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5 iPad Trends To Watch

Apple has sold over 3 million iPads in less than 3 months. It is already making an impact on people’s online habits. Online web based magazine viewing from desktops has gone from a few minutes a month iPad trendswith magazines like Vanityfair.com at  2.1 minutes per month and 3.8 minutes per month at GQ.com (according to comScore) to  over 60 minutes per month on a Apple iPad for the online magazine Wired. This is due to Wired Magazine developing a well thought out iPad app and according to John Gapper from the Financial Times Blog

it is the way that it re-imagines the entire magazine format by integrating words, data, graphics, photos and video into a seamless blend. It is also – in contrast to others – intuitive to navigate. Even the advertisements, complete with videos, seem interesting“.

The Wired Magazine iPad app is an example of industry best practice and sets a high bar in terms of offering a great reader experience.

So what are some trends that have emerged over the last 3 months since the Apple iPad went on sale in March.

1. It is creating a drop in Netbook sales

Netbook sales growth is declining for the first time ever with April figures dropping  by 13%

iPad Trends

2. iPad Internet Usage is closer to traditional PC’s

The viewing is not like smart phones such as the iPhone, Android and Blackberry where the top internet usage on an Apple iPhone at 18% compared to the iPad usage at 41%.

iPad Trends

3. iPad is on schedule to be the the most popular mobile devices in history

The projected sales of 16 million units in the first 12 months (Morgan Stanley Research)

iPad TrendsSource for the 3 charts businessinsider.com

4. iPad is becoming a ‘Gaming‘ platform

It is not only being used for productivity or media consumption with 4 of the top four paid apps being entertainment offerings including

  • Scrabble for iPads
  • Plants vs Zombies HD
  • Flight Control HD
  • Sketchbook Pro

5. People are willing to pay more for an iPad app than an iPhone app

This is due to the optimized user experience and convenience on the move, with iPad gaming apps averaging $3.52. Also 1% of iPad apps are charging a monthly subscription rather than a one off fee. If these trends continue you could see increased monetization of the web with people willing to pay for a better user experience on a portable platform due to its convenience.

What are your primary uses for your Apple iPad?

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  • My nephew got an Ipad and he absolutely loves it! I like the fact that it is so versatile and considering that so many people are buying them, it clearly must be the “key accessory” for 2010!

    I LOVE, Love , love scrabble. I just hope they don’t have the new version that incorporates so much slang. That would be a bummer. Anyone have any feedback on it?

    I would think for travelers, this must be a cool tool. I know when I flew to China, I would have loved to have had an Ipad with me to keep me busy.

  • The more I read about I-Pad, the more I am sold on it. I want one! I plan to get one. I like to wait until all the hype has worn down about it before buying one to ensure all the kinks have been exposed and/or worked out. That way I know I got my money’s worth.

  • iPad works fine, because like most Apple products it’s primarily a entertainment portal first, then an information one (unlike say the Netbook or Laptop)….

    And yeah, I’m hooked on my iPad:) whether it’s emails, doing timesheets, playing countless games, blogging to social networking, got so inspired I’ve got into the design of a few apps myself.

  • Suparna

    The iPad is fantastic piece of machinery. I haven’t used it as an eBook reader yet even though I have downloaded a number of books. However, as a notepad, email, social networking and games it has been great. Makes traveling even more enjoyable.

  • I am totally hooked on mine – used to demo or for show off, the number of people who start to dribble over mine when they see it, soon turns into “want one”.

    They have done a great job, it will be interesting to see if the Samsung and other manufacturers will be able to generate this type of business.

    I suspect my next purchase will be a Apple Mac.

  • Jeff, Yet another great article! I would argue though that there is a 6th major trend to watch with the iPad; healthcare! Check out this post I just wrote on just 1 way the iPad is making a difference for healthcare workers.


    Thanks for your great blog!

  • Anonymous

    Everything! I bought it to travel with, but I end up carrying it around the house. Surf, write notes, check weather, read books/news, text, record meeting presentations, take pictures and video, email. I felt guilty when I first got it, not anymore. I am wearing this thing out! Did I mention Angry Birds? BTW, what’s a netbook? ;D

  • Abdullah9222

    I know that is ipad is one of the grates netbook but( why we use it for game more than electronic book or note?) id like to see more appnote for ipad spacel riting on hand and to iphone too