I agree with you 100%; I have iPad Mini (1) and it runs great with iOS 9. This year I plan updating to a mini 4 or even a Pro , just for the new technology not because of the lack of performance of my current product.
jkichline wrote: »
The reason sales aren't going up is simple... These devices work and continue to work. We still have about 2% of our app user base on iPad 1 and nearly two thirds on iPad 2. Apple continues to support iOS 9 on the latter which means people are a) satisfied with their purchase b) use it in their daily lives c) don't have a need to upgrade. I'd rather have that because it's a long term customer.
My own experience mirrors what appears to be the general consensus here. I'm still using my iPad 3 (though I haven't switched to iOS9 as I think it's sluggish enough on iOS 8 as it is), and I'm even debating just getting an iPhone 6s Plus and foregoing a new iPad altogether (at least for the time being anyway).
Well that’s the rub Wall Street is obsessed over. Wall Street wants turnover, churn, new stuff being sold, growth, incessant growth. The very strengths you point out are considered weaknesses by analysts. Android devices have very little resale value, don’t last as long as iOS devices so there’s constant chucking of the old and buying the new. Not so with Apple as you point out.
All the hand-wringing about Apple's alleged lack of diversification (iPhone business painting them into a corner, and other nonsensical worries) virtually ignores the completely laughable state of affairs of other players, e.g.:
Just to name a few.
Meanwhile, Apple does everything from music, to watches, to phones, to Macs, to operating systems *designed specifically for the hardware they're supposed to run on*, and more, and is doing remarkably well (in some cases dominating, either in market share, or profit, or both) in all of these areas.
There's a palpable disconnect between analyst perspective and consumer reality when it comes to Apple.
Count me among those still on iPad 2, and in my case, it's a hand-me-down from my wife, a train commuter who upgraded to an iPad Mini.
I use it on my desk, in conjunction with my Mac, for one particular thing that Mac OS X doesn't have (certain Chinese-language dictionaries -- search for Pleco if you're curious). I also use it away from the desk, of course, mostly for things related to the visual arts, which is what I do. Will be buying the Pro as soon as it comes out -- the iPad 2 has been great, but I'm looking for the best possible integration between Mac OS X and the iPad -- specifically from the iPad to the Mac. So the Pro looks like it's made for me.
I read most of the comments on DED's recent editorial, most of which didn't address his core point: in contrast with Microsoft, Apple isn't trying to converge tablets and computers -- this certainly fits my case, where I want the best possible tablet and the best possible computer, and not some hybrid compromise between them.
I'm still using an iPad 2 and didn't notice any more slow down upgrading to iOS9, in fact I feel like iOS9 made it tiny bit more responsive. Not sure what others have experienced. Is it still sluggish? So much so, that I feel like I'm re-living dial-up all over again.
inkling wrote: »
The only real hardware gripe about iPads is their abysmal lack of an SD slot, which sticks users with the storage they initially bought.
I based my decision to stay with iOS 8.x.x on an article I read (I forget where) that recommended iPad 3 (and previous) users stick with iOS 8. Maybe I'll upgrade to iOS 9, and when it gets too slow, I'll just have to buy a new iPad.
The truth is, if you want to download pics from an SD card to your iPad, Apple has a solution for that. Otherwise, I have enough miscellaneous flash drives and SD cards floating around in my laptop bag with who-knows-what on them.
I have 2 iPads, a mini 1 and an iPad 3. Both work perfectly with iOS 9. Thing is, I seldom use them. Maybe once or twice a day for a few minutes. I have the mini at home on the coffee table in the TV room and the iPad 3 in my office. The iPads are great but I have no motivation to upgrade because they are not really significant computing devices for me as I prefer to use my Macs most of the time.
For certain Wall Street doesn't seem to know how to value Apple (as Apple doesn't operate like most other - or any other - company). On the one hand, as you note, Apple isn't just focused on selling as many "new device units" as they can no matter what. Wall Street doesn't like that. But Apple is valued like those producers - they are one bad unit away from total failure - that their could be & is increasingly likely to be a massive shift to non-iPhones in short order.
On the other hand, what Apple is doing is building a grow user base of products and ecosystem that keeps the user "in & upgrading" (although those upgrades are lengthening). That should be then valued more like a business that produces an annuity - like they value MSFT for its enterprise SW business - but Wall Street don't seem to be doing that either.
Well, you certainly seem to be the most concerned person in the world with Apple's image. You post relentlessly about what each person is saying what about Apple, how that could be bad for Apple, and how Tim Cook needs to do more to protect Apple's image/reputation/whatever. So much so that you believe an initiative to sell more iPads into the enterprise (so Apple can sell more iPads and make more money) is a bad idea because "someone on the Internet" is saying that it is an example of Apple failing.
Another issue for iPad sales is that the announcement of the iPad Pro undoubtedly stalled some good part of the sales at the end of the quarter as people postpone purchases waiting for the new model to be delivered. Next quarters iPad sales may actually go up YoY. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The iPad Pro is certainly a more compelling upgrade for folks with older models. It also may drive more people into the space with the pencil input capability and larger screen.