Report: Apple's iPad to copy iPhone in eating up lion's share of profits

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in iPad edited January 2014
Financial analysts at Goldman Sachs report in graphic detail that Apple has inhaled the bulk of profits of the global mobile phone business with iPhone, and now appears poised to do the same in tablets with the iPad.



Despite selling a small 3% minority of the world's mobile phones, Apple has surpassed the earnings of RIM, Motorola, Nokia, HTC and Sony Ericsson combined, and is estimated to widen its lead in the future, according to Goldman Sachs research cited by the Financial Times (presented below).



The details of Apple's rapid and furious assault on mobile phone competitors were presented as the setting of what Apple is now doing with the iPad, which has wildly succeeded in a market that nobody has been able to do well in before.



Sharing the same App Store as iPhone and iPod touch, iPad offers a strong market for software that attracts consumers while also creating a vibrant market for developers, the report notes. That's something no other smartphone platform has done well, not even Google's Android Market, where there are now tens of thousands of apps but where most apps are freeware, there's no real oversight governing quality, malware or production values, and there's not even a paid software business model outside of a few countries. Even platform advocates note that Android versions of smartphone apps lag behind the features and updates of iPhone titles, and that isn't likely to change as long as the market feels like a hobbyist experiment rather than a real store like iTunes.







The research also highlighted the "instant on" functionality and all day battery life of iPad, features that can make it more attractive to businesses than notebooks. "This is in sharp contrast to existing PCs," Goldman wrote, "which typically take 15-60 seconds to resume from a standby or sleep state."



When the firm asked 90 hedge fund chief technology officers about their plans to replace notebooks with tablets, nearly a third replied that they expected to ditch more than 25% of their notebooks over the next two years and adopt tablets, while more than two thirds reported being sure about plans to transition at least some number of notebooks.



Winners and losers



The firm wrote that Apple appeared to be the primary company benefitting from the interest in tablets, given its strong leadership position. Other companies that were likely to cash in on the vibrant interest in tablets include mobile processor designer ARM and other iPad component vendors, including Samsung, Infineon, Broadcom, and Linear.



The research note also identified a series of companies aversely affected by the boom in tablets currently being eaten up by Apple's iPad. First on the list is Microsoft, "given the impact of lost Windows sales and its lack of a competitive tablet response." Intel and AMD are also cited as losing out as ARM-based mobile devices replace conventional x86 PC-based notebooks and netbooks. Additionally, hard disk drive makers were expected to lose out as tablets like iPad shift toward solid state storage.



Other losers in the tablet market included RAM maker Micron (as tablets require less memory), netbook manufactures like Acer and ASUSTeK (as interest in mini-notebooks rapidly declines), and vendors that sell ebook readers, netbooks, and consumer notebooks, including Barnes & Noble, RadioShack, and Best Buy.
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    addicted44addicted44 Posts: 826member
    The irony is that with all the effort and money Google is putting into Android, no one is making money off it.



    The only people who are making money off Android are:



    1) A few developers

    2) HTC

    3) Microsoft (HTC pays them to use Android to avoid patent issues)



    Google will probably end up losing more money since Android users were probably going to buy phones which used Google search otherwise anyways (Blackberry, iPhone) and they have encouraged Apple, which sells the most popular mobile smartphone in the world, to start looking outside the Google world. Hence the addition of Bing as an option (won't be too long before Bing or Yahoo becomes the default) and purchase of multiple Map vendors, etc.



    Apple, on the other hand, has created a vibrant ecosystem where a lot of developers, and accessory makers are being able to make a good sustainable living.



    Finally, I find developers' stances on Android Marketplace vs. the App Store quite interesting. They keep hating on the App Store, while ignoring the fact that its Apple's tight control (although, admittedly, inconsistent, something they need to fix) that allows them to be compensated for their efforts. On Android, OTOH, its very easy for someone to rip off their ideasand createa copycat app. While this also happens on the App Store, its not as prevalent. Worse, however, is the ease and frequency with which Android users pirate apps. The only way you can do this on the iPhone is through jailbreaking, which form a very minor proportion of users.
  • Reply 2 of 44
    freddychfreddych Posts: 266member
    I own an iPad and it is the most awesome thing that I own right now. Unfortunately for AAPL though, the Tablet market won't be close to the smartphone market in the near future if ever. While it's a nice revenue driver for the product, the long-term impact on bottom line for Apple won't be much.
  • Reply 3 of 44
    This is hardly surprising. No one else is selling tablets, not in any volume at least.
  • Reply 4 of 44
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,280member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Daniel001 View Post


    This is hardly surprising. No one else is selling tablets, not in any volume at least.



    Yeah? Remember those things called 'netbooks'?
  • Reply 5 of 44
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,280member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freddych View Post


    I own an iPad and it is the most awesome thing that I own right now. Unfortunately for AAPL though, the Tablet market won't be close to the smartphone market in the near future if ever. While it's a nice revenue driver for the product, the long-term impact on bottom line for Apple won't be much.



    Not today, but five years from now -- God only knows what it would look/feel like and what its functionality will be -- it could be a very different story.



    Today's iPad is simply a placeholder for what's to come.
  • Reply 6 of 44
    kibitzerkibitzer Posts: 1,114member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    Not today, but five years from now -- God only knows what it would look/feel like and what its functionality will be -- it could be a very different story.



    Today's iPad is simply a placeholder for what's to come.



    Agreed. But for the time being, what a helluva placeholder it is!
  • Reply 7 of 44
    jetzjetz Posts: 1,293member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    Yeah? Remember those things called 'netbooks'?



    Tablets = Netbooks? Since when?
  • Reply 8 of 44
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,166member
    Others still don't know what hit them. MS still think they can sell Windows 7 as a tablet OS and Google still deciding what to copy.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    Yeah? Remember those things called 'netbooks'?



  • Reply 9 of 44
    jetzjetz Posts: 1,293member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Daniel001 View Post


    This is hardly surprising. No one else is selling tablets, not in any volume at least.



    +1



    That said, I actually think the gap is bigger on the tablet side than the phone side. I own a Nexus One. But if I do get a tablet any time soon, it'll be an iPad. The advantage of Apple's app ecosystem is far more apparent on the iPad, imho.



    And the restrictions seem to matter much less. I can accept restrictions on what's essentially an entertainment device. I am a lot more picky on restrictions on a device that's supposed to be an essential productivity tool.



    I am still eager to see what the competition comes up with and how Apple improves the iPad. I am holding off till next year (till I can see how Android responds), thought I might get the girlfriend an iPad this year.
  • Reply 10 of 44
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    Originally Posted by Jetz View Post


    Tablets = Netbooks? Since when?



    Since the time the actual numbers will come out, let's say at the end of 2010.
  • Reply 11 of 44
    sendmesendme Posts: 567member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Financial analysts at Goldman Sachs report in graphic detail that Apple has inhaled the bulk of profits of the global mobile phone business with iPhone,







    And yet they claim that the iPhone has Doomed Apple!
  • Reply 12 of 44
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Maybe after the iPad drops to a price point more palatable to the masses... say >US 300.00 to start.
  • Reply 13 of 44
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jetz View Post


    Tablets = Netbooks? Since when?



    Not Even Close...



    I truly enjoy my iPad, but few (if any) widget/apps come remotely close to matching the power/flexibility of actual applications running on a full-fledged operating system like Window or Linux.
  • Reply 14 of 44
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,166member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Maybe after the iPad drops to a price point more palatable to the masses... say >US 300.00 to start.



    Yeah.. Apple is having difficult time selling them
  • Reply 15 of 44
    esummersesummers Posts: 953member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Maybe after the iPad drops to a price point more palatable to the masses... say >US 300.00 to start.



    $300 isn't very much these days. They have a plausible price. The price will stay the same while the iPad continues to get more memory, resolution, and features. Don't expect there to be a price drop. Apple has never done that to any significant extent before. They definitely will not do it for a product that hasn't matured yet.



    I'd say the price isn't a barrier. Enterprise customers and consumers are buying these like crazy.
  • Reply 16 of 44
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by esummers View Post


    $300 isn't very much these days. They have a plausible price. The price will stay the same while the iPad continues to get more memory, resolution, and features. Don't expect there to be a price drop. Apple has never done that to any significant extent before. They definitely will not do it for a product that hasn't matured yet.



    I'd say the price isn't a barrier. Enterprise customers and consumers are buying these like crazy.



    Nonsense... The iPhone and the iPod Touch's price dropped precipitously (for the same capacities) after the first generation, as will the iPad.



    In the 'real world' US 500.00 for a device of such paltry capacity (16gb), and that can't really function as an autonomous computing device (as all netbooks and bargain notebooks can) is a highly questionable investment.
  • Reply 17 of 44
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post


    Yeah.. Apple is having difficult time selling them



    Not to the 'Apple faithful', but hardly to the average consumer who can easily get a real computer/netbook (complete with large hard drive, multiple USB ports, web camera, media card reader, a library of millions of Windows applications, et al) for half-the price of a 16gb iPad.
  • Reply 18 of 44
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Not to the 'Apple faithful', but hardly to the average consumer who can easily get a real computer/netbook (complete with large hard drive, multiple USB ports, web camera, media card reader, a library of millions of Windows applications, et al) for half-the price of a 16gb iPad.





    Can you supply me with data that proves that people are purchasing netbooks at the volume and rate that the iPad seems to be slip-sliding out of the brick and mortar stores and from the e-tailers worldwide (as far as Apple has released the iPad)?



    Stats please..



    I have yet to find a 7 to 10 day wait, much less 2 weeks for a "real computer/netbook". Maybe it is because there is so much stock available - for some reason.



    Just the facts, please.
  • Reply 19 of 44
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,166member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Not to the 'Apple faithful', but hardly to the average consumer who can easily get a real computer/netbook (complete with large hard drive, multiple USB ports, web camera, media card reader, a library of millions of Windows applications, et al) for half-the price of a 16gb iPad.



    I see we are exactly on schedule. Stage two already.
  • Reply 20 of 44
    sendmesendme Posts: 567member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Not to the 'Apple faithful', but hardly to the average consumer who can easily get a real computer/netbook (complete with large hard drive, multiple USB ports, web camera, media card reader, a library of millions of Windows applications, et al) for half-the price of a 16gb iPad.





    That's just a list of specs. iPad does everything better than a netbook.
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