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Archive for March, 2012

Over 50% of US Households Own an Apple Device!

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According to a recent survey commissioned by CNBC, 51% of United States households own at least one Apple product.  Additionally, the CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey indicated that 1 in 10 homes that don’t own Apple products plan to purchase one in the next year.

When you get down to the nitty gritty details, that’s more than 55 million homes with at least one iPod, iPad, iPhone and/or Mac computer.  How you like them apples? These numbers are sure to rise as iPad sales and activations are breaking records all over the place!

Apple needn’t worry about brand saturation as most Americans don’t stop with just one device.  The average household owns 1.6 Apple products, with at least one quarter planning on purchasing more in the next year.

Jay Campbell, vice president of Hart Research Associates, which conducted the CNBC survey, said, “It’s a fantastic business model – the more of our products you own, the more likely you are to buy more.  Planned obsolescence has always been a part of the technology industries sales model, but Apple has taken it to a whole new level.”

Here’s some interesting facts from the survey:

  • The majority of Apple purchasers are male, college-educated and younger.
  • The more money you earn, the more Apple products you’re likely to own (not surprising).
  • 28% of those making less than $30,000 a year own at least one apple product while 77% of those making more than $75,000 own an average of about 3 Apple devices.
  • The age gap isn’t as wide as you think.  63% of Americans ages 18 to 34 and 35 to 49 call themselves Apple users.  The percentage drops to 50% when you get into the 50 to 64 age group and drops again to 26% for those over 65.
  • 61% of households with children own Apple devices compared to 48% of homes without kids.

The poll was conducted by land line and cellphone from March 19 to 22 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4%.

What do you think of these numbers? More importantly, how many Apple devices do you own?  Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know you can protect and enhance your iPhone, iPod and iPad with Liquid-Armor? iHospital is currently offering this cool new service for $19.99 or at an additional $9.99 when you come in to iHospital for any repair.  Drop in to one of our locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice today!  

 

Wow! The New iPad Counts for 1 in 15 Apple Tablets!

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It’s been over a week since the new iPad launched and guess what? The new device accounts for 1 in 15 Apple tablets accessing the Internet according to Macworld.

The data comes in from Chitika, a mobile ad network, which regularly retrieves data from its ad-serving network for various device and browser usage patterns.  According to the numbers, over a 24-hour period, the new iPad generated 6.6% of all iPad traffic that went through the company’s systems.  The first generation iPad as well as the iPad 2 were responsible for the remaining 93.4%.

The new iPad has been slowly moving up the chart since it’s debut on March 16.  Last Saturday, Chitika said that the new iPad hit a high point of 5% and reached 9.9% for an hour on Tuesday, March 20.  Pretty amazing right?

All in all, Apple has already sold over 3 million new iPads and this number represents 5.4% of the 55.3 million iPads Apple sold through Dec. 31, 2011. iPad sales and activations broke single-day records as well.  Apple started selling tablets in 25 more markets including Austria, Finland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain which means you can now buy iPads in 35 countries!

iPad Shipping delays now sit at one to two weeks, a decrease of a week from the previous two to three week delay.

Did you stand in line to purchase Apple’s new iPad? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know you can protect and enhance your iPhone, iPod and iPad with Liquid-Armor? iHospital is currently offering this cool new service for $19.99 or at an additional $9.99 when you come in to iHospital for any repair.  Drop in to one of our locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice today!  

iHospital on Wall Street Journal Radio

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Got a problem with your iPhone? Might save a few bucks on the repair if you choose a place other than the Apple store to have it fixed like the iHospital. Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Sherr says this chain of repair shops is one of many firms that have sprung up and built their business largely by fixing Apple devices and Ian described the iHospital:

Ian Sherr – The iHospital is one of many different companies and small businesses that are out there and have basically built themselves around the ability to fix iPad, iPhones, mobile devices and even computers in some cases for customers.

The idea is basically we have millions of these devices being sold every year and we only have 360 Apple stores around the world.  They can’t service all of them.  What happens is someone breaks their phone, they drop it, the glass breaks and where do they go? They can go to Apple or they can go to one of these places and what’s really interesting about the iHospital in particular is that it has taken this idea of we are going to fix your device, we’re going to make it all good, and they’ve really gone all out.

They have a quote-on-quote operating room, a triage center and they all wear scrubs.  They even have special training they go to called the Doctor of iDevices where they have to go through Apple certification tests and then extra work on top of that to be called a doctor at the iHospital.

Is Apple endorcing these types of services Ian?

Ian Sherr – Apple isn’t going to come down one way or another on it.  I think they are intelligent enough to know that when it comes down to it there are too many people to be able to serve all of them. I’ve heard bits and pieces of some Apple stores recommending some places when a persons out of warranty, but there’s nothing official out of Apple how they feel one way or another about it.

The one thing that is worth noting i think is that a lot of these places use parts that may not come from Apple when they are replacing the device. In fact, a bunch of these people speak ill of each one another when they say well his parts aren’t as high quality as mine and whatnot.  The glass may not have the same coating and the same feel when your using it on your iPhone so there are kind of some arguments for hey if you can bring it to Apple you should but otherwise here’s a great opportunity, if you’re out of warranty, or if the cost is just too high.

Thanks Ian, that is Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Sherr on the popularity of the iHospital chain.

CT Watchdog: iHospital For Broken iPhones, iPads, Macs And All Apple Products

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The following article was run on CTWatchdog.com

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As a huge Apple fan and a stockholder, the major issue I have with Apple is that repairs to Apple products at its stores is expensive and the warranty on them sucks – that is a technical term.iHospital-slide-4 The warranties on new products is great, especially when you purchase extended care plans.

Thankfully there is now a business that repairs broken, waterlogged and troubled Apple products, at half the cost of Apple and with a year warranty, instead of 90 days for parts: TheiHospital.com 

“The chain of repair shops is one of many firms that have sprung up and build their business largely by repairing Apple devices. Far from the dingy, box-and-cord littered shops of the past, these businesses have taken on the Apple ethos with slick presentation and savvy brand building. Their customers come hoping to pay less for repairs than at Apple’s own stores,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

Tech Check: The NEW iPad via iHospital and Fox 5

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Well Apple is rolling out its new iPad and you’d have to look hard to see any changes. It’s a little heavier, a little thicker, but as Doug Evans reports now in Tech Check, the real difference is on the inside.

Apple didn’t even really say what it was going to be called; iPad 3, iPad HD. The Apple CEO only referred to it as the new iPad.

The iPad 2 had good resolution but the new iPad is better. How much better? Apple says the new iPad has better resolution than your HD television.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO – “You see the iPad shows over a million more pixels than your very own HD TV does at home. That’s incredible.”

Tech Check: Buying Used Apple Products

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If you have your eye on an iPad but just can’t scrape together the money to buy it we’ve got some tips tonight in Tech Check that could help you save hundreds on a tablet or a cell phone.

But as Fox 5’s Doug Evans reports now you have to be willing to buy it used.

If you buy anything used you got a lot of risk right? You’re worried you’ll get ripped off or pay too much, or come home with someone else’s junk.

Rick Dunn is an airline pilot in Atlanta.  He saved $100 buying a used iPad 2 on Ebay a few months ago, and saved over $300 on an iPhone  4 for his twelve year old son Dalen.  But he admits buying used can be nerve wracking.

Rick Dunn – “Absolutely.  You’re nervous until it comes. You’re nervous till it shows up at your door and then you get it to work.”

Alright the first tip to buying used is to buy in person.  And the guys who fix broken Apple products say they hate seeing people ripped off.

iHospital Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal… Again!

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iHospital was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal for the second time in 24 hours!  We owe our customers and fans a huge thank you for your continued support and online love.

The first WSJ mention was a video titled Broken iPad? Take It to the iHospital and talks about why iHospital is different than other repair shops.  He also points out why iHospital caught his eye. And it wasn’t just our green scrubs!

In This ER, Doctors Operate on Pocket-Size Patients

Written by iHospital. Posted in Breaking News, iHospital iV, Media Coverage

By IAN SHERR

The patient might have been under water too long. Only a few months old, the victim wasn’t responding.

A doctor, in green surgical scrubs, rushed to his sparkling clean operating room, hopeful the patient could be saved.

The iHospital is a chain of stores that fixes broken Apple products but takes Apple-care to new levels, Ian Sherr reports on Lunch Break. Photo: Julie Busch Branaman for the Wall Street Journal.

After thoroughly scrubbing and putting in some new parts, he tightened the last screw and pushed the power button. The familiar Apple Inc. AAPL +0.81% logo fill the screen of the phone.

This doctor works at the iHospital.

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