your PC or Mac, the question may arise … by comparing the packages offered by your 3G operator for your iPad and your PC or Mac.

If you intend to use your iPad outside, the question remains as free Wi-Fi networks are increasingly available … including most areas currently covered by 3G.

Remains whether the battery (announced for 10 hours of use) will hold its promises (rather interesting for a laptop), and of course, know the final bids offered by different operators.

One thing is certain, the iPad will be more difficult to justify as “business expenses” unlike iPhone, because it looks more like an entertainment tool than like a working device. Unless, in fact, specific professional applications will emerge in the coming months for the iPad … which is very probable.

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