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How I use the iPad Air

I spend most of my working week being extremely mobile. I spend more time mobile during the work week than I do being stationary. This is why, for me, the iPad Air is the perfect mobile computing companion. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 13th, 2013
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Android as the Platform For Commodity Electronics

In the most recent episode of my podcast with Benedict Evans we discussed the post PC era and Android’s role in this post PC era. We touch on a number of points but during the course of the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 8th, 2013
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The China Smartphone Report

This is a high level overview of the Chinese market and some of the interesting trends we see in the region with smartphones. Chinese consumers remain a mobile first set of consumers and in many cases mobile only. For the vast …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   November 7th, 2013
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Only Apple, Only Google, and Only Amazon

Every company, in order to compete, must have a secret recipe. Something that helps their offering in the market standout from a sea of competitors. Those companies best poised to succeed in the future and adapt as necessary in a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 4th, 2013
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Facebook’s Conundrum

I used to be very bearish on Facebook. I’d say I’m more skeptically neutral now. Each quarter Facebook has posted significant growth in terms of monthly active users. Yet when we talk to consumers, particularly younger ones …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 1st, 2013
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The iPad and PCs

A few years ago I started making the point that our behavioral research findings kept indicating that once consumers started using iPads that their PC usage declined. My overall point was not that the iPad was being purchased to …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   October 31st, 2013
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Apple’s Tablet Market Share

As I pointed out last week, we have to be very careful with statistics that generalize data. Like the one making headlines the past few days stating that Apple’s tablet market share has dipped below 30%.

As I pointed …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 31st, 2013
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The iPad Air –A Truly Mass Market Personal Computer

With the iPad Air, Apple has created the world’s thinest and lightest full size tablet. And by adding their 64-bit A7 processor they have made it extremely powerful as well. After using the iPad Air for the past week I’m …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 29th, 2013
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Apple Upbeat About The Holiday Quarter

There were a number of key takeaways from Apple’s Q4’13 earnings call. iPhones continue to beat estimates and grow. We expect this trend to continue into the holiday quarter. Even though many are pessimistic about the iPhone 5c …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   October 28th, 2013
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When Genuine Data Leads to Disingenuous Conclusions

I genuinely love the industry analyst business. I love the role we analysts, our data, and our commentary play in helping companies make strategic decisions. However, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend.1

The challenge with data is that the truth lies in …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 25th, 2013
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Can Windows Phone Compete in the Low-End?

At Nokia World earlier this week Nokia launched what I feel is an interesting product. I am an optimist so I have not given up on Microsoft or Nokia when it comes to mobile computing. The most interesting product to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 24th, 2013
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Apple’s Software as a Service Strategy

We have had one focus since the beginning. To build the best personal computers in the world that people love to use. –Tim Cook

It is easy to look at Tuesday’s event from a hardware only viewpoint and miss the significance. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 24th, 2013
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Why Does the iPad 2 Still Exist?

There seemed to be some general surprise from many as to why the iPad is going to stay in market. Particularly since it still has the 30-pin connector. Many assumed Apple wants to be aggressive in moving their …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   October 23rd, 2013
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Apple’s Software Pricing and the Impact on the Competition

When I saw Apple’s theme around free with their software strategy I instantly started thinking about how this could impact the competitive landscape. And while doing so I remembered a strategy from the art of war. Force your …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   October 23rd, 2013
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The State of Tablets

On the eve of Apple’s event–where we expect new iPad’s to be unveiled–I thought I would provide a high level view of the current state of the tablet market. While it may not be terribly obvious to many, the holiday …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 21st, 2013
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Microsoft’s Uncharted Territory

As I study the industry, the market trends, and the solutions trying to flow with the trends, I’m fascinated by what Microsoft is doing strategically. From a historical standpoint, we have to conclude that the Microsoft of old is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 18th, 2013
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Bringing Technology to the Masses

Whenever I speak or give a presentation for the first time to a new audience, I start off with a slide where I explain where we are in the transition from the analog world to the digital world.

This …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 15th, 2013
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Why Apple is Growing Its Bank Account

During my conversation with Benedict Evans as we recorded the 4th episode of our podcast, we got to discussing some competitive players in the mobile market. During this conversation Benedict brought up how aggressive Samsung is with a portion …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 11th, 2013
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It’s Tough Competing With the iPhone

Understanding what is happening in smartphones is all a matter of perspective. It is easy to get caught up in the OS market share statistics and lose sight of the big picture.

comScore has recently updated their MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2013
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Our Services Destiny

Speculating about the future is not easy. Traditional wisdom looks to technology industry history as our guide. The lessons from this history often shed great insight into the future. However, using this history has its challenges and requires context. But …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 7th, 2013
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The Value of Software and the Evolution of Handheld Computing

We are witnessing an unprecedented event in the history of computing. The upgrade from iOS 6 to iOS 7 is on pace to become the fastest operating system transition in history.

As I reflect on this reality it brings to light …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 1st, 2013
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Apple’s 5C Invasion Strategy

All the speculation around the iPhone 5C was that it was designed to be Apple’s product to infiltrate the lower tiers of the market and begin to take share from Android. You may or may not know that in …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 30th, 2013
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Surface Thoughts

As I reflected on Microsoft’s Surface event earlier in the week, I was reminded again that in its current form at least, Microsoft is still not yet making a tablet. They are making a PC that kind of looks …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 27th, 2013
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Samsung’s Precarious Position

Samsung, I believe is in a precarious position. I’ve felt this way for quite some time despite their continued growth in mobile over the past few years. But my reasoning comes from understanding how Samsung got to the …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2013
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The Cubed Podcast

I wanted to share with our readers that I have started a podcast called Cubed with several colleagues I genuinely enjoy chatting with. They are Ben Thompson of stratechery and Benedict Evans. Our goal is to have smart …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2013