Android loyalty does not seem to extend to tablets, as new data suggests that 4 out of every 10 iPad units moved during last week's Black Friday shopping event were purchased by customers who use smartphones powered by Google's operating system.
The report — by retail analytics firm InfoScout — brings color to the massive popularity of Apple's new iPad lineup, which extends even to users already invested in rival mobile platforms. The firm tracked over 100,000 shopping trips during the annual holiday shopping kick-off.
Apple's tablets took 5 of the top 15 sales slots at major retailers Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. The 16-gigabyte iPad mini was the top seller at Walmart, while the 16-gigabyte iPad Air, 16-gigabyte iPad mini, and 32-gigabyte iPad Air swept all three podium positions at Target.
The iPad 2, despite lacking a Retina display and toting Apple's previous-generation 30-pin dock connector port, put in a surprising second-place showing at Best Buy, beating out Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung's Galaxy Tablet. iPad 2 sales were exceeded only by the heavily-discounted 32-gigabyte Microsoft Surface RT.
Despite reports that Android is gaining ground in market share, Apple's iPad continues to dominate real-world tablet usage. Data revealed this summer by web analytics firm Chitika showed Apple with a mountainous 84.3 percent usage share, data that Apple CEO Tim Cook later cited when asked about Android's growing portion of tablet sales.
Earlier this month, a report from Singapore proffered a unique explanation for the sales-versus-usage gap: low-cost, Android-powered TV sticks — similar to Google's new Chromecast dongle — are said to register as Android tablets during the registration process. The devices, which can be had for as little as $100, are a popular means of watching pirated video content throughout Asia.
Procrastinating your Christmas shopping until the last possible second is a long standing American tradition, so to let you know how long you’ve got until you absolutely have to place your Christmas orders, Apple has posted a new guide detailing the estimated shipping times on all of its products.
Apple announced that the Online Apple Store will be offering free shipping on all orders from now until December 22nd, but according to the guide many of Apple’s most popular products need to be ordered a full week before the 25th if you want it to be waiting under the tree on Christmas morning.
Apple has removed the $50 minimum order it usually requires for free shipping which means most orders need to be placed by December 18th unless you’re willing to shell out the extra money for next day shipping.
The guide notes that if you want an iPad mini with Retina display you better hurry and order it by December 5th while the iPad Air needs to be ordered by December 9th to get you in time for Christmas using normal shipping.
All iPods Macs can be ordered by December 18th at the latest, unless you’re customizing a MacBook Air, in which case you’ll need to get your order in two days earlier.
Amazon has never shied away from quietly mocking Apple’s iPad and that’s why this new Kindle Fire HDX commercial (via Amazon YouTube) and its distinctly British voice has us laughing. Calling it the “magical new iPad Air” in proper British tongue, the commercial is offset with the American accented intro of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX.
Amazon’s fake Jony Ive and his American accented counterpart note the Kindle Fire’s 20% difference in weight, a million more pixels separating the Kindle Fire display from the Air and the cost of $379 for the 16GB Fire against Apple’s 16GB at $499. Somehow, this commercial doesn’t bother me even if it’s a really laughable attempt to mock Jony Ive when I compare this marketing against Microsoft’s ridiculous “Scroogled campaign.” All things considered, Amazon is fighting a fair fight and a parody is one way to go about doing that.
All things considered, I’d much rather see a parody than have Microsoft continue to play on our NSA-style fears and attempt to convince the world that somehow, someway Google is really concerned about emails to my great Aunt.
In the UK, for instance, a customer can buy any product above that value and spread repayments across ten monthly instalments with 0% interest. In other countries, such as France or Spain, the repayment is window is slightly longer at twelve months.
Apple is clearly trying to maximise Christmas trade with this promotion, allowing customers to substitute the significant upfront costs of buying an Apple product with smaller (presumably more manageable) payments across several months.
Apple advertises the deal as a ‘limited time offer’. The terms and conditions of the financing arrangement are more specific, saying that the 0% finance promotion ends on the 10th January at midnight. The terms say that the deal applies to hardware only (software can be included, but only in conjunction with a hardware purchase). Because Apple is partnering with financing agencies to offer this deal, thus customers must also qualify with their rules and regulations before being eligible. As Apple is using different agencies in different regions, it should be noted that the associated terms and conditions vary per region as well.
Apple’s normal financing options (such as 24 month plans) are still available, but are charged at normal rates. Only 10 or 12 month plans are applicable for 0% interest.
The euphoria of Black Friday is over, and like the comedown after any spend-heavy holiday it’s time to look at the receipts.
According to analytics firm InfoScout, the iPad Air and iPad mini were two of the day’s big winners.
InfoScout analzed 3,000 Target receipts and 5,000 Walmart ones to draw its conclusions: observing that the iPad Air 16GB, the iPad mini 16GB, and the iPad Air 32GB models were the three top sellers at Target, with price tags of $479, $299 and $599 respectively.
The sales of these iPads accounted for 8.2 percent, 7.5 percent and 2.4 percent of the overall sales at the chain — totaling 18.1 percent in all, which increases to 22 percent when factoring in other Apple products.
According to analysts Infoscout, iPads were the big hit of Black Friday
At Walmart, meanwhile, InfoScout suggests that the top seller was the 16GB iPad mini, with a price tag of $299.91.
Apple, not known for its partnerships with third-parties, is once again recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day at Apple Retail Stores and on its website. Apple has also done something similar for the past two years.
Some stores, including several locations in the United Kingdom and the United States, are expected to color their Apple logos red for the occasion. A MacRumors reader sent in two images from the Regent Street store in London noting that the coloring process has already taken place in preparation for the store's opening today, as it is already December 1st in the UK.
Every day, 900 babies are born with HIV. (RED) works with companies like Apple to fight for an AIDS‑free generation by creating (PRODUCT)RED merchandise. A percentage of gross profits from the sale of those products goes to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa. Since its introduction, (PRODUCT)RED has generated more than $215 million for the Global Fund — more than $65 million from Apple alone. You can help make an impact by purchasing a (PRODUCT)RED iPod or (PRODUCT)RED accessories for iPhone and iPad.
Apple sells a number of PRODUCT (RED) items where a percentage of the profits are donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. There are (RED) versions of the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, the iPad Air and iPad mini Smart Covers, the iPad Air Smart Case, the iPhone 4S Bumper, and the iPhone 5s case.
The move follows a special charity auction by Sotheby's to benefit Product (RED) last week, which involving the auctioning off of one-of-a-kind products designed by Jony Ive and Designer Marc Newson. Items included a red Mac Pro, a pair of solid gold Apple EarPods, a special edition Leica camera and a one-of-a-kind aluminum desk. In total, all of products auctioned off at the special event raised nearly $13 million.
Apple has also raised more than $65 million for Product (RED) since 2006.