If you needed proof that the iPad’s success is affecting adoption of competing tablets then the news, reported by The Loop, that other tablet manufacturers have slowed production of tablets by nearly 10% since last March should give you what you were looking for.
A report issued by JP Morgan Chase is stating that manufacturers of competing tablet brands have slowed orders for manufacturing in the face of faltering sales. The report names several competing tablets, including Asustek’s Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola’s XOOM, RIM’s PlayBook, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. In March of last year, orders for tablets other than the iPad totaled 81 million, this year it’s closer to 73 million.
It seems that if that tablet isn’t an iPad, people aren’t jumping at ownership. By anecdotal comparison, at the Apple store in San Francisco CA, there was still a line out front to purchase iPad 2s and Apple employees had to give out vouchers to make sure that people got them in the order that they arrived. It’s a stark contrast to the tablet sales slump that Apple’s competitors are experiencing.