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Digitimes forecast says iPad sales could fall to a record low this quarter, dropping 20% year-on-year

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Digitimes Research has predicted that iPad sales could fall this quarter to their lowest level since 2011.

Apple is expected to ship 9.8 million iPads in the first quarter of 2016, historically its lowest quarterly level, with decreases of 39.1% on quarter and nearly 20% on year.

There are a couple of issues with the forecast – the first being the patchy track-record of the source, and the second being that the ‘historic low’ claim isn’t quite accurate if you include the first year or so, as the above graph from Statista shows.

But the graph does show something else …

Namely, that the claim is a plausible one. Remove the seasonal effect – sales always jump in the holiday quarter (Apple’s fiscal Q1) – and what we see here is a solid two-year decline. Fiscal Q2 sales declining from 19.48M in 2013 through 16.35M in 2014 to 12.62M in 2015. Project that line out into this year and the 9.8M number looks feasible.

The decline does, of course, need to be put into perspective. Digitimes still gives Apple by far the greatest share of the tablet market, at 21%, with Samsung some way back at 14% and everyone else in single digits. Even the iPad Pro, the most niche product in the range, looks likely to have sold more units in a single quarter than all the Microsoft Surface units ever sold.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has consistently said that he remains upbeat about the long-term prospects of the device, with our own Zac Hall recently laying out the reasons he thinks this is a reasonable view. The expected launch of the iPad Air 3 next month should also help the numbers, but not in this quarter.

Do you agree that the iPad can bounce back? Or do you see the decline continuing? Take our poll, and share the reasons for your view in the comments.


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February 17th

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The iPad Pro’s Display Is Great–But Not the Greatest

When people think of tablets, they think of iPads. To some people, the word “tablet” basically means “iPad.” So it’s a big deal when Apple creates a new one. With the new iPad Pro, Apple’s finally created a tablet that’s supposed to be professional grade, but does that self-imposed accolade stand up under extensive testing?

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November 17th

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That iPad App Will Not Fry Your Baby’s Brain If You Follow These Rules

The “NO SCREENS UNTIL 2 ” guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 has practically inscribed itself onto the foreheads of new parents. Now, the AAP says its position has “evolved,” and released a more nuanced set of guidelines when it comes to babies and screen-based media.

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Alissa Walker

October 27th

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Giving iPads to young kids akin to child abuse, doctor says

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Giving an iPad, or any other tablet, to kids under two is akin to child abuse because the digital world presented on the screen may distort the way they perceive reality, a psychologist claims.

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Chris Smith

September 24th

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Siri Has a Lot To Say About Apple’s Big Announcement

Apple’s next event is September 9 and there’s lots of speculation about what they’re going to announce. iPads ! iPhones ! Apple TV? Instead of hanging your head about wondering, why not just ask Siri? Well, she’s not telling, and she’s being quite coy about the whole thing.

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Alissa Walker

August 27th

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Yahoo ending support for mail & contact syncing on older Macs and iOS devices

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Yahoo announced today that a few of its services will no longer be support on older Macs and iOS devices. The changes will impact Yahoo Mail with Apple’s built-in Mail app on older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, and Yahoo Contact syncing on Macs running older versions of the desktop operating system. The changes will take place later this month on June 15th.

Starting then, Yahoo Mail will only work with Apple’s built-in Mail app on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 5 or later. Yahoo says it is dropping support for iOS 4 and older versions to focus on security and functionality and points users to mail.yahoo.com to continue using the email service on older devices.

On the Mac side, Yahoo will no longer support contact syncing on systems running OS X Lion 10.7 or earlier to address security and speed concerns. Yahoo says users will need to use the web version to access contacts after the upcoming change.

Other services not specific to Apple hardware including Yahoo Pipes will see changes as well. You can see the full list here.


Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac, Tech Industry Tagged: iOS 4, iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Macs, OS X Lion, Yahoo, Yahoo Contacts, Yahoo Mail

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Zac Hall

June 4th

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Apple’s iOS 9 Could Herald A New Future For Older iPhones And iPads

iphone-4S-Siri1 Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

May 22nd

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iPad outage affects a “a few dozen” American Airlines flights

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Two years ago, American Airlines replaced the paper versions of its cockpit documents with iPad flight bags on all planes. At the time, the airline touted that the switch would both save money for the company and make the lives of pilots easier. This evening, however, more than several dozen American Airlines flights have been affected by an iPad-related outage. Many flights have been delayed and passengers forced to exit the planes.

“Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” American Airlines wrote on Twitter. According to various user reports, iPads went blank for both captains and copilots. In order to resolve the issues, pilots had to return to the gate and connect to the WiFi. American Airlines says that the outage is not limited to just 737s like initially thought, but rather is random and affecting a variety of flights.

It’s unclear how many flights are still being affected by this iPad outage, but some users have reported on Twitter that they’ve been able to take off. The issue was centered around an update that was pushed 4 days ago, according to one pilot.

American Airlines deployed some 8,000 iPads in 2013 to replace paper in the cockpit. The switch allowed pilots to ditch more than 35 pounds of paper documents. Now, all documents are stored on iPads for captains and copilots.

 


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April 29th

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Apple + IBM add 8 new enterprise iOS apps, first for industrial products & healthcare industries

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Through its MobileFirst for iOS initiative, Apple and IBM have added 8 new enterprise apps for designed exclusively for iPhone and iPad. The latest apps developed as part of the partnership between the two companies include two new industries: healthcare and industrial products. The 8 new apps brings the total of MobileFirst for iOS apps to 22, while the two new industries now totals 10 including banks, law enforcement, travel, and retail. Here are the latest iPhone and iPad enterprise apps from Apple and IBM.

The 8 new enterprise apps and two new industries join the three IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps that launched early last month during Mobile World Congress and the first set of enterprise apps unveiled late last year.

Apple first announced the partnership with IBM last July as an effort for Apple to sell more iPhones and iPads to enterprise customers by creating apps for specific industries using IBM’s big data and analytics expertise.

Those industries now include healthcare, industrial products, banking and financial markets, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, energy and utilities, telco, law enforcement, and social programs.

Healthcare is a new industry for the IBM MobileFirst for iOS program and includes a total of four apps.

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The Hospital RN app for iPhone frees staff nurses from multiple pagers and phones, and gives them the ability to access any patient’s records from anywhere in the hospital. With iBeacon technology, Hospital RN accurately identifies patients by location so nurses can easily access their records and provide appropriate care.

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The Hospital Lead app for iPad has all the information charge nurses need right at their fingertips. Push notifications deliver escalated tasks efficiently, so they can be assigned to a staff member with a tap. Prioritized task lists allow issues to be reported, delayed, delegated, or marked complete.

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The Hospital Tech app for iPhone keeps nurse technicians closely connected to their care teams, so patient tasks are handled quickly and safely — and help is always a swipe away.

Home RN

Home RN for iPhone helps nurses deliver great quality of care outside the hospital. iPhone and iOS make it easy for nurses to add photos, videos, text, and audio notes to the patient’s record. Push notifications to the patient’s care team make sharing progress simple and fast.

The industrial products industry gains its first iOS enterprise app.

Rapid Handover

The Rapid Handover app for iPad makes it easy and intuitive for an industrial-products foreperson to document and share information with incoming shift members. Critical data including production goals, equipment maintenance, and crew lists are available at a glance in the moment of engagement. The photo and dictation capabilities on iPad capture issues like broken equipment and safety hazards.

The travel and transportation industry gains one new app with an Apple Pay connection.

Ancillary Sale

With the Ancillary Sale app for iPhone, flight attendants now have the power to take in‑flight service to a whole new level. Flight attendants can sell seat upgrades, food and beverages, and duty-free merchandise — all while in the air. And passengers can conveniently complete the transaction with Apple Pay or the swipe of a credit card via in-flight point-of-sale systems.

The retail industry gains a new iPad app.

Order Commit

With the Order Commit app on iPad, planning for the perfect product assortment just got easier. Merchants can access important metrics on financial targets and sell-through while in the office or on market trips.

Last of the new enterprise apps, the insurance industry includes a new app for iPad.

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Risk Inspect makes insurance inspections more accurate and reduces the need for costly repeat inspections. With the camera on iPad, inspectors can capture photo and video of any site while on the job.

The unveiling of the latest IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps fulfills Tim Cook’s promise in January of adding 14 apps and three industries through the partnership this quarter.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Apple pay, Enterprise apps, Healthcare, IBM, industry products, iPads, iPhones, mobilefirst, MobileFirst for iOS

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Zac Hall

April 1st

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FiftyThree Makes Popular Creativity App ‘Paper’ Free Of Charge

FiftyThree_Pencil_Drawing_context FiftyThree, maker of the Paper app and the accompanying Pencil stylus for the iPad, is shaking up its strategy by dropping the price of every feature in its app to zero. Read More

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Kyle Russell

February 5th

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