iPad sales hurting laptops in SA

2011-07-04 22:45

Johannesburg - Some local retailers have reported that an increase in Apple's iPad sales have affected the sale of PCs and laptops.

Christopher Riley, managing director of notebook and accessories retailer, The Notebook Company, said that while sales of iPads had been "absolutely brilliant", they had negatively affected total sales of netbooks and laptops at his company over the past two quarters.

"It appears the sales of iPad and iPad2, while they have been great, have negatively affected sales of our other products, in quite a major fashion. So while the arrival of iPads can be welcomed, at the end of the day they haven't acted to add that much to our overall revenue.

"I really felt that they would find their own niche in the market, rather than replacing other sales. But, in our experience, this is not happening. I thought they would replace laptops as more mobile devices, and that notebooks would finally replace desktops, thereby not affecting overall sales volumes."

Riley did say, however, that "perhaps a growing number of our clients are just more mobile users then the traditional desk-bound type".

Mixed feelings

Analysts had mixed feelings regarding the effect iPads and other tablet devices were having on the PC market, a market Riley originally predicted would be "noticeably affected".

PC sales were down in the most recent quarter, leading some analysts to claim this was a direct result of the increasing popularity of tablet devices.

Other analysts argued, however, that the Windows 7 launch prompted a sales spike that boosted PC sales figures last year. This resulted, therefore, in the "sales correction" seen during this last quarter reported.

"No matter how you look at it, less and less people and companies are going to go out there and actively shop for desktops. They will naturally have their place, but not at the rate of before. The sales curve for PCs will drop consistently over the next few years," said Riley.

According to the Bedford Report, global PC shipments fell in the first quarter compared with a year ago - the first drop in six quarters. Gartner and IDC, meanwhile, reported declines of 1.1% and 3.2% respectively. Gartner had forecast the figure would rise by 3%.

Shipments made by the top three PC makers including Dell, Acer and HP all dropped in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, the company said.

  • bongane.mabena - 2011-07-04 23:37

    International Trade affecting National Trade: Control the number of imports; support local companies; strategy, hey - adjust! Otherwise, depending on foreign technology and resources will negatively impact our production, costs, and overall output to say the least ... Our labour might consequently suffer. Touche!cal companies; strategy, hey - adjust! Otherwise, depending on foreign technology and resources will negatively impact our production, costs, and overall output to say the least ... Our labour might consequently suffer. Touche!

      RobbedZombie - 2011-07-05 12:38

      Uhm, nobody in SA is developing any of this kind of technology. In fact most of the world is dependant on the same few microchip manufacturers. So how exactly is this going to impact our labour? Will the non-existent SA microchip and touchscreen factory workers all be out of a job?

      Nintendo - 2011-07-05 13:39

      yeah judging by the time you wrote this you were obviously flying like a kite!!

  • IntuiSlaya - 2011-07-05 03:54

    OK, first off the iPad is not a replacement for a PC! Has any body considered that the fact that sales of the iPad are effecting the sales of PC's and laptops is because the price of iPads in South Africa are so freaking high.

      Wade - 2011-07-05 04:46

      Hey man just a question, am i missing something here? you just stated that ipads are hella expesnive in s.a? so how does that affect pcs?

      Roman Moroni - 2011-07-05 05:16

      @ IntuiSlaya - you and I know it's not a replacement, but all the label crazy wannabee withit people of NSA wants to say "I've got an iPad, you know the one from Apple" and so they go and buy the overhyped extra large iPhone - to do what with no-one knows.

      Valis - 2011-07-05 11:17

      I will never understand why people would buy such an over-priced piece of junk anyway.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-07-05 13:45

      Mr Roman Moron & Co. The iPad was never MEANT to be a PC replacement. What it IS, is the BEST mobile device you can buy. There is certainly something to be said for devices that operate on Android, but you will not beat the build quality of the iPad. The new IOS5 will make a great mobile device even better. And as to you Mr. Valid..... What do you propose as an alternative? The brilliant, but even more expensive Samsung? The terrible Motorola Zoom? The even WORSE RIM Playbook? Or one of the crappy Chinese generics? Tll you what..... You buy one of those and we can all have a hearty laugh at you.

      Mark Couzyn - 2011-07-05 15:32

      @Phelun Wulf - I have a 10.1" Asus Transformer (Android 3.1) with optional keypad, the build quality is stunning despite being manufactured in China. Best of all is that it can do EVERYTHING that that an Ipad can do, without having to beg Steve Jobs permission to use MY purchased product as I wish.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-07-05 21:19

      @Mark, I love the Samsung. But I just cannot justify the price! Now talk about EXPENSIVE! The ASUS is nowhere near the qaulity of the Samsung or the Apple, it is at best just another netbook with the keyboard attached. You are welcome to it. Also, can you spell j a I l b r e a k?

      RobbedZombie - 2011-07-06 12:35

      @Mark Couzyn Man I have been looking for one of those or an Eee Slate EP121 since forever. Please tell me wher I can get one in SA! With these out they can shove their iCraps right up their...

      RobbedZombie - 2011-07-06 12:50

      @ Phelan Wulf Do you even know what jailbreak means? Please, explain to me exactly.

  • Sisie - 2011-07-05 07:23

    Ipads are expensive in this country, so therefore you can't afford ipads & laptop/computer. What with the import tax and other duties that we pay i to import technology the consumer in this country is taken for a total ride, so the retailer can up their prices how they like, you aren't going to know the difference, they can just tell you it is tax & other duties. Gullible that's what we are.

      MK83 - 2011-07-05 09:33

      Actually Ipads are cheaper in South Africa than they are in most Countries around the world... please do some research... Now if you want ot talk about iPhones which are imported by our awesome cellphone providers and not Apple themselves... those babies are 3 to 4 times the price of iPhones overseas.....

      Linus - 2011-07-05 09:45

      quite right mk83 - also the official Apple distributors pricing here is good; it's the grey marketers who import themselves and then resell here whose prices are out of order - you would have to be desperate or stupid to buy from these people...

      RobbedZombie - 2011-07-05 12:54

      @MK83 From what bus did you fall off? On average an iPad 2 entry level goes for around R7000. Buy one in the States and you can get it for $499. At the current exchange rate that's +/- R3300. iPad 2 Cheap in SA? I think not. For a 64 gb with 3G? You have to shell out at least R8000 whilst you can get it overseas for $699 / or +/- R$4500. Get your facts straight.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-07-05 13:51

      I am in Turkey right now, flew in via Dubai. Nowhere have I found an iPad for cheaper than what I paid for mine at Inceredible Corruption(iPod 1 costs here what I paid for my iPad 2). Will be flying back via Dubai tomorrow and will go do some serious shopping around to compare prices. So far, it looks like the best bet is to buy it in SA. Especially if you figure the 14% I port charge on electronics. What you DON'T want to do is buy any accessories in SA. Those are WAY cheaper over the net.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-07-05 13:53

      @Rob Zombie. You are talking plain and utter crap. 16Gb WiFi iPad 2 costs R4300 at Incredible Connection Menlynn. Go look, for yourself. Or you can bet me money if you prefer....... I can always do with more money.....

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-07-05 13:55

      Oh, btw Robbed..... The US price is NOT $400. You should stop smoking your socks

      adriaan1990 - 2011-07-05 20:07

      Bought an iPad 2 with 3G in Copenhagen 2 days ago for R6000 with a tax refund slip of R1000.

      jimmy20 - 2011-07-06 04:19

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      RobbedZombie - 2011-07-06 12:45

      @Phelan Wulf I never said $400 - I said $499. Its on their freaking web site: For my SA prices you can check places like and so on. I provided proof, now please do the same and give us all a link or shut the f**k up.

  • drBob - 2011-07-05 07:45

    Be nice if you could get an iPad, had one on order for over 4 weeks... Good mobile device, but not a PC or Mac replacement...

      MK83 - 2011-07-05 09:38

      Depends on the use, for most people the iPad is more than a good enough PC replacement. Most facebook, email, surfing users have no real need for the power of the modern laptop.. The convience, ease of use, quick startup town, hassle free app purchases, lack of viruses and general all around stability, make them a great choice for non power users, which these days are going to make up most of the market...

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-05 08:00

    I love my pads

  • namib24 - 2011-07-05 11:15

    One would think that a reporter knows the difference between "then" and "than". (5th par)

  • jimmy20 - 2011-07-06 04:13

    best ipad/ipad 2 applications free download:

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