Apple's iPad sales are down for the third straight quarter according to the company's earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, selling a total of 12.3 iPads which is down from 14.1 million units in the year-ago quarter. The company has sold 68 million iPads in 2014 and has sold 237.5 million iPads total. The news comes after the company announced its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 last week at its special media event.

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Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented that the drop in iPad sales over the past two quarters was just a "speed bump" for Apple. In the company's third-quarter earnings call, Cook highlighted overall sales of more than 225 million iPads since the device launched in 2010 and suggested the tablet market as a whole was still "in its infancy." The CEO also stated at the time that "significant innovation could be brought to the iPad" ahead of this year's new iPad releases.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will go on sale this week, although the company focused primarily on the former at its event. The iPad Air features a faster A8X processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a profile that is just 6.1 mm thick, and a new gapless laminated display that produces sharper images. Meanwhile, the iPad Mini 3 includes a few changes aside from the Touch ID home button and a new gold color option.

Apple is also said to be preparing to launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro early next year, although some reports have claimed that mass production of the larger tablet has been put on hold to shift resources towards iPhone 6 plus production. The display of the larger tablet will reportedly near ultra high-definition quality and will likely ship with the faster A8X processor.

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Glassed Silver Avatar
83 months ago
I'm sure the "new" iPad Mini will fix this easily

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Glassed Silver Avatar
83 months ago
Tablet speakers suck. Invest in some nice, comfortable headphones.
Pretty sure he's not talking about those serving as first choice speakers, but it's nice to have them when you need them.

e.g. playing some music in the kitchen whilst you're cooking, no need for high fidelity there, or when you just want to watch the occasional Youtube video together with a friend on the couch or something.

I use my iPad's speaker often enough to want stereo and most importantly: they should be placed somewhere that makes some actual sense.

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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hexor Avatar
83 months ago
Maybe they need to cut their profit margins some. They are also making the product lineup extremely confusing by having so many old models listed now. That is the same mistake Apple started to make before Steve Jobs came back and had to clean house.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
firestarter Avatar
83 months ago
iPad development has been unimaginative over the past couple of iterations - and the platform is stagnating. The only meaningful change we've got is 'thinner'.

- What about improving the sound? Android and Windows tablets offer stereo for media viewing in the landscape view. iPad does not.

- Form factor - as a media consumption device the 4:3 screen is a poor choice, wasting a lot of screen real estate top and bottom of a TV program or movie

- Lockdown - expansion limitations preventing the use of external storage and camera memory cards across third party apps limits the iPad as a creative tool. I've switched to taking a MBA on trips because the iPad just doesn't work well in this space

- Screen and OS design - old, old, old and a poor use of space. Let me pack more icons on a screen and arrange them as I want, for goodness sake!

iPad functionality just isn't looking as attractive compared to lighter laptops with better battery capacity and more powerful phones with bigger screens. It needs to expand its functionality or be squeezed out.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdridwan47 Avatar
83 months ago
Still they treated the new mini so poorly.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elmateo487 Avatar
83 months ago
I wonder if the crippled mini was a way to combat this, and drive up iPad Air 2 sales.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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