Apple Would Have to Stumble
Microsoft’s introduction of its “Surface” tablet, using the same Windows 8 operating system as a desktop, is a wonderful idea. It is not likely, however, to make much of a dent in Apple’s (iPad, iPad mini) dominance in the tablet arena according to analysts.
David Pogue, the tech guru of the New York Times, seemed like he wanted to write a positive review of the Surface published just before its release on October 26, 2012. He did, to some extent: he loved the hardware (because it has so many ports, connections, memory card slots compared to an iPad) but…he didn’t seem very impressed with the software.
APG MA’s founder, Moskoff, is not considering putting his investors’ money into development of Apps for Microsoft’s new arrival: “we’re going to stick with the iPad as our tablet computer for, at least, the next couple of years,” he said.
At the same time, he is investing resources to develop some Apps for smartphones using the Android operating system. “I’m not stupid,” he said, “I see that the iPhone is losing its dominance in the smartphone category.”
It’s hard to ignore the numbers in the tablet computing market and Apple is likely, unless it stumbles, to retain a majority of that niche. It helps, too, that many App developers actually prefer creating programs for Apple’s crowded App Store versus Google’s “Play.”
Says Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray as a conclusion to a small survey he conducted at Apple’s Developer Confernece: “iOS was the clear favorite in two categories: ease of development and future revenue growth.”
So, if you’re a lawyer (or anyone, for that matter) looking for a tablet to buy this Christmas, Moskoff suggests you stick with an Apple product: yes, they’re expensive but they have the most robust Apps offering in the market and…are likely to keep that lead.
What’s that? you say: he’s pretty invested in the Apple product line? Yes, that’s true. APG MA’s flagship product, iSplit Divorce, runs only on an iPad (it needs a larger screen than a smartphone can provide).
Caution: if you’re just looking for a reader, the Kindle and Nook products are wonderful. But, if you’re looking for a replacement for your laptop, we’d suggest a tablet with some power.
APG Mobile Applications is a northern California developer of mobile appoications with a social beenfit. It is working on creating apps — which entertain, empower, entertain and educate — that solve complex human, health and social issues.