Apple follows Microsoft’s lead on 2-in-1s to rebuild iPad growth


#iPad #iPadApple follows Microsoft’s lead on 2-in-1s to rebuild iPad growth : Apple is taking a page from the Microsoft book of Surface 2-in-1 device success, as the tech giant looks to rebuild iPad growth across the tablet market.

As outlined through Strategy Analytics’ research, the iPad Pro is putting Cupertino on the path to recovery with prices trending six per cent higher year-on-year and shipment growth down only six per cent in Q3 2016.

Contraction in the global tablet market outpaced Apple’s, falling 10 per cent during the quarter but average selling prices (ASPs) were up slightly higher at seven per cent due to many more vendors shifting resources toward 2-in-1 tablets and away from traditional slates.

“Microsoft has led a transformation in the tablet market with its Surface Pro and Surface Book,” Strategy Analytics service director of tablet and touchscreen strategies, Peter King, said.

“Apple is now reliant on iPad Pro for tablet and laptop replacement, while many other PC OEMs abandon Android Slates in favour of more expensive 2-in-1 Windows tablets for better productivity and versatility.”

Preliminary analysis of vendor performance in during the third quarter has shown that Samsung, Asus, and the white box community of vendors continue to lose ground to newer players in the market, while Apple stabilises its iPad business.

Meanwhile, Lenovo has bounced back and forth between positive and negative growth in 2016 as it faces fierce competition in Asia from its arch rival, Huawei.

In addition, Amazon has achieved strong sales of its $49 7-inch Fire tablet, reaching a broad range of consumers looking for an entertainment tablet with key content tie-ins to the growing Amazon ecosystem.

“Even as strong 2-in-1 tablet demand contributes to rising ASPs, prices are falling for these devices into a sweet spot where consumers can now justify replacing one or more computing devices with a single 2-in-1 tablet,” Strategy Analytics senior analyst, Eric Smith, added.

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