Sales of iPads have been falling for most of 2014, and there are concerns that the tablet’s sales are going to get worse. Now, as Apple Inc. gets ready to unveil new models this week, the iPad is facing its own worst enemy: the iPhone 6 Plus.
With a 5.5-inch diagonal screen the iPhone 6 Plus will mount a big challenge to tablets, in particular Apple’s own 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display. “Our findings are those that purchased a phablet are less likely to also have a 7-inch tablet product.” ABI Research senior practice director, mobile, Jeff Orr, said. “The difference in what they would do with the 5.5-inch display versus the 7-inch display is probably not that different.”
But that might not be such a bad thing for Apple and perhaps one reason why Apple’s revenue and profits have been climbing while iPad sales have been falling.
I’ve used mobile devices heavily in my work for a long time but none in recent memory has impacted my routine more than the big new iPhone.
When I get a new smartphone I set out to make it part of my work routine. Most phones don’t make much of a difference, and I expected that would be the case with the iPhone 6 Plus. I was wrong about that, and it’s one of those times I’m glad I was.
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