Apple Inc. has sold about 7.5 million iPads in the six months since its newest blockbuster gadget went on sale, its early popularity effectively setting the standard for a whole new category of modern tablet computers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a rare appearance on a conference call with Wall Street analysts after the company announced its fiscal fourth-quarter results Monday. Jobs delivered a cutting monologue about tablet computers from competitors that have started to trickle out, saying at one point that "we think the current crop of seven-inch tablets are going to be D.O.A _ dead on arrival." (Apple's iPad has a screen that's nearly 10 inches diagonally.)
Later, Jobs fielded another question about the iPad's advantages over other forthcoming tablets.
QUESTION: Do you think Apple is going to be able to keep growing its share of the tablet market once gadgets from competitors with different strategies _ cheaper tablets, support for Adobe Inc.'s Flash technology _ arrive on the market?
RESPONSE: I have a hard time envisioning what those strategies you mentioned are. In terms of pricing so far, the little we've seen, the tablets with far less functionality are having a hard time matching us in price. Flash hasn't presented any problem at all. Most of the video on the web is available in HTML 5. And having the iTunes media store and over 35,000 apps on the (iTunes) App Store for iPad dwarfs anything else, and we think we have a very good product here that's going to be hard to match. And we're not done. We're working on a lot of things for the future, so I don't know exactly what these strategies are, and we've priced iPad pretty aggressively, so we're out to win this one.