Apple’s iPad: Bigger than Starbucks

From CNET’s “The iPad is perfect for art, games and movies, but Apple wants more” posted Friday:

In the company’s last fiscal year, Apple rang up $23.7 billion in iPad sales. That makes the iPad slightly bigger than the $23.5 billion Starbucks made selling coffee, food and items like mugs around the globe during the same time.

My take: Fun fact, just in time for next Tuesday’s Spring Loaded event.


  1. I’ve seen the iPad & other tablets in medical offices and hospitals for years. Small businesses push one at me to sign with my fingertip. Now Square and others offer special swivel stands that do Apple Pay, among other methods. It’s the development and adoption of specific POS (point of sale) software solutions that steers an organization towards specific hardware. As the economy rebounds Apple Pay transactions should spike as will demand for upgraded POS equipment.

    April 17, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Yesterday the family celebrated my sister’s birthday at an Italian restaurant. The menu was on an iPad and we paid via Apple Pay.

    I’ve never even seen an Android tablet in the wild, and it seems I’m seeing fewer Android handsets (although I have no real evidence this is true).

    April 17, 2021
  3. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Does this mean that while small businesses and healthcare providers are becoming more efficient and productive by using Apple products and services, it amplifies the fact they’re still leaving the “innovation” to Apple? Or should I check first with Mark Gurman to obtain his thoughts and insightful analysis on the true cause for this non impactful and sheer happenstance of events that still overall supports his market thesis that Apple no longer “innovates?”

    I’m extremely confused.

    April 17, 2021

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