Published On:Sunday, March 3, 2013
Posted by Shubham Goyal
“Shipments of 9.7” tablet PC panels collapsed, falling from 7.4 to 1.3M, while 7” and 7.9” panel shipments grew rapidly, from 12 to 14M. Shipments of 10.1” panels grew only slightly. The January panel shipment data may be an indicator for 2013, starting with Apple’s product mix shift. As we noted in December, Apple had planned to sell 40M iPad Minis (7.9”) and 60M iPads (9.7”) in 2013. However, the reality seems to be the reverse, as the iPad Mini has been more popular than the iPad. We now understand that Apple may be planning to sell 55M iPad Minis (7.9”) and 33M iPads (9.7”) in 2013.”
“I purchased the Tab on a weekend at the local T-Mobile store and my family wanted to hit the mall afterward. I either carried the device in hand or placed it in my back jeans pocket while cruising the mall for hours. As my wife or daughter stopped to browse for clothes, I quickly whipped out the small tablet to manage e-mail, Web-surf, and watch YouTube videos.
I wouldn’t have been able to do that with the iPad for one simple reason: The iPad wouldn’t have come with me on a trip to the mall in the first place.”
The trend, however, is toward downsized tablets—or large phones like Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, depending on user's definition of what’s a smartphone and what’s a tablet.