iPad's 'Cannibalization' of Notebook Computers Disputed

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    Market research firm NPD has released the results of a new survey disputing the common assertion that Apple's iPad is 'cannibalizing' the PC notebook industry. According to the survey, only 13% of iPad customers made their purchase instead of buying a PC. A larger target for the iPad has been e-readers, with 24% of iPad purchasers reporting that they replaced a planned e-reader purchase with the iPad.

    The survey also unsurprisingly revealed that iPad purchasers are more likely than the general population to own other Apple products, with 38% of iPad purchasers also owning an iPhone and 48% owning a Mac. The survey has, however, seen a slight dip in Mac ownership from the initial wave, moving from 50% in the first two months of availability to 45% in more recent months, indicating that the iPad's appeal seems to be broadening beyond the core base of Apple fans.
    Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn made headlines earlier this month with his ambiguous claims that the iPad was cannibalizing sales of notebook PCs by "as much as 50%". Dunn and Best Buy quickly back-pedaled, although he and Best Buy president Mike Vitelli have continued to confuse things with their follow-up comments.

    NPD's Stephen Baker has also written a blog post highlighting some results from the iPad owner survey such as what users are doing with the iPad (Internet browsing, email, and games), their likes (portability, easy Wi-Fi connections, e-reading, and apps), and their dislikes (lack of USB ports, printing, and multi-tasking).

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  2. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

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    I think ill believe the guy who has actual sales data.
     
  3. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    the best buy CEO made his comments right about the time the iPad came to Best Buy. he was trying to get the herd instinct stimulated. everyone is buying it so i better get it as well
     
  4. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    He should have known better than to give hard numbers. Vague terms like some, significant etc. are much better in that you have a lesser chance of needing to recant.
     
  5. IMPMAC macrumors member

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    while he is true, most of the things we buy are not things that we actually "NEED"
     
  6. m4c1nt05h macrumors member

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    i must be missing something about these reports.

    how can the ipad cannibalize Notebook sales when you need a computer to set it up? i guess more people have desktops than notebooks and are using them to set the ipads up?

    :confused:
     
  7. Full of Win macrumors 68030

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    I'd trust sales numbers over a poll any day of the week.
     
  8. NebulaClash macrumors 68000

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    heh, people sure are suddenly being defensive about iPad sales.
     
  9. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

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    Are you saying that households who own 1 computer never buy a 2nd?

    Are you saying that households with 1 computer never plan on upgrading it?

    Yes, you are missing something....
     
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    You answered your own question. I had a MBP (early 2006) and I gave it away because I bought an iPad and I found that I was using my iMac at home and iPhone on the road but I needed a bigger screen so I did not "upgrade" my to a newer MBP.
     
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    I think that it's a bit too early to say for sure. Let's wait and see what the situation looks like a year after the iPad was introduced.

    Also, how are the Android devices going to affect the Notebook/Netbook market?

    Say it isn't so .... please. :D
     
  12. kennmac macrumors newbie

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    This is a misleading statement. Just because customers were not intending to purchase a PC, does not mean that the iPad has not replaced this share of the market. If a customer responds that they had no intention to purchase a notebook PC, this can simply mean that the market is changing, there are newer and more convenient alternatives to suit their needs, and thusly, notebook PC's were not being considered in their search. The means the newer technology, (ie. the iPad, eReaders) has vastly changed the market we're used to, and does not necessarily mean that customers are still interested in notebooks the way they always were.

    Markets change, get over it.
     
  13. gsmumbo macrumors regular

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    Wait, from what I understood the Best Buy CEO had clarified to say that he was talking about netbooks, not notebooks. In fact all the comparisons I have heard have been about netbooks.
     
  14. herbhalstead macrumors newbie

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    well - I sold my iPad to get a Macbook Pro... I wonder how prevalent that is.
     
  15. GQB macrumors 65816

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    um, because you can use a desktop, not just a notebook?
     
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    There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. :D
     
  17. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

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    So 13% bought an iPad instead of a PC.

    I wonder how many of the total iPad purchasers will forgo buying/upgrading any computers in their homes within the next year based on their iPad purchase. Obviously, that data would have to be collected a few months after purchase.

    My point being that I think most purchasers will find that they will use their desktops, laptops, and portable devices far less as a result of the iPad purchase. This could lead to future cannibalization.

    Just a thought.
     
  18. m4c1nt05h macrumors member

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    ok, that's what i thought. makes sense.
     
  19. JGowan macrumors 68000

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    Who bought/buys an iPad (or computer for that matter) for one function? Did the survey allow for multiple choices or only one? I know I sat up and took notice when Steve Jobs demo'd the iPad in late January and said it would do 7 things better than either a smartphone or a laptop:

    Email
    Internet
    Photos
    Games
    Music
    Video
    eBooks

    Then I knew that the App store would bring that number way up and pre-ordered. I have never looked back or regretted the purchase (and I bought the 3G/64GB model.) Money well spent.
     
  20. GQB macrumors 65816

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    All I can really judge by is our own experience.
    We have a modern iMac (ours) and an pre-Intel iMac (daughter's.)
    We'll need to replace our daughter's soon, and not long ago we would have probably gotten her a laptop to start high school.
    But I've been using the iPad since rollout, and frankly laptops are no longer a part of the equation. My desktop use has dropped 90%.
    We may get a 27" iMac and give her our current one, but the only reason for that is the bigger monitor for slingbox viewing.
    By the time she starts high school next year, I guarantee that she'll be able to do everything she needs remotely with an iPad and bluetooth. I asked specifically, and no one in the house has any interest in a laptop now. Its desktop or iPad.

    So for us, the iPad has definitely eaten one laptop sale.

    YMMV.
     
  21. PBUser167 macrumors member

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    My favorite is that "figures don't lie, but liars figure". :D
     
  22. Thex1138 macrumors 6502a

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    :D
    I bought my iPad, sold my PC Laptop and bought MBP... in that order...
     
  23. callme macrumors regular

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    Since when does 'NEED" come in to buying an iPad, it is a 'WANT' device!!
     
  24. Vulpinemac macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't used my iBook or my MacBook Pro since I bought my iPad. Even when I took both on vacation, my wife used the MBP only once and I never touched it.

    My primary computer is an iMac Extreme driving dual displays.
     
  25. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Or people already own an older notebook or desktop and instead of upgrading the bought an iPad...
     

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