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2012 3 9 mindshare digital pov - apple i pad announcement

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Apple has announced the introduction of a new version of its Apple TV and iPad range. With approximately 70 million iPads forecast to be shipped in 2012 (71% up on 2011), there remains an insatiable appetite for Apple products around the world. Whilst neither announcement is especially ground-breaking, the success of the iPhone 4S, which was greeted with hoots of derision by tech-blogs, shows that the general public doesn’t seem to care. There are multiple additional features and upgrades with no major price hike so these latest announcements are unlikely to see this demand change significant and if anything could well increase it.

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2012 3 9 mindshare digital pov - apple i pad announcement

  1. 1. Apple Upgrades Paul Armstrong Wednesday, Apple TV and iPad March 07, 2012BackgroundApple has announced the introduction of a new version of its Apple TV and iPad range. Withapproximately 70 million iPads forecast to be shipped in 2012 (71% up on 2011), there remains aninsatiable appetite for Apple products around the world. Whilst neither announcement is especiallyground-breaking, the success of the iPhone 4S, which was greeted with hoots of derision by tech-blogs, shows that the general public doesn’t seem to care. There are multiple additional featuresand upgrades with no major price hike so these latest announcements are unlikely to see thisdemand change significant and if anything could well increase it.DetailsApple TV has been around now for a few years. With the addition of HD, and the price staying thesame, this is likely to be a tempting offer for iPad purchasers because of the AirPlay functionality,which allows users to flip content to a TV. There were no new content partners announced, thoughcompetitors are hardly likely to welcome the improved specs and static price.The larger of the two announcements introduces a new iPad that has been completely upgradedinternally but left virtually untouched externally (same look, feel, weight, etc). New features include4G capabilities, improved graphics that are now better than an Xbox 360 or PS3, faster processor,improved camera (both still and video) and, in a related announcement and perhaps mostintriguingly, iPhoto, which allows touch editing of photos on the iPad.The new iPad will be available at a range of prices from March 16th in the US and is available forpre-order immediately. International roll-out dates will vary. The iPad 2 will also be continued to besold, but at a reduced price, a move which is likely to worry Amazon and the manufacturers ofsome Android tablets, for whom price has been a major selling point up till now.ImplicationsImplications surround the HD upgrade as with the capability baked in, the iPad and Apple TV havejumped from junior to a heavy-weight entertainment centre, which has implications for TVmanufacturers, gaming companies, broadband providers, and telecoms companies who are allscrambling to cope with the HD revolution and adoption rates.The media industry can expect a higher penetration of Apple devices meaning a richer environmentto play in from a creative standpoint and as well as larger consumer base to reach within the Appleecosystem.However, what really stands out is that the talk from Apple about a ‘post-PC world’, started by SteveJobs and continued by his replacement Tim Cook, is actually starting to look realistic. iPad’scurrently outsell any single PC manufacturer, and it now seems realistic to imagine a not-too-distant-world where iPads and tablets are the primary computing devices in most homes.SummaryThree years after its introduction the iPad still reigns supreme in the eyes of the consumer andmedia alike. No other tablet has yet to make a real dent into this arena when it comes todesirability or simplicity. The changes announced will make both the iPad and Apple TV even moredesirable devices, which will equate to a likely increase in market domination from Apple and aneven more urgent need for brands to decide how they wish to connect with consumers in andoutside the Apple ecosystem, particularly the proper balance between applications and Web site(s).

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