by Joe White
August 17, 2010
If you've been wondering exactly how Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad has affected the market in the months following its release, then we have a bit of data for you - thanks to DigiTimes. Apparently, Jerry Shen (president and CEO of Asustek Computer) has stated at an investor's conference that his company will ship a mere 1.4 million units in the next quarter. This is a smaller figure when compared with Asustek Computer's previous sales. Previously, the company sold 1.5 million units in Q2, and 1.6 million at the beginning of the year. However, this figure has gradually declined, and Shen knows exactly why. The CEO reportedly labelled "competition" from the iPad as the reason behind the reduction in netbook sales. Yet, this really should come as no surprise. Remember when Steve directly compared the iPad with netbooks, way back in January when the device was announced? Since then, many labelled the iPad as a "netbook competitor" - something the device has undoubtedly lived up to. The iPad is forecasted to ship 11 million units by the end of the year. Not bad for something that's just a "big iPod touch", right? So, what do you think? Have you chosen the iPad over a netbook? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments box below!