Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
If price is not a problem with Macs then why do they still only have a 5-10% market share? The simple truth is that many people buying the iPad have come from the Windows PC world rather than the Mac world. Even Apple admitted that a significant proportion of iPad buyers are new to Apple. The reason they are buying the iPad is because it's affordable whereas they would not have bought a Mac in the past because they were too expensive compared to the average Windows PC.
You can call the iPad a cheaper Mac if you want. I still think that ultimately once the hype is over most people will continue to use a desktop or laptop as their primary computer with a tablet device as a secondary machine.
Do you realize what it means to produce 5% of all the computers in the world? Even 1% more is almost impossible to do because of production capacity and logistics.
As you know Apples Mac share is growing every year and if you look at the number of Macs produced its absolutely phenomenal.
If you look at the notebooks Apple has about 25% of the market in the U.S., and thats incredible for one company.
So its a fact that the price isn't a problem at all.
And Apple didn't 'admit that a significant portion of iPad buyers are new to Apple', because admitting it would be a negative spin.
But probably Apple did state that a significant portion of iPad buyers are new to Apple, as they did several times for the Mac.
This is of course a huge plus for Apple because people will be inclined to try other Apple products like Macs and this will increase the sales even more.
And no, no one is buying an iPad because they cannot buy a Mac.
Thats insane, because it isn't a complete replacement for a PC and seen as an expensive luxury toy (two of the most common heard negative comments).
The iPad is a distinct product and is better at some tasks than any Mac, its also used differently.
If you define primary computer as the one you use the most, the iPad is my primary computer already, and hype doesn't have anything to do with it.
When Apple releases an A4 pad it will be my only computer.