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Perspective: iPad Pro blew past Microsoft Surface as soon as Apple could make enough of them, IDC says
It may not surprise you, but Appleâ€™s new 12.9-inch iPad, which many would have you believe is the companyâ€™s first to compete directly with detachable and hybrid tablets/laptops, outsold Microsoft Surface and other detachable tablets, according to the report:
This quarter was unique as we had new detachables in the market from all three of the major platform players,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. “Despite lukewarm reviews, the iPad Pro was the clear winner this season as it was the top selling detachable, surpassing notable entries from Microsoft and other PC vendors. It’s also important to note that the transition towards detachable tablets has presented positive opportunities for both Apple and Microsoft. However, Google’s recent foray into this space has been rather lackluster as the Android platform will require a lot more refinement to achieve any measurable success.”
IDC claims Apple â€śwas able to curb the decline in iPad revenues as its model mix shifted towards higher priced iPadsâ€ť with a successful iPad Pro launch, but it doesnâ€™t share any of its specific data on iPad Pro sales versusÂ iPad or Surface sales in general in its report.
The win for iPad Pro, IDC notes, comes as worldwide tablet sales are down -13.7% year over year to 65.9 million units in the last quarter of 2015 and to 206.8 million for 2015 from 230.1 million in 2014. Apple, however, holdsÂ its lead in the tablet category overall despite a -24.8% year-over-year decline. Apple soldÂ 16.1 million iPads in the last quarter of 2015, putting it in the lead ahead of number two Samsung with 9 million units shipped (as highlighted in IDCâ€™s chart above). And hereâ€™s a look at the outcome for tablet shipments for the year based on IDCâ€™s data, which puts Apple in first position with 49.6 million units shipped (-21.8% year over year), followed by Samsung, Lenovo, ASUS, and Huawei:
The iPad Pro is the first to come with an Apple-made detachableÂ keyboard and a screen size in the territory of hybrids like Microsoftâ€™s Surface, which is presumably why IDC puts it in the â€śdetachable tabletâ€ť category, but some would argue the Pro isnâ€™t exactly a directÂ hybrid competitor â€” since it doesnâ€™t come with a keyboard, still relies on Appleâ€™s iOS mobile operating system, and doesnâ€™t pack in as much processing power as the true laptop/tablet hybrids like Surface.
Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: detachabe, hybrid, IDC, iPad Pro, Laptop, Microsoft Surface, sales, tablet
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I donâ€™t like laptops. There, I said it. I donâ€™t hate them, but for years Iâ€™ve felt they can be improved in many different ways. So when Apple made the iPad Pro, I paid attention. Could this be the product Iâ€™d been dreaming of all this time? The short answer: No. The long answer: Also no. But it does have a few surprises.
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While Apple may have waited for the iPhone 5s before it introduced Touch ID, it’s been working on the technology since shortly after the launch of the original iPhone. A patent first filed in 2007 was finally granted today, and includes the use of a fingerprint sensor in laptops â€“ though the drawing Apple used to illustrate the concept seemingly dates back even further than 2007!
A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing final finger matching.Â […]Â FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an electronic device in the form of a laptop computer including a finger sensor and enhanced security in accordance with the present invention.
The patent also covers use in desktop computers, aka the iMac today, embedding the sensor into the keyboard …Â
The computer 10 is illustratively shown to be a laptop computer, but the present invention is applicable to other computers (e.g. desktop computers) as well.
It would of course be no surprise for Apple to add a Touch ID sensor to future MacBooks and keyboards after making the security system standard in iPhones and iPads. We haven’t yet seen any sign of this, however, with Apple having passed up an opportunity to add Touch ID to the new Magic Keyboard.
Via Patently Apple
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