Has MBA cannibalized iPad Sales and Usage?

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    It is amazing to read so many of you got rid of your iPads to get the MBA. Is it the competitive pricing. Are any of you prospective iPad buyers now going for a MBA?
     
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    No chance I'm giving up my iPad. MBA would be an additional tool.
     
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    Its more than likely because they only needed a computer for basic web browsing, lightweight office apps and a real keyboard.

    They are almost all the same people who proclaimed the iPad was "perfect" as well when it first arrived. In other words...more susceptible to hype than most computing customers.
     
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    Not a "killer" at all!!!! These two products compliment each other and just grow the halo effect!

    That GIANT sucking sound is people being pulled into Apple stores. :)

    cheers
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    MBA definitely pulled in me in :D MBA is an offspring of the iPad (in relation to the back to the mac event). If an iPad 2 ever comes out it will be interesting to see the reaction
     
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    I debated between the MBA and iPad for a while this year including before and after the new MBA. I eventually decided on the iPad. I want something like my iphone only a little bigger and I already have a MBP which I recently upgraded the RAM and HDD in.

    So as nice as a MBA would be, I think it wouldn't benefit me nearly as much as an iPad.
     
  7. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    iPad would be my first choice for a portable web/email/gaming/video device.
     
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    One of the things that made the iPad really interesting was the new kinds of on-the-go, location aware applications mostly inherited from the iPhone. For the most part these applications are not available for the MBA yet. However, I have to believe that future MBAs will get a GPS and even start using WIFI pseudo-GPS in the interim.

    Personally, I'm not a big iOS fan. I have a webOS phone that is much more Mac-like than iOS. I've been using MacOS ever since MacOS 7.0 was released, so the Air is much more appealing to me. However, I would like to get the iOS kind of apps running on MacOS. That would be the best of both worlds.
     
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    Interesting view point as the iOS integration on Lion seems to be the logical way forward. But I have also read some negative comments for the Mac app store
     
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    The iPad and MBA are generally complimentary, although I am sure there is some substitution effect in both directions.

    The iPad needs a computer to maintain it, sync it, back it up, etc and while its a great consumption device (reading, looking, watching, listening) its much weaker when it comes to production. Sure you can take some notes or markup a document or even produce light weight work products but its not good at significant production due to limited interface, limited multitasking and capacity, limited software etc.

    The MBA is a fully functioning computer you can use all day ling for heavy production tasks (talking business tasks here not generating CGI movies) in a very small and light package not much bigger than an iPad (at least in the case of the 11.6" model).

    I'll continue to use my iPad for many consumption tasks, particularly long duration ones (10 hours beats 5 hours) along with light production tasks like meeting notes, emails etc, but the MBA is a great travel computer when you need to produce significant content as its a full functioning computer with good multitasking, multiple windows, full featured programs etc.
     
  12. Maziar macrumors 6502

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    I wont give up iPad for MBA,(even if buy a MBA) because each have different usages for me.
     
  13. Appleind thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good realistic comparison
     
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    I love my new 13" MBA, but I'm not giving up my iPad: the iPad is just too handy. They're very complementary devices.
     
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    Made for each other I suppose :D
     
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    Sorry did not mean to hurt you. There are so many pads out to kill iPad. Nothing has ever come close. Has it.
     
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    Funny how the majority of people on here say they would never give up their iPad for a MBA, don't even own a MBA (yet).
     
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    I hope you are not referring to me...

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    If not, who are you referring to?
     
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    Are you mixing this thread with another? The title of the thread is "Has MBA turned out to be an iPad Killer?"

    And the OP's opening statement:
     
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    Many previous iPad owners were merely wanting to get a lite version of Macbook. Now that Macbook Air 11" is out, they no long have to settle for the iPad.

    However, there are those who truly want a supersized iPod touch, like myself, for on-the-go web access. For this group of users, iPad and MBA can coexist. So i think the new MBA will affect the sale of iPads, but not 'kill' it.
     

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