That's Olympic gold medal winning snark :)
Have a pint.
Analysts worldwide are increasingly dumfounded today as it appears that the new Retina iPad Mini from Apple has not, according to Apple's online stores, sold out within hours of becoming available. As this article is written the UK Apple Store website still shows all models of Retina Mini available for delivery within just …
Comparing iToy sales to Android sales is like comparing the Greek economy to the US economy. They're different scales completely. Android is activating 1.5 million devices each DAY - every day.
The competition has been over for a long time, fanboys. Welcome to your tiny market niche.
@hypercomm - "iPad accounts for 85% of usage in North America. http://chitika.com/insights/2013/june-tablet-update"
Yeah - those numbers are a completely bogus method of analyzing market share. Here's how Chitika arrives at them: "Chitika Insights sampled tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian TABLET ONLINE AD IMPRESSIONS RUNNING THROUGH THE CHITIKA AD NETWORK".
The fact is, Chitika targets iPad users with their ads. They are just bragging that they are getting better at zeroing in on iPad users, rather than serving up ads to users of other tablets.
If you asked Google, those numbers might be completely upside down, as they target Android users.
I think he was just comparing Nexus 4 sales to Apple sales — one supplier versus one supplier rather than every Android supplier versus the one iOS supplier.
That said, who would really expect the Nexus 4 to outsell the iPad Mini? It's an unsubsidised phone available only via mail order. That's just not how most people buy their phones. I'll bet the Nexus amounts to a tiny segment of Android sales.
"Comparing iToy sales to Android sales is like comparing the Greek economy to the US economy. They're different scales completely. Android is activating 1.5 million devices each DAY - every day.
The competition has been over for a long time, fanboys. Welcome to your tiny market niche."
There there. Do you feel better now? Righteous glow of personal achievement through your proxy God?
Now, take your pills, lie down and write for us, in gory detail, how you made this happen and why it reflects so well upon you, assuming it really did happen and not just in your fevered imagination.
Alternatively, get a life and something worthwhile to chortle or grieve over. Still, nothing much else is happening, just the odd thousand or so dead through a typhoon, business as usual in Syria and some poverty and health law problems in the USA.
Perhaps you're right: get back to getting worked up about gadget sales, much more fun than football or cricket scores.
"Either way, by this point the product should be "sold out", so generating stronger desire for it and enabling Apple to sell more."
Only in fantasy TheRegister supply-chain land. No company ever deliberately restricts supply at launch as it will *always* result in a significant proportion of sales lost to competitors. The Register claim that that is why Apple have been short on supplies has always been pure "speculative" fantasy. The reason has always been that stocking up for a launch sales spike is an extremely difficult thing to do, because you need a large quantity of stock when production of a new device is at it's weakest (the wedge shaped supply and demand graphs seen in the initial launch weeks are travelling in different directions and cross over each other). As a market matures, initial sales spikes reduce and as the product range is diversified here is a greater spread additionally they are getting better at gearing up for product launches. iPad supply is moving into a phase that is closer to what we see when a new MacBook comes out.
"Only in fantasy TheRegister supply-chain land. No company ever deliberately restricts supply at launch as it will *always* result in a significant proportion of sales lost to competitors."
Maybe not previously with Apple. Maybe previously the fanbois were so loyal they would wait for the Apple product to be back in stock.
Maybe thats now changed though.
Maybe Apple now even knows thats changed and maybe they really have physically ran out of stock but are continuing to take orders because they know so many people will happily go buy that cheap Android instead now.
Or maybe, you know, Apple managed to avoid any sort of supply issues and managed to build enough of them at launch to supply at least the first day's demand.
Gotta love the Apple haters line: If they run out of supply, it is because Apple is artificially restricting supply to create buzz, not due to high sales. If they don't run out of supply, it is because "fanbois are no longer loyal", they wouldn't even consider that maybe for once Apple built enough of them.
Either way, they're always in denial that Apple is selling very many, because if Apple has a shrinking percentage of the overall market, they must be going down the tubes. Nevermind that Apple keeps selling more iPads and iPhones every year than the last. There is a large portion of the market that will only buy on the low end, and Android OEMs are happy to supply there. Apple isn't interested in that market, because there is almost no profit to be made from those customers, before or after the sale.
Wow - Supply chain Management 101 in a single breathless paragraph.
It all sounds so rational....
And the glorious image of wedges zipping across one another across the horizon will stay in my mind for a few minutes more.
But for all its entertaining value, I must disagree with your comment sir.... and maybe you are the one living in "Fantasy Text book Rational Supply Chain Management Land".
Yes we all know Lead times are a b*tch to manage and shifting stock to outlets in view of a launch an even bigger headache.
But what you forget is that launches are more often in the hands of the almighty marketing teams than in those of the hard working sales channels managers.
And everybody knows the marketing guys are... well marketing guys.
If you've never seen orchestrated artificial penury at product launch of branded items you do need to get out a bit more... because - unless you are selling a generic product - penury creates buzz and raises product visibility.... It does not result in significant losses to competitors, it results in a steeper demand curve in the weeks following the launch.
What launch penury says is "This is the piece of bling to buy since everyone else wants it"....
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