Do you remember the days when personal computers were all the rage in the education sector? Probably, being that this was not that long ago. However, things are now changing and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may find itself in position to take advantage.
According to a recent report by IDC, “tablet shipments into the U.S. education sector expanded by 103% in 2012 with greater adoption yet to come.”
When you take a closer look at that number, you may be astonished by what you see. Tablet shipments in the education sector are booming. There is nothing small about the increase.
Does this necessarily mean that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be the only company to benefit? Definitely not. However, since Cupertino is at the top of the market, and this is a well known fact, it is definitely going to get the first crack at most of the business that is out there.
Here is an excerpt from the report, giving a better idea of just how big things are getting:
“New International Data Corporation (IDC) research shows that shipments of client devices (notebooks, desktops and tablets) to the U.S. education sector grew 15.3% year over year in 2012 with volume nearing 8.5 million units. IDC estimates the value of these shipments at $5 billion. Much of this growth can be attributed to tablet shipments, which grew 103% year over year in 2012. Strong demand for these devices increased the share of tablets in the education client device market from 19.4% in 2011 to more than 35% in 2012, and that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.”
As you can imagine, tablets are becoming very popular in the United States among both high schools and colleges.
The question now is this: which company is going to be in position to take advantage of this trend?
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is definitely the frontrunner, since the company has done big things in this space in the past.
Here is what Tom Mainelli, Research Director of tablets for IDC had to say:
“Tablet vendors that expect to compete in the education market need to be thinking beyond just hardware speeds and feeds. We expect K-12 in particular to be at the center of new innovations where partnerships between hardware makers, content owners, solution providers and others will lead to many new educational opportunities.”
Sounds like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), doesn’t it?