Kindle Fire Owners Likely to Switch to Upcoming iPad 3
There’s no such thing as loyalty in the tech world…unless you’re Apple. Sure, people often pledge allegiance to particular brands, but when it comes down to it; tech consumers are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest version of the latest and greatest gadget on the market. And sales figures and consumer studies consistently show that Apple is the brand consumers most often look to when it comes time to spend.
The tablet market is no exception to that trend. A study from deal-shopping site TechBargains.com found that the iPad 3, rumored to be released next month, is an object of desire for existing tablet owners, including about 58 percent of surveyed owners of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
While Amazon certainly had reason to celebrate its noteworthy Q4 in 2011, when it sold an estimated 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets and scooped up 14.3 percent market share, it seems that even those who recently brought a Kindle Fire into their lives are looking to upgrade to the more expensive, technically advanced Apple offering.
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“When it comes to tablets, Apple’s iPad will continue to remain the leader,” said Yung Trang, President of TechBargains.com. “But what’s very interesting is that Kindle Fire was released just three months ago and yet more than half of Fire owners already know that they will, in fact, buy the iPad 3. This could be a commentary on consumer dissatisfaction with Amazon’s product or simply a message that the iPad’s user experience remains unparalleled.”
TechBargains.com’s survey did find that 16 percent of those surveyed think the iPad 3 will be too expensive and another 35 percent have not yet decided whether or not they will buy one. But 74 percent of respondents said that they believe that no other tablet even compares to an iPad.
Rumors have been swirling that a Kindle Fire 2 may make an appearance as early as spring of this year, and an official announcement may sway a few Apple devotees if—and only if—its specs don’t leave too much to be desired.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.