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April 20th, 2011 at 10:00 AM EST | by inu846W

Goldman Sachs: iPad Will Dominate for Years

It’s been just over a year since the first iPad tablet was launched. Now with the iPad 2 launch last month that saw even more hype and more demand than its predecessor, Apple’s tablet is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Sales have gone through the roof and continue to climb as high demand is prevalent across the country. Analysts at Goldman Sachs are now saying what is becoming obvious, Apple and the iPad will dominate the tablet market for the next two years at least.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom tablets are decent products, but have arrived too late to the game. They are worthy competitors, but to what degree? Goldman Sachs thinks they lack the luster overall to meet or exceed the iPad’s popularity in the coming years.

Goldman Sachs: iPad Will Dominate for Years 2

Researches at the firm expect Apple to claim at least 54 percent of the tablet market share in 2011 and 2012. If tablet competitors’ sales fall below their expectations, Apple may enjoy up to 74 percent of the tablet market share in 2011, and 71 percent in 2012. Goldman is leaning towards the latter figures with Apple holding onto more than 70 percent of the tablet market in the next two years.

“If we include tablets in our PC unit forecast, then our estimates suggest Apple’s combined iPad and Mac market share would reach 12 percent in 2011. This represents an incremental $8.7 billion in iPad gross profits for Apple, or more than the $6.0 billion in profits we expect the company to generate from the Mac business. Based on the current market share breakdown in the PC market, this could presumably make Apple one of the largest vendors in the combined PC and tablet market.”

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April 20th, 2011 at 7:58 AM EST | by inu846W

Looking to Buy an iPad 2? There's an App for That    Looking to Buy an iPad 2? There's an App for That 2

Our helpful “Buy iPad 2” page lists resources where you can find and purchase the iPad 2 online and at retail outlets. There are plenty of people still looking to buy the ever elusive iPad 2, but now there’s an app for that.

The FindOne app let’s you search locally for an iPad 2 at Target or Walmart stores. Developed by Debra L. Orton, this helpful app finds inventory from iPad 2 suppliers. More outlets like Best Buy and Toys R’ Us will be added soon to the search list.

You can search by model type, WiFi or 3G+WiFi. You’re also able to choose which carrier you’ll need for the 3G model, AT&T or Verizon. Other search options include memory, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB, and color choices of black or white.

Once your query is submitted, available stores near you are listed with the distance to them from your current location. Choosing a store location then gives you more information for that store such as address, hours, phone number, and type of iPad 2 model available.

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April 19th, 2011 at 3:15 PM EST | by inu846W

Another Touchscreen Supplier Added to iPad 2 Production

In an attempt to meet continued demand for iPad 2, Apple has added another touchscreen manufacturer to its list of component suppliers. Chimei Innolux Corp. will be the third touchscreen producer to supply iPad 2 touchscreens for Apple. TPK Holding Corp. and Wintek Corp. are the other two.

This new partnership means Apple is solidifying the relationship with its overseas manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group as Chimei Innolux Corp. is an affiliate of Foxconn.

Chimei is providing screens as well as touch sensors for iPad 2 and expects to start shipping components next month, according to DigiTimes.

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This announcement of Apple’s latest partnership comes on the heels of news about Apple testing LED backlights from a new source, Everlight Electronics.

2011 is expected to be a huge success for iPad 2 with shipments possibly reaching up to 45 million. Evidence of that can already be seen as high demand for the new tablet has been non-stop since its launch on March 11. Retail chains selling iPad 2 continue to have trouble keeping it in stock. ATT.com will ship the device within 10-15 business days and Apple.com will ship it within 2-3 weeks if purchasing online.

Keep up to date with iPad 2 sales information and real-time inventory checks for some locations on our “Buy iPad 2” page.

iPad News Via: appleinsider.com

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April 18th, 2011 at 10:47 AM EST | by inu846W

Apple Seeking Additonal LED Backlight Manufacturer

With the popularity of iPad 2 on par with that of Cabbage Patch dolls from the 80’s, Apple is looking to add another LED backlight maker to its list of manufacturers used to produce parts for the new tablet. High demand has resulted in limited stock available for purchase at stores across the world, and also long waiting periods to have iPad 2 shipped to you if you buy it online.

Sample of LED backlight products from Everlight Electronics have been delivered to Apple and are currently being tested. Should Apple decide to use another iPad 2 component producer, it’s likely they will meet estimated shipping amounts of 45 million units in 2011.

Everlight Electronics is a relatively large company with 6,400 employees based in Taiwan and offers its LED backlights to other tablet makers.

iPad News Via: appleinsider.com

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April 18th, 2011 at 10:22 AM EST | by inu846W

Reduced Price iPad Apps #3Here’s another edition of our "Reduced Price iPad Apps" roundup.  These iPad apps have been reduced in price recently so get them while their prices remain low.  Please note that some apps may only be reduced in price for a short time so be sure to check the price before you purchase.




Games
BANG! [HD] the Official Video Game was $4.99 – NOW $3.99
Zen Puzzle Garden was $2.99 – NOW $0.99
Worms HD was $2.99 – NOW $0.99
Worms 2: Armageddon was $4.99 – NOW $2.99
Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 HD was $5.99 – NOW $0.99
Neuroshima Hex was $4.99 – NOW $2.99
Knights of the Phantom Castle was $4.99 – NOW $0.99
Rooms™: The Main Building was $5.99 – NOW $0.99
Scrap Metal was $2.99 – NOW $0.99
Super Stickman Golf was $2.99 – NOW $0.99
Cross Fingers was $1.99 – NOW $0.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 was $4.99 – NOW $2.99
Push Panic was $1.99 – NOW $0.99

Lifestyle
Appetites was $4.99 – NOW $0.99
The Recipe Box was $6.99 – NOW $3.99
Altered States – 15 Mind Altering Brainwave Programs was $1.99 – NOW $0.99

Sports
None since last update.

Entertainment
VideoHunters was $1.99 – NOW $0.99
procreate was $7.99 – NOW $4.99

Education
SkySafari was $14.99 – NOW $9.99
PhotoPuppet HD was $7.99 – NOW $2.99

Music
Discovr was $1.99 – NOW $0.99
iReal b was $9.99 – NOW $7.99
Audioprom was $9.99 – NOW $0.99
MoDrum – Synthesis-based Drum Machine was $6.99 – NOW $3.99
Vocal Exercises was $4.99 – NOW $3.99

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April 17th, 2011 at 8:17 AM EST | by inu846W

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Best Buy was found to be preparing for an iPad 2 promotion last week after rumors of a rift between the retail chain and Apple turned out to be much ado about nothing. Some had originally thought Best Buy was purposefully holding back on their iPad 2 inventory and only selling their quota for each day. There was also talk that Apple got wind of this news and was not too happy about it. But the situation has been cleared up now and all is well between Apple and Best Buy. It turns out Best Buy was just gearing up for a nationwide iPad 2 promotion for today, Sunday, April 17.

Strong rumors suggested recently that Toys R’ Us was preparing to sell iPad 2 and was conducting training sessions with employees. Those rumors have turned out to be true as Toys R’ Us is starting to sell iPad 2 today. View stores participating in sales here.

iPad News Via: macrumors.com

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