Apple Inc's Q1 Tablet Miss Might Not Be as Bad as You Think

Breaking down why Apple’s tablet decline might not be as bad as researchers like IDC would have investors think.

May 7, 2014 at 9:30AM

Tech investors everywhere are grappling with a simple, yet uncomfortable, truth: The global smartphone and tablet market simply aren't the growth drivers they used to be. And at no other name has that perhaps been more readily observable than at the world's largest technology company -- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

As we saw in its homerun earnings report last month or in researcher IDC's Q1 tablet market share figures, Apple's overall shipments and tablet market share both contracted big time in the calendar-year first quarter.

However, it's also important to note that this tablet decline might not be the black eye that IDC's numbers might project on the surface, especially for the likes of Apple.

Apple's tablet miss
According to IDC, Apple's share of the tablet market fell to 32.5%, the first time Apple's share of this key market fell below one-third since Apple helped create the market in 2010. As we saw in its earnings, Apple's iPad shipments fell roughly 16%.

However, there were a few key mitigating factors that show that Apple's iPad slump might be as severe as it might appear on the surface. In the following video, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner breaks down Apple's iPad sales figures in greater detail and shows that Apple's iPad figures aren't the letdown you might initially think.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

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The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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