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.

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