While gulping down the details of Apple’s latest financial performance (hint to those just arriving from Jupiter; they were very good) I came across what could be a speed bump or road block in Apple’s path to fame, glory, and riches.
Apple announced that it sold just over 21-million iPads in the most recent historic quarter. In other words, iPad sales were down. Again. Why? It must be all those competing tablets from HP that are causing market discord.
What $100 Buys
In a clear indication that success can be measured many different ways, Apple announced that it sold just over 21-million iPads in the most recent historic quarter.
Wait. Am I repeating myself? What’s the clue here? Simply put, Apple has numbers. Hard numbers. Numbers of units sold.
Yet, research ruffians and market prognosticators point out that Apple’s tablet market share has diminished to nearly negligible numbers. Who’s taking up the slack?
Apparently HP. You know, Hewlett-Packard. Invent. HP sells Windows PCs for a few hundred dollars but also has a Windows tablet and an Android tablet, each for less than $100.
Uh huh. That’s $100. As in, you can buy five of these little blister pac throwaway monkeys for the price of a single iPad Air. What you get just cannot be denied. We’re talking high class plastic here. And cameras measured in pixels.
Everything about the HP 7 G2 screams $100. Non-Retina display, Android KitKat, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (half that of the iPad Air), dual cameras (only one measured in megapixels; as in 2 megapixels), a five-point-five hour battery, and a slower standard Wi-Fi.
But it’s $100.
Is it any wonder HP is having trouble making any money?
Wait! There’s more!
Another $100 will get you an HP Stream 7 tablet running Windows 8.1. Specifications are similar to the HP 7 G2 Android tablet, but it runs Windows on an Intel CPU instead of an ARM CPU. Oddly, battery life is better and storage is doubled.
Even better, the Stream 7 comes with one year of Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal (a $100 value), so that makes HP’s diminutive tablet mostly free.
How Apple Prospers
How is it that Apple can prosper in the face of $100 tablets and $200 Windows and Chrome notebooks?
This is so easy it’s embarrassing. Well, maybe not for me, but it should be for anyone crying gloom and doom over Apple’s continually improving revenue, profits, and market share growth.
Plenty of people throughout the earth will be happy with an inexpensive plastic tablet (or notebook) that works for awhile but causes more grief and harm than it does bring joy and happiness and productivity. But there’s a growing element of the populace– regardless of country– that aspires to something better.
That’s where Apple lives. From Mac to iPhone to iPad, Apple prospers because it consistently delivers an improved ownership experience that goes beyond plastic, beyond cheap, beyond throwaway (do you know anyone who’s thrown away a working iPad?) and delivers an experience that cannot– let me reiterate this; CAN NOT– be delivered by a $100 device.
There are enough of us in the world to appreciate what Apple does that we stand in line to buy the latest from a company that has raised technology to an art form. And what do the poor of the world, those whose gadgetry lives are surrounded by blister pac throwaway plastic devices aspire to own?
Something from Apple.