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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding an iPad  (Source: Newscom)
Apple's tablet is much hotter than it's traditional computer offerings

While the iPad and Macs may be pretty close in terms of temperature (hot), in terms of popularity, the iPad is reportedly substantially surpassing its more traditional companion.  Hot off reports that the iPad Wi-Fi version hit sales in excess of 1 million units in under a month, analyst Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets bumped his estimate of 2010 iPad sales from 5 million to 8 million.

The bullish new estimate comes amid Abramsky's claim that the iPad is selling about 200,000 iPads a week, versus 110,000 Macs a week.  Based on first quarter 2010 Apple sales figures, the iPhone may still hold an edge over the iPad, as it is estimated to be selling around 245,000 units a week.

The iPad may be cannibalizing iPod or Mac sales to a small extent, but according to recent surveys most buyers look at it as fulfilling a different personal electronics role.  According to a recent survey by UBS analyst Maynard Um, most iPad buyers don't look at the device as a replacement for their Mac or PC.

Some analysts are predicting a "halo effect", as with Apple's past introductions of new products like the iPod or iPhone.  The idea here is that increased iPad sales will actually fuel sales of other Apple products like Macs or iPhones by creating new fans.

Apple is coming off a couple of strong quarters, in which posted massive profits.  Its 3G enabled iPad launched in the U.S. in late April and will launch internationally at the end of this month.  The international launch of the 3G version was delayed because of shortages in the U.S.

If there's one cloud in Apple's sunny sky, it's the brewing storm of tablets from the likes of Google (using Android or Chrome OS) and HP (using webOS from the recently acquired Palm).  With Android having just passed Apple in smart phone sales, Apple has to be more than a little worried about how its going to be able to maintain its early lead, this time around.

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By Exodite on 5/24/2010 10:36:10 AM , Rating: 2
I'm just waiting for the whole tablet fad to pass this time as well.

There's still no 'killer app' to push device which makes it less than a smartphone, portable media player or notebook in all categories.

RE: Unlikely
By hubbabubbagum on 5/24/2010 10:45:49 AM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't need to make one.

They're riding on the backs of creative devs the world over.

Currently, you're right! I've used on and there is simply no reason in the world to get one of these.

RE: Unlikely
By Motoman on 5/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: Unlikely
By Cypherdude1 on 5/25/2010 11:44:02 AM , Rating: 1
I'm just waiting for the whole tablet fad to pass this time as well. There's still no 'killer app' to push device which makes it less than a smartphone, portable media player or notebook in all categories.
Anyone who states this is thinking the wrong way. iPads can be very useful for business people on the move. Anyone who works outside their office, or for that matter doesn't have an office to begin with, will find the iPad more convenient than a laptop. While a laptop can get the job done, iPads are more practical for anyone on the move. For construction managers, realtors, any mobile mechanic, electricians, plumbers, etc..., a G3-connected iPad is far more convenient. There are probably a dozen other job categories I haven't even thought of. This is why the iPad is selling so well. People who have these jobs and money to spend for office equipment can buy iPads. The only problem I can think of is the iPad runs off an Apple O/S. Most business people require a Windows-based O/S. It may not be possible to work around this for custom business apps.

Certain consumers can also find iPads indispensable. Consumers wishing to buy a car, RV, house, or other big ticket items, can now do price and feature comparisons right on location, instead of taking notes and waiting return home. While a laptop would work, they can be awkward to use if you don't have a table and chair to work from.

The iPad doesn't have killer apps. The iPad is the killer app.

RE: Unlikely
By Exodite on 5/24/2010 11:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
That actually makes sense in a weird and twisted way.

If there's one company out there that could hope to push sales of a pointless device, keeping the market on life support as it is, while developers scramble to come up with a reason to justify its existence it's Apple.

And that's a compliment mind you, while I'm not keen on many of their devices myself I can't really argue against their marketing or fan base.

I suppose my bet would be on electronic newspapers, books and - most importantly - comics. That said I don't think the tablets, or the DRM-infested readers and support software, are good enough to act as a viable replacement for printed material in a good, long while.

RE: Unlikely
By Alphafox78 on 5/24/2010 12:27:44 PM , Rating: 3
its pointless unless you actually try to use one. and find its really nice to surf the web with. unless there is no flash.

RE: Unlikely
By afkrotch on 5/24/2010 8:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
To get part of the same experience. Rub your fingers all over your monitor at home. Done? Now move your monitor close to the window. Make sure the sun beams right down onto it. Can you still see it? Almost there. Now dim the monitor. Viola! Almost the same experience.

RE: Unlikely
By zonkie on 5/25/2010 1:52:13 AM , Rating: 2
Like nerds, if it works when exposed to sunlight, they blew it!

RE: Unlikely
By Fracture on 5/26/2010 9:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
Did Steve shrink? He looks tiny holding that iPhone.

RE: Unlikely
By imaheadcase on 5/24/2010 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 1
Yah i hate these kind of "news" posts. Its equal to having fortune read by a gypsy in a tent.

First off, I would say most of these are by people with something to gain from review, people bias towards other products, love the thing themselves and have no ojective bone in body about it.

Furthermore, the Ipad is NOT going to sell that many, in fact most people I know (actually 2 people) who got it returned it. But most people I have heard talk about it say the same thing others do "Why not just use a laptop?".

The Ipad with be a niche market, like MAC computer is now.

RE: Unlikely
By Gio6518 on 5/24/2010 2:35:40 PM , Rating: 1
Furthermore, the Ipad is NOT going to sell that many

of course not i always they would sell alot at first then the sales will diminish...

most people that want one ran out and got one.....

and furthermore your forgetting the school factor, apple gave away tens if not hundreds of thousands to school districts, so they can try to market them to kids...everyone i know that works in a schools i.t. department got one along with many teachers ,even my children said that teachers were showing them off to students, saying look how cool you should ask your parents for 1

RE: Unlikely
By Hiawa23 on 5/24/2010 10:47:35 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, Apple has a huge base. I don't own anything Apple, don't plan on it, but more power to em. I am for any American company doing well in these tough economic times, but their products are way to expensive for my tastes.

RE: Unlikely
By marvdmartian on 5/24/2010 11:21:06 AM , Rating: 3
This analyst (me) predicts that shortly after selling their 8 millionth iPad, the "Fruity Ones" will announce the upcoming release of "iPad 2.0", which will give 3 new features (still not the ones people want), cost $200 more, and cause all the Apple fanboys to run out and buy one.

Naturally, it will be entirely incapable of integrating with the current iPad, which the drones will quickly get rid of, at bargain basement prices.

RE: Unlikely
By damianrobertjones on 5/24/2010 2:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, which seems to work time after time.

RE: Unlikely
By Lazarus Dark on 5/24/2010 7:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
a touch tablet would make a great home automation remote!

... and that's about it. I can't imagine any other use for it. It's not portable like a smartphone, so you won't take it out as much. And it's not fully featured, so it can't replace a laptop, or even a netbook. I have a Moto Droid + laptop. I can't see anything that a touch tablet could do for me.

When cheap enough, they might make good interactive teaching tools for toddlers?

The correct word is "fanboys"
By hubbabubbagum on 5/24/2010 10:33:03 AM , Rating: 2
"The idea here is that increased iPad sales will actually fuel sales of other Apple products like Macs or iPhones by creating new fans."

Fans enjoy something.

Fanboys (fanatics) obsess over something, waste thousands of dollars on it, and evangelize it to anyone who will listen.

I have met very few Mac fans but a disturbing number of Mac fanboys (and girls).

The cult seems to be very hard to resist once you get close...

RE: The correct word is "fanboys"
By kmmatney on 5/24/2010 12:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
I was an Apple hater until I started using an iPhone for work - now I'm a fan. I enjoy the iPhone, and its free. I'm really wanting to buy an iPad now - the price isn't too bad, especially if you've paid nothing for a cell phone for the last ten years like I have.

BTW - The iPhone is very sturdy. I was walking my dog the other day and found a 3GS in the street - it had been run over by at least one car. It had a plastic case around it and a screen protector. The case was cracked, and the screen protector was ruined, but underneath the device was perfect. I was able to return it to a very relieved owner the next day.

RE: The correct word is "fanboys"
By damianrobertjones on 5/24/2010 2:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
A standard HTC diamond fell off of a managers car in work, was run over by who knows how many cars and thankfully he returned to see that it, even without a cover or screen protector, it was still working fine. Scratched, but fine.

RE: The correct word is "fanboys"
By McDave on 5/24/2010 10:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Damn - what a nuisance. Now he'll have to 'drop' it a bit further again to get it replaced with an iPhone!


RE: The correct word is "fanboys"
By afkrotch on 5/24/2010 11:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
Man, I was working outside the international space station and I dropped my Motorola Droid. It fell into the atmosphere and I thought it was long gone. Well, I get a call a few days after I return from my mission and low and behold. Some dude in China found it and was trying to return it to me. That phone is super amazing.

By hubbabubbagum on 5/25/2010 9:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the illustration!

Apple Idiot Here
By DavidScubadiver on 5/24/2010 11:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Mac Pro desktop a couple years ago and am foolish enough to have fallen in love with it after decades of windows operating systems. Yes, I can't use all of the thousands of programs I never used before, but I can use the iPhoto/Aperture to handle all of my photos take with my dSLR camera, and it handles them beautifully.

Last week I receied my iPad. And, I enjoy holding the internet in my hand, something I can't do with a laptop. I enjoy the calendar feature, synced to my google calendar so I can see what my wife and I have planned simply by touching the calendar icon whenever I wish.

I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal on the way into the city, while riding the MetroNorth train, using the iPad instead of having to hope the delivery guy makes the delivery before I head off to the train station. The iPad edition is always dry, never in the bushes, and always up to date with any late breaking news.

I like the CNBC real time market app, to show me how my stocks are doing (Apple up $6.29 this morning, yay!).

I enjoy having my pdf documents with me, on my lightweight iPad, all highlighted and annotated through iAnnotate, so that I can tool around my documents at the touch of a finger.

When I am bored, I enjoy a game of Scrabble with my friends and family, word search (highlighting found words with my finger), checkers or even air hockey ont he big screen. It makes the train ride fun, and if you are traveling with someon, it is fun to play these games with them in person as well.

The bible is a great app as well, since its fun to highlight funny passages.

Beat the Traffic App, for the NYC area is also very handy, especially when I am having to decide whether to go over the Tapanzee or the GWB to get to/from NJ.

The GPS HD by Motion X is also just cool to have. Indeed, everything about the iPad is just really neat.

Don't hate the iPad.

RE: Apple Idiot Here
By Phoque on 5/24/2010 12:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the iPad I hate, it's Steve Jobs.

RE: Apple Idiot Here
By DavidScubadiver on 5/24/2010 12:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
I was very angry when a colleague of mine told me that the iPad was not compatible with his Mac because he had an old operating system. He can run the latest iTunes software but the Mac won't accept the iPad. I thought, "What an freaking stupid thing for Apple to do!", forcing people to connect the iPad to a windows machine when there is a perfectly adequate Mac in the house.

RE: Apple Idiot Here
By EasyC on 5/24/2010 12:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
You just used adequate and Mac in the same sentence. LOL!! Good one.

RE: Apple Idiot Here
By EasyC on 5/24/2010 12:11:05 PM , Rating: 3
I enjoy all of these things too, with my smartphone. So not only do I get it all in the palm of ONE hand, but I don't have to dish out an extra 600$ for a bloated novelty item just to line the pockets of the morally pitiful. Oh and did I mention it has an SD Card slot?

The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Tony Swash on 5/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Pirks on 5/24/2010 2:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you're trying to explain color theory to the blind. You'll only get -1 rating for all your efforts. Trust me on that, I'm with DT since its birth, it's techtards playing ground, anything positive about Apple gets -1 rating immediately, just like this post of mine. Don't waste your time and rating here.

RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Tony Swash on 5/24/2010 2:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you're trying to explain color theory to the blind. You'll only get -1 rating for all your efforts. Trust me on that, I'm with DT since its birth, it's techtards playing ground, anything positive about Apple gets -1 rating immediately, just like this post of mine. Don't waste your time and rating here.

Thanks for the supportive advice. I know its all a bit of waste of time but I am retired now so I have a lot of time and for the moment teasing the techtards is fun - they are so out of touch with reality its like gently teasing a child - as long as nobody bursts into tears its OK.

RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Pirks on 5/24/2010 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 1
Proper techtard teasing must be done with six phantom accounts. Here's how it's done properly: 1) you tease them 2) your post rating goes to -1 3) you wait a few days until they stop trolling around 4) you use your phantom accounts to bring your rating back to 5.

By doing this you'll keep your rating high so every time some techtard clicks on your nick to enjoy your obviously very low rating... he discovers that it's unexpectedly high which causes short circuit in his little brain. One less techtroll. Simple and effective forum cleansing technology, I'd use it myself if I were retired.

RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By sapiens74 on 5/25/2010 3:30:55 AM , Rating: 2
You gotta wear your -1 rating as a badge of honor around here.

DT readers have a hard time comprehending that most users 99.9 percent want to enjoy using technology. Techtards idea of enjoyment is having to use a command switch to turn on Flash with a hacked phone OS. Who doesn't enjoy turning on debugging mode to run a beta product, right?

In the mean time we will continue to be called sheep, even though the term sheep means the majority of ill informed users. Doesn't 95 percent of computer users running Windows constitute masses? Wouldn't that make us the wolves? :)

By Pirks on 5/25/2010 8:12:12 PM , Rating: 2
You gotta wear your -1 rating as a badge of honor around here
This is exactly what I'm doing man, exactly what I'm doin', just to piss a few more techtards off. Score a kill whenever you can!

By themaster08 on 5/25/2010 3:57:29 AM , Rating: 1
How many times must we go through this tedious shit.

In all honesty, if you don't like it, what the hell are you doing here?

There's fanboyism on both sides of the spectrum. When there's an article about a product from one of Apple's competitors, we get the likes of reader1 commenting "it's shit" without any knowledge or use of the actual product, simply because it's not made by Apple.

There are many other people that are just the same as reader1. Inevitably, there will be more of those on the techie spectrum here due to the nature of the site.

Being "retired" I would have imagined you'd know this and just do the mature thing and simply ignore those that rate you down. Not "tease them" as you put it, because you'll get an automatic -1 and no one will care less about your post.

You just have to accept that when coming to a tech oriented site like this, you will get some backlash for supporting Apple. Just like if any of us "techtards" were to go to an Apple oriented site and start preaching our judgements. The only difference being, I don't think most of us are stupid enough to do such a thing.

My analysis
By 2bdetermine on 5/24/2010 10:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
This guy probably got all of his Apple gadgets free of charge for analyzing nice thing about Apple.

RE: My analysis
By JasonMick on 5/24/2010 10:30:44 AM , Rating: 1
Don't be ridiculous, he obviously needs that gold plated iPad for testing purposes...

RE: My analysis
By Shatbot on 5/24/2010 10:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
I just ordered an "aPad iRobot" for $200, a knock off from China. People are already setting out fixing the standard roms, so the experience will just get better and better.

Android of course, so there's porn in case you were worried.

RE: My analysis
By hubbabubbagum on 5/24/2010 10:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
Canada's public broadcaster spends so much time pimping Apple products that I can only assume they are being given piles of the stuff.

It's disgusting when you consider Apples is being advertised on our tax dollar...

Of course they're outselling Macs...
By Motoman on 5/24/2010 11:14:35 AM , Rating: 2
...the iPad is a toy - people buy toys based on the novelty. More people are willing to be irrational when buying a toy, if the $ involved is not a concern to them.

Buying a Mac instead of a PC is a totally irrational course of action that has huge penalties against the consumer - like not being able to use the vast majority of software in the world and all the other fun BS that goes with owning a Mac.

Simply put, buying a toy which is a waste of money is less stupid than investing in an overpriced, unreliable, walled-garden of a computer that massively hampers your ability to do anything. Computers are important - toys aren't.

By robinthakur on 5/26/2010 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
That's pretty patronising really. It equates to saying "I don't like the product but people are buying the product in their millions, therefore they must be stupid" While you took the time to type that Apple emade another million selling their 'toy' to people that love using it.

You can run Windows on a Macbook, by the way, and ignoring the cost of the mac, the build quality and design is simply untouchable except by lappies like the Adamo from Dell and some Lenovos which are also very expensive and with generally worse customer support. You pays your money and you takes your choice as they say.

People used to think things like the EeeePc was a toy until the term 'Netbook' became ubiquitous. The iPad has single handedly made the Tablet PC an option for many people after the form factor has singularly failed, having been on the market for at least 10 years. From that you can establish that actually the public want a computer existing in a "walled garden", they don't need to run all the software in the world, and they possibly use their mac or iPad for productive purposes rather than endless tweaking. There's nothing I would honestly want to do that I couldn't do now on a Mac OS in practical terms. There's no visual studio but for that I can run in Windows mode :)

As to your hilarious last line, maybe some fresh air is what you need. You've obviously been locked inside with your important Computer far too long and need to go play with some toys...

slow news day?
By muhahaaha on 5/24/2010 11:20:24 AM , Rating: 2
wow, suckers that watch american idol and see ipad commercials are buying them?


Sanity is not popular in today's world.

RE: slow news day?
By Uncle on 5/24/2010 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
Early adopters always pay a higher price, its a standard in industry. So when is the price of any i products coming down. xbox, ps3,wii, have all come down in price. Or is that why Apple allows one company (AT&T iphone)to sell one of their products at a time because if Apple alowed more then one company to sell their products they would under normal circumstances have to compete. Apple has found the best loop whole to keep their prices high. No competition.

iPad sales outpacing Mac sales?
By iFX on 5/24/2010 11:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I underestimated just how too people can be.

By afkrotch on 5/24/2010 10:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
huh? I don't understand this sentence.

By ChipDude on 5/24/2010 12:15:01 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it should outsell macs, its what 4x cheaper, but soon buyers will have a host of windows and android alternatives that are OPEN, will have USB and SD slots and do FLASH.

The replay of the Mac is coming all over again.

People who think that what is a unique interface at the music player or smartphone level scales up to a larger form factor. It doesn't people want something a little more usefuly and lots of competition is coming... A closed system is a recipe to again achieve 10% market share!

By muhahaaha on 5/24/2010 12:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
amen brother. iPhad is gonna go the way of AppleTV...

It makes a kind of sense
By hubbabubbagum on 5/24/2010 2:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
The Apple faithful can only buy Apple products.

Apple doesn't manufacture any truly portable computers (12" or smaller AND under 3 pounds).

The pad is the only Apple device they can actually lug around.

I LOVE my 11.6" lappie (Acer 1810T w/C2D, 4GB, WXGA, HDMI/VGA, etc) and even if I enjoyed OSX I would not buy a Mac because they are too big and heavy and feature 1200 pixel wide screens. They also cost double the price I payed.

I would never buy an Apple pad because I enjoy flexibility, high-resolution, and industry standard interfaces (USB, SD, HDMI/VGA)

I must grant that Apple generally uses nice screens. An IPS is the only upgrade (beyond SSD) I would make to my lappie.

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