May 28th, 2012, 5:52 A.M.–One analyst said the tablet computer market will be bigger for Apple than the personal computer market. So, the new MacBook Pro will not beat the iPad?
Apple, according to rumors, is on the verge of announcing a new laptop computer, the long-rumored new MacBook Pro 2012 that will run the latest version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, the Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. Early developer build reviews say the new OS X version slightly mimics the iOS, Apple’s popular mobile operating system.
From its new features like the Notification Center, the Game Center and Airplay Mirroring, experts say the next-gen OS X will try to use the popularity of the iOS to attract more customers, and it looks like the money guys agree, one analyst said the tablet computer market will give Apple more revenue than the Macintosh–well, this is not a shocking insight, apparently.
According to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, the iPad is still more profitable than the personal computer market, and it is highly possible that his statement is based on the strong demand for Apple’s popular tablet PC brand, the iPad, including the latest model which offers Long Term Evolution, a new display with more pixels per inch, and new processor that enhances the productivity of the device.
A report posted by Barron’s quotes the notes by Munster. He says:
The tablet market will be bigger for Apple than the personal computer market, with the iPad retaining the market share lead for years.
Apple is trying to reinvent its Mac OS X ecosystem. In fact, the company is trying to implement the same iPad-esque strategy to protect the Mac’s thin growth. Last year, Apple launched the Mac App Store, the Mac’s own application store where customers can order and download applications from Apple and third-party developers, and to gain the attention of consumers, Apple distributed its Mac OS X Lion operating system online using the application store. This year, Apple is widely expected to use the same strategy with its Mountain Lion operating system.
Upgrading is easier now with the Mac App Store, allowing customers to purchase the software using their Apple ID with the credit card to pay for the product. Apparently, it is obviously easier than going to an Apple Store and buy a physical drive.
Speaking of “easier,” rumors say the new MacBook Pro will not only introduce the new OS X operating system, but it will also unveil the company’s latest computer ecosystem, a more internet-centric ecosystem that taps the power of the internet to send and receive data. One rumor, citing unnamed sources from Asia, said that the next MacBook will feature the same MacBook Air-like design with no optical drive, and with wedge-like design that will make the new product more portable than ever. With no optical drive, it is highly possible that the upcoming MacBook Pro users will use the Mac App Store often than before, and it will give Apple the new, and more vibrant revenue stream.
But the iPad is still more profitable, and based on Munster’s notes, consumers will still buy the iPads, especially now, because it features the faster LTE or Long Term Evolution, allowing owners to download a full movie faster than the home broadband (in many cases). Plus, the iPad is still more popular than its rivals, Android and other devices, attracting more customers each year. According to the latest tablet computer tally posted by Canaccord Genuity, Apple will sell 65.6 million iPads this year.
Can the new MacBook Pro 2012 beat the new iPad?
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