Will iPads become so sought after again?...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kal-037, May 14, 2019.

  1. Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    The market is flooded with iPads because they are built so well and last many years with iOS updates, people are not buying as many high end iPads as they did before as the cheaper ones are actually powerful enough for many folks.
    IMO, Apple should slow down or discontinue certain lines to bring their products back to the front of the line of “best tablet tech with more premium features.” With all the lines they have and release, so many people are good with the cheapest end models as iOS just flies with all iOS devices.
    We have the following iPad problem (*depending how you look at it of course)...

    1.) iPad 5 (stores still have stock since prices aren’t much different than the 6th gen.)
    2.) iPad 6
    3.) iPad Mini 4 (old stock due to price being so similar to the 5th gen. and other iPad choices.)
    4.) iPad Mini 5 (sales are probably lower because the mini 4 is still a reliable tablet and is only $50 less)
    5.) iPad Pro-3, 11” (Expensive entry price and 10.5” can still easily do many jobs.)
    6.) iPad Pro-3, 12.9” (Ridiculously expensive and has 11” and 10.5” to compete with.)
    7.) iPad Pro-2 10.5” (old stock that still floods stores because other choices and Apple made too many)
    8.) iPad Pro-2 12.9” (again stores are flooded with old stock due to, too many units and more choices.)

    Because so many of these models are built well, people are not buying as many high end iPads as they did before, and if they do the worth of them is probably 50% less (or more) than it was maybe 5-6 years ago.

    *I wonder if Apple realizes the slight problem here. lol

  2. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    I’m not sure this is a problem in the first place. There are many different options available right now, at various price points.

    This is similar to what we see with mobile phones. Old generations stick around for a year or two and become more affordable options down the line.

    The technology in tablets and phones has pretty much peaked for the most part, further improvements won’t be as big an advancement as they were in the early generations. I know a good bunch of people who have always kept their iPads for 3-5 years, and I believe that’s the majority of iPad users.

    Also, let’s not forget that iPad needs to be competitively priced in the lower end market in order to compete with notebooks, netbooks and other tablets.
  3. Richard8655, May 14, 2019
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    Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    That's why I'm willing to pay a premium price for iPads (or really any Apple product). They're built to a very high standard and tend to last quite a long time. I hope you're not implying that this is a mistake. And to the contrary, people are buying iPads for this very reason. If Apple did otherwise, they'd likely lose me and many others as customers.

    I think their product quality is what made the company reputable, profitable, and positioned in such an incredible financial state. It actually would be a problem if this changed.

    It will always be the standard, basic iPad for me. The best value and does most everything needed perfectly.
  4. VineRider macrumors regular

    May 24, 2018
    From Apple's most recent earnings call:

    “Our March quarter results show the continued strength of our installed base of over 1.4 billion active devices, as we set an all-time record for Services, and the strong momentum of our Wearables, Home and Accessories category, which set a new March quarter record,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We delivered our strongest iPad growth in six years, and we are as excited as ever about our pipeline of innovative hardware, software and services. We’re looking forward to sharing more with developers and customers at Apple’s 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.”

    iPad's are selling like hotcakes. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
  5. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    It depends how often update, for example I brought the 2015 iPad Pro and the 2017 iPad Pro. I will soon be buying the 2018 new design iPad Pro (I’m giving my mother my 2017 one).

    I really think it depends on what people do with the iPad and how often they upgrade. Also I wonder how many people are new to iPad when buying one.

    At the last earnings call iPad sales were doing quite good. The iPad saw a 22% increase in revenue, they hit $4.9 billion compared with last years $4billion. I would say either a lot of people upgraded to the new one or Apple attracted a lot of new customers.
  6. Kal-037 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Well okay then... I stand corrected and stupefied. lol

    I wonder which ipad’s Are selling most though, probably the 6th gen?
  7. VineRider macrumors regular

    May 24, 2018
    they don't release numbers on individual model numbers, so it's anybody's guess. Anectdotally, I think it's a mix of strong iPad Pro performance as well as solid sales on the low end iPad. Not to mention, the iPad mini 5 seems to be doing well also. Pure speculation on my part though.
  8. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    I don’t see this as a problem.
  9. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    From the tech-geek perspective, to hold on to an iPad long-term, you'll want it to be an all-screen model so that it's not confined to the legacy branch of iOS UI along with the iPhone 8 etc.
  10. MrRabuf macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2019
    This is a very good thing for us consumers.
  11. richpjr macrumors 68040


    May 9, 2006
    One thing they could do to steer (force) people to upgrade to the newer more powerful models would be to only support certain features (like advanced multitasking) in the new or pro models.
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    This would actually be by necessity. Multitasking requires more memory than a single app scenario. Better graphics, too, probably to support all the overlays, transparencies and animations on top of apps' native requirements.
  13. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    The amount of iPads That they now sell likely says there is a market for all of them....think for many the cheaper options will be enough for most.

    The mini I think is ideal for those who want a quick on the go device that can take notes for work...for me that’s why i’m Buying that one even through I have a 12.9 pro.
  14. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    How, exactly is this a "problem". Apples makes great Ipads. We can use them for years and years. People still buy them, they love them, they recommend them to others. On what planet is this a "problem'?
  15. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
  16. Kal-037 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    It isn’t a problem. After reading the responses, I’ve changed my position. lol

    --- Post Merged, May 15, 2019 ---
    No, Mars is where everything works out... I was going to say Jupiter. ;)
  17. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    What drove the PC industry has always been hardware trying to catch up to software. In iPad’s case, there is no software challenging the hardware.
    Apple should let programmers cater to the latest models instead of a huge spectrum of ipad models. Then speed will be sought after, people will look toward buying the latest, faster models.

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