Studies conducted during the third quarter of the year showed that for the first time in history, sales for the Apple iPad has exceeded not only desktop computers, but also laptops. This study does not only pertain to businessmen and individuals buying computers for their personal use, but also consumers in educational institutions.
Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company, stated that PC sales in the education sector have declined by as much as 265,000 units (13.9%) from the third quarter of last year. Apple has sold nearly a million iPads to various educational institutions last June. This alone is proof that the iPad is quickly on its way to replacing traditional computers in schools in the US.
According to Wolf:
“Clearly, a significant portion of the sales of the iPad represents an expansion of the market. But by analyzing this phenomenon and considering that Mac sales totaled around 520,000 units, while sales of PCs declined by 265,000 units a year (from 1.90 million to 1.64 million, ed), we believe that ‘only conclusion to be drawn is that the iPad is beginning to cannibalize a significant portion of the PC market dedicated to the world of education. “
Wolf also argues that the potential of the Apple tablet will allow them to break further into other markets in the near future. This is great news for Apple and perhaps other tablet PC manufacturers.
This year alone, iPad sales have increased to more than 200 percent.. That figure is expected to rise as more and more schools will be integrating the iDevice into their curriculum. However, this poses a great threat to book publishers as there is a big possibility that schools will also start shifting to ebooks. Should this happen, the need for hardbound books and paperbacks will cease to exist.