A new survey has found that 13 percent of respondents are likely to buy Apple’s forthcoming iPad, a number greater than the 9 percent who planned to purchase an iPhone before its launch in 2007.
link: AppleInsider | Apple iPad demand exceeding pre-launch iPhone buzz?
A summary of the typical expert reaction to the iPad in three steps:
Step 1: Expert: “Apple is stupid to launch such a dumb product!”
Step 2: Product sells very well
Step 3: Expert: “Well, what do you expect… People are stupid!”
Developers creating games for mobile phones increased to 25 percent, up from 12 percent a year ago. Of those mobile developers, 75 percent are targeting iPhone and iPod Touch games. The total number of iPhone developers is more than twice the number making games for the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable.
link: Game developers move to iPhone, ignore Wii | VentureBeat
Gartner sees smartphone market volume growing a whopping 46 percent from 172.4 million sold last year, boosted by cheaper models. The most affordable now cost just over $100 excluding operator subsidies.
link: Handset market rebounding in 2010: report – Yahoo! News
Anyone modeling iPhone growth this year below 50% is implying Apple will lose share.
If Apple maintains market share (about 15%) it would sell about 37 million iPhones in 2010. Apple grew iPhone unit sales about 84% from 2008 to 2009.
Total Apps Approved: 180534
Total Available Apps: 161262
In related news: the total number of apps on the Android Market is now almost 30,000.
Sources: appshopper.com, androidlib.com