It has been just over a year since its debut and the iPad tablet has already made Apple the undisputed leader in the tablet world. The iPad sold a reported 15 million units alone in 2010 after first shipping in April. As iPad becomes more popular to consumers, other companies are getting their products known in the tablet world. For example companies like HP, Motorola, and Dell are just some of the many major companies that have tried to compete with the iPad. But how successful/important are tablets in the technology world? Is this a fad or trend that will only be around for the next couple years, or are tablets going to become the next big thing? It seems now a days it's Apple versus everyone else; and that might very well be true. The numbers don’t lie either, Apple had an 84 percent share of the tablet market. Today since the technology is new, there is a vast growth opportunity for other companies to challenge Apple, the only problem…will tablets still be popular. Apple dominates many aspects of the technology world. For example, the iPhone, iPod/iTouch, and Apple computers all dominate their respective categories. All the other competitors have a hard time making a product that comes close to rivaling what Apple has to offer to its consumers. The iPad is just another step in Apples recent dominance, but is there hope for companies with the same size network to create a product that out does Apple? In my opinion, the answer is no. Apple has too much power and has too much of wide consumer base to lose to another company. The recent iPad 2 that just came out has all the improvements that the already groundbreaking iPad original didn’t have. Time will tell the tale between Apple’s tablets and their competitors.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Recently, the technology incorporation, Best Buy, has been experiencing major concerns regarding their high priced television sales. Selling these expensive televisions is said to be 20 percent of all of the company’s profits. Unfortunately, the sales for this category have gone down by double digit percent’s. Many people think that this is a result of the increasing gas prices and the extraordinarily high unemployment rate. Consumers are deciding to spend less money on overpriced, high tech televisions and more on mobile phones and broadband connection thanks to the recession. As a result of this shift of preference by consumers, Best Buy is deciding to focus more on selling mobile phones. These Best Buy mobile phones are starting to attract more buyers who do not want to spend their money on Best Buy’s televisions. So is Best Buy going to become a major cell phone supplier in place of televisions? Not exactly. In addition to loosing costumers from the recession, Best Buy has also been in a major competition with other similar stores like Target, Wal-Mart and even the online world of Amazon. Best Buy store sales decreased by 4 percent in December, right in the middle of the holiday season. On top of that statistic, the company also experienced a net income fall from 779 million to 651 million. These numbers show how Best Buy is experiencing major sales decreases. These decreases could easily be a result of the declining amount of expensive television buyers. So could shifting their focus to mobile phones help the company get their numbers back up? No one really knows for sure and there is definitely a bit of speculation, but time will only tell what will happen to this high technology incorporation in the future.-Taryn Dandurand
Monday, March 21, 2011