Report says that new Apple iPad sales are sluggish after that strong start
According to a report from Want China Times, Foxconn employees are reporting a major slowdown in the production of the new iPad. One employee, who works on the tablet's assembly line in Shenzhen, noted that in February workers received overtime as production of the iPad moved into high gear with 150 to 180 units assembled per hour. In March, the Foxconn employee said that things slowed down quickly and sometimes workers wouldn't even get in 5 days of work during a week. He claims to have had 10 days off last month himself due to a slowdown in sales of the device. This lack of sales also led to the shutdown of 3 of the 20 assembly lines dedicated to the tablet. Those lines are now producing a new product entirely.
The slowdown in Apple iPad sales has also affected "scalpers" in Hong Kong, according to the Chinese paper. Instead of the 30% margins they usually get from hawking Apple devices, the word is that they are feeling "overstocked" and are unable to secure those juicy profits like they have in the past.
Are we in the midst of a seminal change in Apple's fortunes, or is this merely a Foxconn employee blowing off steam? Either way, we won't know for sure just how well or how poorly the new Apple iPad is selling until Apple's next quarterly report.
source: WantChinaTimes via AndroidAuthority
Last quarter saw Apple iPad market share continue to fall while Foxconn workers (R) are allegedly slowing down assembly of the latest Apple tablet
29. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)
I hate it when people write "first" but for the first time I had a smile for a "first" because it is you. I learned that you are an old user of the web site and always come up with impartial and good comments which I like to read. so for the first time thumbs up. I like apple ipad (not more than Samsung n Asus) but I guess this new tab didn't bring something remarkable to boast off. I didn't think that it would cause low sales (apple fans would buy anything from apple) but no long lines on launch day gave a clue of lower future sales. If a tab with win8 does not meet my expectation (my expectation also include a reasonable price) I will go for Samsung tab with a pen :).
53. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
and as for ipad there have been analysts from 13 mill and below… i think it will be a typical apple launch-- not a record breaking one though
66. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I don't get why this report from an anonymous source holds any more truth than the sources that swore they were making a smaller version of the iPad or the ones that said the iPhone 4S would have a larger screen.
Again, I know hating Apple is the fun thing to do, but be consistent. A rumor is a rumor. Everyone threw their hands in the air, praising God that there weren't a lot of lines for the new iPad when it launched and that the stores had the iPad in stock. Everyone thought, the iPad isn't selling well. Turns out, most folks bought the damn thing online and Apple actually had stock. Plus, Apple sold a record number of iPads.
I'll be written off as making excuses for Apple, but I don't think that's fair. Don't shun one rumor and then turn around and act as if another rumor is gospel.
71. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
normally i dont put much stock in rumors, but when you couple that with the fact that there were almost no lines at all, no one ran out of stock for the first apple mobile device EVER, and junk like that... it makes it very believable.
Yea, people bought online. But there are also normally lines down the road waiting to get an ipad. Its not like they had that much more in store than normal. Instead of having like 5-10 per store, they had 10-15. Any regular apple launch line would have eaten that.
Normally the projections for apple's sales are quite kind and high.
82. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
wait im kind of confused.. im not saying that the 13 million one is accurate-- or any of them actually... im trying to say that there were rumors of up to 13 million and below meaning no one really knows..
and i agree about the online thing-- it has been rumored that apple produced a large amount more as well
were u replying to me or making a general statement.. cause im not trying to diminish or inflate the ipad 3 launch-- i think it will just be a typical one
72. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, the first thing is annoying, so when i get a chance i throw it back at them. :) lol
Im not very excited about the tab2. its not much of an upgrade. I cant chastise apple for that crap and then praise samsung for the same thing. The Note 10.1 is a much more reasonable purchase if the price isnt sky high.
75. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3960; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
C'mon remixfa, I wouldn't expect that from you! lol
76. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol :) im allowed to goof off from time to time too :) besides, it kept someone else from doing it. :)
81. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3960; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Well at least it was some light hearted fun! Not like some people who make it their life’s work to say FIRST! lol
3. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ok, waiting for the usual iDefence team to rush in. Tell us about sales and all that stuff.
You cant win every round. In fact apple rarely won a round until the iphone. They've had a hell of a run though. If only they would have done it ethically. Maybe the word is finally out and people are becoming disenfranchised by it? One could only hope.
Then again, rereleasing the same item over and over again with a minuscule change and a monster price tag cant keep you on top for too long.
PS, love the graph on the bottom about the loss of tablet dominance. That should be its own article though. Be great for the board mudslinging which keeps the post count high . lol
7. tedkord (Posts: 4617; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I assume the argument will follow basically the same evolution the smartphone one did. Smartphones went like this:
1) Android is just vaporware
2) Android will never sell as much as iOS.
3) Apps are what matter, Android will never have a huge app market
4) There's only one iPhone, Android is only winning in market share because there are hundreds of Android phones, and they give them away for free and besides most Android phones are returned and Google is lying about how many activations they get every day and most folks who buy and Android phone think they're buying an iPhone because Android is a direct copy of iOS what with the rectangle shape and icons...
So, I'm assuming we're going to ship step 1, go from step 2, which we've already passed, to a brief step 3 and on to step 4, the rationalization phase, in which we're educated about how Android winning has nothing to do with the Android experience, but is all due to iOS being so awesome that only the richest and smartest are worthy enough to buy it.
10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Or for example: "Android is winning only becase Apple is losing..." LOL!
24. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Yeah thing is, most of the Android Devices are much more capable and reliable than Apple.
Xperia S and Galaxy S2/Note VS iPhone
Sony Tablet S, Galaxy Tab and Transformer Prime vs iPad
Walkman Z and Galaxy Player 5.0 vs iTouch
Yes, they are all better. Don't you even start comparing a company like Crappl to legends like Sony and Samsung...
60. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Galaxy player and Walkman z sucks
Tablet and phone yes you made a point cause I am getting bored of iPhone
But the iPad still have a larger ecosystem
That's why my father is waiting for the iPad 3 to be launched in Malaysia so he can get one
62. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Sure, enjoy your overheating piece of crap then...
FYI, Both the Galaxy Player and Walkman Z are music players, and as music players, they deliver music way better than any iPod or iCrap available, so yeah, they do own the iTouch hands down. If you're looking for a multimedia device, I don't see why you shouldn't get the PSVita instead.
63. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I just live the design of the iTouch
85. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i would take a galaxy5 over an ipod touch any day of the week. all the exact same arguements between an sgs and an phone4.. except without the ability to make calls.
65. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
If you think both PMPS suck then you are lying....
Both have better audio quality, both have better processors, better design, better headphones bundled and a lot more
Loled @ larger ecosystem. Ever heard of Kies and Sony Entertainment Network?
Oh you are buying a portable music player because it looks good? Lol...
67. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Kids sucks and the design of the player makes me Think WTF ? The Sony has a not bad design but I still like my iTouch more
68. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Btw my dad sync his gs2 with iTunes
70. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Well guess what, I have an iTouch 3Rd generation, and I WISH I had a Walkman Z or a Galaxy Player.
Not only do both use Android, and have proper processors for games like Shadow Gun + Games from Tegra Zone, they have a much much better sound quality than an iTouch, more expensive headphones bundled, and have a true design unlike a brick.
78. -box- (Posts: 3776; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@thelegend Galaxy Player and Walkman Z aren't comparable to the ipad, because they're Android-runing media players with 5" or smaller screens. The ipad is a giant ipod with 9.7" screen, with different apps designed for it to be used more like a computer than a typical media player (or phone). While the ipad does (for now) dominate the tablet arena in terms of apps, Android's not far behind. The ipad's dominance came from the fact it used the same coding as the ipod/iphone but with different resolutions, making app development a relative breeze, especially if the developer had prior experience with ios devices.
Personally, I'll hold off on a new device until Windows8 comes out
13. rf1975 (Posts: 242; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Now people have lot of option out there. These days lot of people look for cheap and best TAB. That 44.6% android thanks to Kindle fire.
14. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
And i was waiting for all the android users to critique everything about apple...
36. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
honestly i'm surprised anyone went for the iPad 3 at all... from everything i heard there's really nothing different than the iPad 2...
59. ph00ny (Posts: 597; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't know about you but "New iPad" is an interesting device
Apple addressed my main gripes about the first two
Lack of ram and low resolution screen. Now if they can do something about the stagnant iOS design
73. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the additional ram was only put in to cope with the higher display it will result in very little difference in performance.
89. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
maybe not for you.. but for the pilots which will not switch and for schools and business the retina display will come in handy, besides the ipad2 runs smooth why mess with that.
80. xtremesv (Posts: 206; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
For the record, I have a Galaxy S2 and an iPad 2, so I’m not a die-hard fanboy.
iPad sales are slowing down, so what, there is nothing wrong with a product settling down. Besides, the “new iPad” can be considered as an iPad 2S anyway, so for the current iPad 2 owners could wait until other iPad upgrade is released. Not every person out there can afford a new tablet every year. The iPad 3rd gen was targeted to iPad 1 users or newcomers.
The new iPad is evolutionary, everyone can see that, but that doesn’t mean the upgrade is not worthy. With the iPad you’ve got the tablet with the most powerful graphics processing in the market, even the iPad 2 today has a more capable GPU than most Android tablets. You also get a great display and finally you get more quality apps designed specifically for the iPad.
Nobody on this website "wins" with tablet sales and market share. The only ones that win are the big corporations like Apple, Samsung and their shareholders. You simply get what you consider the best buy.
4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This could very well be the beginning of Apple's downward curve.
I mean, there's two more quarters before the iphone 5 is out, right?
And if Galaxy S3 delivers the promises fully, i see a MAJOR downfall in iphone 4s' sales.
Apple shareholders, time to start selling some stocks!
5. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Finally after all these year's....
It should lapse more in the coming week's month's........ ahead.....!
9. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
LOL. They didn't go all out. Like i said before the changes aren't that different from last gen. They needed to change the hardware and software to keep things fresh and new.
This is what you get for not going all the way. It will go down further in the coming months.
12. Sniggly (Posts: 6913; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I bet five bucks that Apple still reports record sales of the iPad somehow.
22. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
well.. sure.. its always a record. they just have to make it a record for a new category.
"record sales for an ipad with an a5x chip!" lol
90. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
which is more than what Android does with their OS put Honeycomb and Gingerbread and called it ICS Android 4.0...
16. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
I'm not surprised, every iPad has been the same thing just slightly different changes. This iPad brings 3 things, LTE, higher resolution screen (something it should of had last year) and a better graphics processor.
You can only release the same thing so many times before people get tired of it.
20. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
I'm not an apple fan at all but that screen really is a huge upgrade. I care more for the fact that it will cause android/windows tablets to start having better screens as well :)
17. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Because the new iPad is iPad
And iPad 2 seems already new
18. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Not surprising, all the isheep line up in hoards to buy a measley upgraded product while the rest of the world realizes that there isn't much difference and it isn't worth another 500$
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
why is this not normal? I mean that thing aint your 199 iPhone ya know? after 3 generations and competition slamming hard at the door its hard to maintain something, everyone knows apple wont be posting record sales for ever. just like everything mainstream there is a day....
21. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
oh come on this is surprising, apple has been on fire the past few years. They even posted record breaking sales for the first weekend. I don't think many people expected this....I'm just glad this finally happened so at least isheep can't brag about how much profit apple is making with their ridiculous profit margins anymore.
23. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
every fire peaks and eventually runs out. its the way of the world
87. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
so that measn Android luck with market share will run out right?
92. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes, more than likely something will come round to replace it.
do you still listen to tapes? play on your amigo or atari2600 Hows your Palm or Windows CE device?
how are ANY of those once monster companies doing? They messed up and fell behind the pack or dissapeared. Apple and google are not immune to that. Google is more immune than apple due to their open source nature and willingness to take risks on features, but there is no garuntee they will be around for a long time. Apple has NEVER been ahead until recently, and they are already fallen behind. You iOS nuts dont know your history apparently.
45. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
well you count they they have really strong sales during the Holidays 2 quarters ago you must say that most average customers already bought the iPad 2 by Dec 25th all whats left is the hardcore apple fans that will buy the new iPad as soon as it comes out, and the people who knew about the new iPad, many consumers wont be able to buy a new iPad until they get into paying all they Holiday Expenses.
79. -box- (Posts: 3776; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
To be fair, the iphone is only $200 when it's on contract. If apple sold iphoneswithout contracts at $650 (as they do with ipads), they'd sell a heck of a lot fewer. Similarly, if they sold ipads on contract for $200-400, they might sell more
27. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
What company did that tablet chart come from? Comscore, Gartner, etc? Is that really accurate? If so....wow....
Some ppl said Android phones would never pass the iPhone in marketshare, when that happened they then said Android tablets will never pass the iPad in marketshare...
Maybe its time to stop betting against Android...and just accept the fact that choice is a good thing? Choice helped the iPhone and iPad be so popular, they were another choice for phones and tablets.
The Other column always seems so small on all these charts.....phones and tablets...
Also...If its compared to how Apple usually does...their sluggish sales could be Motorola sales being up from last quarter. In other words....what they consider sluggish for Apple would be better sales for another company.
28. cncrim (Posts: 493; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Apple got hell of the run on profit..... However everyhing will get burst, and Apple getting to that point. Im not surprise if that happen.