Those big screen iPhones are enticing iPad users after all, Compare My Mobile's trade-in data shows

Those big screen iPhones are enticing iPad users after all, Compare My Mobile's trade-in data shows
Today, Britain's Compare My Mobile served some delicious trade-in data that gives an interesting look at how consumers react to Apple's "strongest product line-up in years". First is the subtle, yet intriguing impact of the iPhone 6's increased screen size. Apparently, 12% of iPad owners (pre-2014 models) have traded in their tablet for a new iPhone 6, while 8% gave up their beloved fondleslabs for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus

Although these numbers hardly indicate that big-screen phones are putting the iPad's gig in jeopardy, it seems an appropriately plump-screened phone does provide an adequate tablet replacement for a considerable excerpt of users. If this tendency spikes further down the iPhone and iPad's future, Apple might consider adding some unique tablet functionality to differentiate it, or introduce an all new iPad model (think iPad Pro) and redefine the device.

Still, we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves here. The intense spikes in iPad Air (220%) and iPad Mini with Retina display (250%) trade-ins following the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 announcements show the majority of users are holding onto their iPads and want nothing else. Furthermore, trade-ins of the two-year old 16 GB Wi-Fi only iPad 4 peaked at a peachy 450%, which further illustrates the point. Two years and many competing tablets later, iPad 4 owners flocked to the iPad once again. It must be that "Apple magic".

In a final curious nugget of information, within the last month, iPad trade-in values on Compare My Mobile have fallen almost as much as they usually would over the entire year. The iPad Air has lost £72.12 of its value since the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 reveal, while the iPad Air only lost £85 of its value for the whole year. Its little comrade, the iPad Mini with Retina Display, has lost £54.70 of its value since the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 reveal, while the iPad Mini with Retina Display only lost £66 of its value in the span of a year.


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15 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All iPads are just big iPod Touches. This just makes sense. Not to mention other tablet vendors have been adding multi-window, and have had real multitasking for years. Some even have pens for drawing or helping with tasks. Not too bad, because I didn't even drop any vendor names. However it would be easy enough to look up.

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Actually, 99% of android tablets are just blown up Android phones with no optimized apps. iPad has great optimized apps that are different than the phone. Don't get caught up with starring at the icons on the home screen. also, there is code for multi window in iOS 8. It will more than likely come to the iPad Air 2 and Pro with a iOS 8.2 update in the spring. There is a reason the A8X has all that horsepower.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. The iPad is not just a blown up iPod touch. That's pure ridiculousness

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is. The iPod is the device APple made first that the iPhone and iPad are made from. They simply resized the display to be bigger. The apps are still idebtical and so is the functionality. Unless you download a specific app made for the iPad, the iPod app loaded on the ipad is 100% identical. Tablet versiosn of most apps didn't appear until the iPad 2. Any application that predates the iPad 2 are all just iPod apps. The iPad has not changed in usability since 2010 when it was first introduce. The only different of the iPod Touch and iPad is purely size. If you're that blind, or that dumb that you don't understand what you'[re even using, sucks for you. I said it for many years, the iPad is just an oversize iPad Touch, due to the fact Apple didn't even change their own apps until the iPad and iOS 5 where they tried to make a distinction of the iPad apps vs the iPhone apps which is what the iPod Touch uses. Unless today, you download an HD version of the application, which essentially is the iPad version, if you download the non-HD versions is will be 100% identical to the iPod Touch/iPhone app.

13. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Not to disagree with you but your facts are complete BS. First off it has been documented that Apple was working on the iPad first in 2001 and then moved to the iPhone because the tech wasn't far enough to get the iPad to where Steve wanted it. Also the iPod touch launched AFTER the iPhone was unveiled. Please get your facts straight. I will agree with you nonetheless that the iPad is vastly under utilized. And on a side tangent why does it matter if apps are just larger sized phone apps as long as Im getting done what I need to get done?

12. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Oh yes it is.

15. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

That's exactly what it is... and used by C**Ts.

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Yes, and 2012 called and they want their apple tablet taking points back.

6. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

What is the difference between the two, ipod and ipad, besides optimized apps on the ipad? You mentioned code for multi window, that will likely come in a future update. As of right now, what is the difference. You pretty much get the same experience, but the differences are minuscule in my opinion. I agree with you about the Android tablets, but one major thing that was different, until recently, was the ability to have multiple user log ins. This was very helpful for a family that had one tablet in the home. I hope the pro will be significantly different feature wise, not just screen size.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false. That was the case back then, but not since Android Honeycomb. The tablet versions of apps have far more capabilities over their smartphone counterparts. Having said that, since most Android phones are bigger, the apps already have extended capabilities thus the tablet apps have no need for any change. Huge difference vs the iOS products. Google's apps for example, do look and work the same on any size device. But all their apps are much more capable than IOS applications in many respects. Plus OEM's like Samsung specifically, have added far more functionality with TouchWiz that no other tablet has. Multi-Window, Split-screen, stylus capable apps and more. The devs with iOS don't make any changes with phone apps vs tablet apps. Even after all this time since 2010, scaling up smartphone apps to the tablet apps still looks pixelated and messed up. This doesn't happen on Android. If you load a smartphone app on a tablet, they resize properly. They may not fill the screen, but they resize evenly and cleanly. For me that is the main reason I stopped using ipads. I have about 200 apps I've collected in the 2 shorts years I used an IOS device. Most were for the iPhone. But when I use them on the tablet they look terrible do to uneven resizing. Android apps scale properly just like Windows apps do.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're wrong

7. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

After 4 years and hundreds of millions sold, people still say this rediculous thing.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because the truth never changes. I don't know what that has to do with sales numbers. Oh yeah NOTHING. The point of the iPad was to offer the same simplicity at a larger size. So in order to provide that, the experience had to be identical to the smaller device. Nothing change in the iPod Touch/iPhone vs the iPad accept size.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Trade in numbers are great but how many iPad owners have bought a larger iPhone and have forgotten their tablet on the counter collecting dust? That's what has happened to my tablets, I had the Note 3 and now the OnePlus One, and my wife has a Note 3; tablets in our household go unused collecting dust until we need it to start Netflix or HBO Go and our phones aren't handy. Other than that they never get used. Also these numbers are only tracking people who are savvy enough to trade in their equipment to a trade in service, yet these people are too lazy to sell it through Craigslist or eBay where they make significantly more money selling through. I know a few people who just don't have the drive to manage Craigslist sales, they hand me their device and I sell it for them for a $30-50 cut. I'm not saying this data is irrelevant, I'm just pointing out additional modes of iPads being retired or sold.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So, instead of the iPad mini cannibalizing iPad sales, now it will be the bigger screen iPhones. Interesting. When Apple starts making products that can cannibalize other Apple products...they are in danger of becoming like every one else. It probably wont have much of an impact, but I think they under estimated how much the iPad mini would cannibalize iPad sales.

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