During Apple’s fourth quarter earnings call yesterday, Tim Cook — the corporation’s chief-executive-officer — was asked what impact the Kindle Fire had on Apple’s iPad sales. Cook’s answer detailed that Apple had sold a record 15.4 million units in the previous quarter, hinting that the Fire had little if not any effect on the iPad’s sales. Cook went on to say that Apple does not consider ”limited function tablets and e-readers to be in the same category as the iPad” and that he believes the ecosystem for the iPad is ”in a class by itself.”
We strongly believe in optimizing applications from day one to take advantage of the larger canvas. There are only a few hundred apps designed for the competition, versus more than 170,000 apps designed specifically for iPad. People who want an iPad won’t settle for a limited function tablet.
Cook even went so far as to say that the iPad will even surpass the PC market in units. Statistics from IDC on last year’s sales prove that the iPad has outsold desktop PCs thus far and that it’s only a matter of time before the iPad overcomes the entire PC market.