Apple's iPad has been a huge
success for the company. The 9.7" device -- which is
available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities in both Wi-Fi-only and
3G versions -- has reinvigorated consumers' interest in tablet
devices and competitors are readying their entries into the field.
IPads have been selling at a furious
pace, and after only initially being available in Apple Retail
Stores, Apple's online store, and Best Buy, Apple is now spreading
the wealth to Amazon.com
Target will also start a new promotion
on October 17 which will give Target credit card holder a 5 percent
discount on the purchase of any iPad. For those that purchase a 64GB
iPad Wi-Fi, that would amount to a discount of $35.
Those who purchase from Amazon.com can
get a "discount" of their own -- that is if they live in a
state where Amazon doesn't have a business presence -- thanks to
there being no sales tax on the purchase price of an iPad. However,
if some states have their way, this is a loophole that
will be soon closed.
Apple's iPad will be receiving an
update this November which will bring it in line with its iPhone and
iPod touch siblings. IOS 4.2 will bring third-party multitasking,
folder support, and wireless printing to the iPad.
RIM has announced its oddly named
"PlayBook" which is being
marketed as a business tablet. The device features a 7"
display, dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs the
BlackBerry Tablet OS. Likewise, Samsung is close to releasing its 7"
Galaxy Tablet which runs Google's Android 2.2 operating system.
quote: The Xbox, whether you think so or not, IS a success. The Xbox entered a highly competitive and saturated market, and is now creating a loyal fanbase through the use of its Xbox Live platform. It continues to sell at a steady rate, and new accessories are being made in order to boost its fanbase and profits.
quote: Windows Phone 7 has its own advantages that will gather its own market, such as Xbox Live, Office and Zune integration
quote: But what is the criteria for success. Just selling a lot of stuff doesn't make you a success - as Nokia is discovering.
quote: MS have invested billions and made millions. Even if Xbox sales growth continues at the current rate (unlikely but possible) MS will need another two decades of sales just to recoup the capital it has invested.That makes no business sense.
quote: If the Xbox was a stand alone product and company it would have gone bust. The fact that MS has a mountain of cash from its cash cow ageing product lines such as Windows and Office means they can carry such a dire performance but it doesn't make the Xbox a business success.
quote: It doesn't sell in enough numbers to do that, integration with other MS products is poor (although it has slowly improved) and crucially MS has few other products to take forward a living room strategy.
quote: MS is not a consumer or device company, deep down they don't have a vision for the living room just a vague notion (like the sleep walking monopolists that they are) that they want to take over the living room and make lots of money. How they would make a lot of money is pretty vague and thus they have no strategy. This means that MS doesn't have a viable strategy to exploit the Xbox success. So as a strategic investment the Xbox fails.
quote: The sad fact is that after two decades of trying to diversify if you took away Windows,Office and Servers and Microsoft had to run a business based on everything else they do do they would be a small floundering company with poor profitability teetering constantly on the edge of financial losses.
quote: Compare and contrast this to Apple which in the last decade has entered three entirely new (for Apple) markets (music players, phones and tablets) already full of established and large competitors, completed disrupted and reshaped those markets and made gigantic profits in each of them. Thats what being successful looks like.