Has success been redefined to make the iPad look like a failure?

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  1. Michael Goff, Apr 3, 2018
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    Any time I read about the iPad, and it’s usually around the time when sales figures come out, it’s portrayed as having failed. At roughly 40m a year, or on average 10m a quarter, I don’t see how this is possible to call the iPad a failure. If you put this in perspective of the almighty PC, you’ll notice that only two PC manufacturers beat that number for the year. HP and Lenovo are the only ones that sold more than 40m.


    I thought about the possibility that people are just comparing the sales to the iPhone, but that doesn’t really make much sense. Apple sells over 200m iPhones a year, something that few companies can boast. And even in those cases, it’s primarily smartphones. So to say that we should use those numbers as a metric of whether or not the iPad is a failure just feels like one of the most ridiculous things to me.
     
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    Who is "we" and "they"? Are you referencing an article or something?
     
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    Nah, I’m referencing a general trend of tech media and people on forums to constantly refer to the iPad as a a failure in terms of sales. It’s getting a little old.
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    I don’t know, are you missing something?
     
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    I typically don't read articles like that as I usually find them a little out of touch. For example, they may see a decline in sales as a failure even though the volume of sales is high. For me, I tried to love the iPad, but I am just not a tablet person. It was great to use during flight training but outside of that, it collects dust.
     
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    I try to understand the articles, try to come up with the why as in “why would you post such intellectually dishonest articles”.
     
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    I was missing something until you edited the OP. Thanks for clarification.

    Most forum members define the ‘growth’ of sales as the means to success. However, since iPads typically last 2-5 years without the need of upgrade, growth has been very slow. You’ll notice there are an whole lot of iPad 2 and iPad Mini 2 being passed around.

    Tablets in general are in a weird position. They are being compared to both the Mobile and PC categories; expected to achieve the groundbreaking sales and innovations that smartphones have every year; and present ‘PC’ like features and performance.
     
  8. Michael Goff thread starter macrumors G5

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    No problem there. I looked it over and realized I could make more sense if I touched it up a lot. Who would have thought that copying and pasting my quick point made on Twitter would make for a bad discussion?


    I’m confused by the growth argument. Like you said, iPads are typically used for a long time. Everyone isn’t like me, buying the newest iPad whenever it comes out. I had an Air, Air 2, Pro 12.9, and now a 10.5.

    And I had never thought about the weird position tablets are in. I mainly think of them as being PCs, not mobiles. They’re closer to them than smartphones.
     
  9. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    lol... I think i am..

    I don't use my iPad anymore... Either we have moved to other areas, or users are wising up
     

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