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The iPad has sold over 3 million units. If it can sustain this sales pace up until the back-to-school and holiday seasons, it could sell between 9 million and 11 million units this year.  (Source: Apple)
It's over 3 MILLION!!!

Love Apple or hate it, it's impossible to deny that Apple knows how to make a hit product.  The company currently has the largest market cap of any tech company in the world.  After returning from medical leave Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned swinging for the fences, announcing the iPad tablet computer in January.  The iPad launched in Wi-Fi form on April 3 (U.S.), in 3G form on April 30 (U.S.), and finally in nine more countries on May 28.

Apple quickly blazed through sales of 1 million and 2 million units, leading some analysts to predict it could sell as many as 8 million units this year.

It certainly looks like that's a strong possibility, considering that Apple just sold its 3 millionth iPad on Monday, only 80 days after the device's launch.  Steve Jobs cheered the news, stating, "People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives.  We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

With the iPad, the tablet has become a hot new field of computing, which many say could rival netbooks or even traditional PCs.  After Apple's success many companies have scrambled to release tablets, but none of them have made it to market in the U.S. yet.

What makes the sales of the iPad particularly impressive is that they were generated during the traditionally weak summer months.  Between back-to-school shopping and the holiday season, Apple can anticipate sales to possibly rise in the near term.

Given this, we would raise the previous analyst estimates and actually estimate that Apple will sell between 9 million and 11 million iPads this year.





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By tviceman on 6/22/2010 5:12:15 PM , Rating: 5
Steve Jobs cheered the news, stating, "People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives. We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people..."

A part of their daily lives and magical.... I'm not denying that Apple has created products with great accessibility and has a certain "wow" factor with many of these said products, but is it just me or does Steve Jobs sound more and more like a High Priest of a Cult organization? It's almost literally scaring me how so many people have become wrapped up with Apple and hang on Steve Jobs' every word.




By JasonMick on 6/22/2010 5:23:20 PM , Rating: 5
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hang on Steve Jobs' every word.


Are you sure that's what they're hanging on?


By tviceman on 6/22/2010 5:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
Ahahahaha! This comment deserves a +10.


By Gio6518 on 6/22/2010 8:44:37 PM , Rating: 3
http://www.macoscompatible.com/news/story/ios_4_ad...

Granted Android doesnt have all the security holes and vulnerabilities that crapple has ....... Androids hardware is far superior and according to most tech websites OS 4.0 crapple will catch up to Android 2.1, just before 2.2 (froyo) so technically they're already they're behind in that area also.....if anything engadget is sucking up so charges might be dropped.........


By omnicronx on 6/23/2010 12:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but you are incorrect.. Upon release, the iPhone 4 is definitely the most powerful smartphone on the market..

They have the highest resolution screen, and the best CPU/GPU combination on the market. Everyone always looks at the Snapdragon 1GHZ and assume that because the CPU runs at 1GHZ it must be better, but thats just not the case.. Even the 3GS puts out more polys than all the phones currently using the 1GHZ Snapdragon..

The A4 is apparently very similar to the new Hummingbird that new phones like the Galaxy S will use.. not until then will Android be on a level playing field again. Hopefully we start to see some more dual core arm variants in the coming months so that Android can pull ahead again ;).. can't wait for some of the phones lurking down the pipeline.


By Bateluer on 6/22/2010 10:22:08 PM , Rating: 1
Enjoying your folders, are we?


By quiksilvr on 6/22/2010 11:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
Joking aside, I will concede that the iPhone's hardware is NEARLY superior to the competition (no microSD slot and no HDMI out is still an issue for me, and it's time to go 16:9 widescreen so we can get rid of the black bars), but because its run under Apple's tyrannical rule and using AT&T's lackluster and overpriced network, I could never see myself getting it.


By spread on 6/23/2010 5:22:06 AM , Rating: 1
Posted by reader1:
quote:
Not really. Apple has a lot of fans because their products are very shiny and expensive


I don't know why you guys are rating reader1 down. I agree with him that people buy apple products because they're shiny and expensive looking!

Keep up the good work reader1.


By themaster08 on 6/22/2010 5:26:35 PM , Rating: 3
Jason, I must say, you're on form today!


By SunAngel on 6/22/2010 5:24:34 PM , Rating: 1
Lol!, Dude it's a wonderful cult! Stop denying yourself and get on board.


By ARoyalF on 6/24/2010 11:53:40 AM , Rating: 2
Do you get a ride on a comet?


By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2010 5:45:41 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Other companies would have similar fans if their products sold as well as Apple's do.


Other companies do have products that sell as well as Apple.

In-fact... Other than the MP3 player market, Apple isn't a leader in any others, almost, but not a leader.


By rocky12345 on 6/22/2010 6:43:51 PM , Rating: 3
I guess there is just much Apple Koolaid floating around that sucks people into a Apple product.

I for one am not one of them thank god nor are any of my freinds or people I know that are around me. It i snot like Apple has better products in fact a lot of their stuff is behind the times or has been done long before Apple ever thought of it. EG:iPad= tablet PC, iPod= Pretty much any MP3 player iPod was made. iPhone= PDA/cell phone been there done that. Pretty much everything Apple has come out with has been done beofre they thought of it they just have a monster marketing department & lots of people on the koolaid.

Yes they have had a few ideas of their own but those are few & far between. They even stole the iPhone name from linksys which had products on the market before the Apple iPhone came out. Did Apple care no they thought linksys would just let it slide in the end it was decided that both companies could use the name yay.

Then there is this new privacy policy that Apple just came out with. I am sure that is going to ruffle a few feathers & get them into a bit of trouble.

Last note can we please stop posting articles on every liitle thing APple releases to the press I mean 3 mil sold who the frick cares. If this site & others want to release sales numbers maybe do the same for other companies as well like those that sell Android based products etc etc. To single out just Apple seems a bit pointless.

There are those that are going to say oh well you didn't have to read the article if you didn't want to see it. Well I didn't read it Iactually came in for a quick laugh at how the Aple fanboys would defend Apple when the PC guys dissed Apple so far have not been dissapointed right on que like always the crapple guys come in to defend almighty steve & his last gen products.


By themaster08 on 6/23/2010 2:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Pretty much everything Apple has come out with has been done beofre they thought of it they just have a monster marketing department & lots of people on the koolaid.
When purchasing a product, logic is required in order to pick the right product for your own needs, especially when that market is saturated with many fantastic choices.

Unfortunately, for many, logic seems to find itself lost when most illiterate consumers purchase their products. So they base their decisions on what they know, i.e. marketing campaigns and hearsay, both of which Apple are profoundly known for.

Their devices are household names. The names iPod and iPhone are what immediately come to the minds of the illiterate when talking about a device from their respective categories.

Alternatives are usually a second thought/non thought, which is a shame really. Unfortunately, I can't see this changing any time soon. Say "Android" to the masses and they'll be wondering what the hell you're on about. The same goes for alternatives to the iPod.

It's not about having a superior/inferior product, for most, it's sticking to the status quo because that's the easiest method. No thought process required.


By afkrotch on 6/23/2010 2:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
I use a Creative Zen X-Fi2 and not a single one has heard of that. I say iPod or Zune, bam. They instantly know that's an mp3.


By adrift02 on 6/23/2010 3:47:53 AM , Rating: 1
Ok guys time to drop your predispositions and look at these products for what they really are. Apple products sell well and please customers because they do what they are marketed for very well. The ipad isnt a replacement for a laptop but isnt supposed to be. It's great for an accessible brower on the road or games on the couch for example. I got one as a present (no, i didnt ask for it) and it has replaced my laptop for everything but productivity because it does everything else great, lasts forever, and is super trim. I dont own any other apple products but can accept this product for what it does well. As an example, my GF bitches constantly about the rooted android i bought for her (she wants her crapberry back). Why? Because all she wants is a simple texting machine. Is she stupid for not realizing how superior the android os is over the blackberry? No. She just wants the best and simplest product for what she uses it for. Marketing 101. If the customer doesn't see it as a benefit it's not needed. Stop focusing on what you want in a product and projecting it on others.


By themaster08 on 6/23/2010 12:01:57 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
As an example, my GF bitches constantly about the rooted android i bought for her (she wants her crapberry back)Why? Because all she wants is a simple texting machine. Is she stupid for not realizing how superior the android os is over the blackberry? No. She just wants the best and simplest product for what she uses it for.
Exactly. Your girlfriend wants something familiar. Something that requires no learning curve or thought process.
quote:
It's not about having a superior/inferior product, for most, it's sticking to the status quo because that's the easiest method. No thought process required.
So thank you for confirming my comment.


By adrift02 on 6/23/2010 9:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
While some are restricted by what's familiar the example of my GF was to show that while android is great, it's an actual legit os which comes with certain complexities and additional maintinance (memory issues, conflicts, etc) which are just a nuisance if you don't want or need he additional functionality. She can use the phone just fine, but it isn't as good of a texting machine as her crapberry. But, you can look at it either way i suppose. Just my 2 cents.


By themaster08 on 6/24/2010 2:07:57 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean. I have an Android phone and I must say it's not for everyone.

But devices such as the Palm Pre fell due to the force of the iPhone.

People weren't interested in even giving it a try, which is a massive shame, because WebOS is in my opinion far superior to both iOS and Android.


By JAB on 6/23/2010 4:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
Open thought that doesn't support MS google and the status quo are not welcome here. Think of it like baseball teams these are the Cub fans and nothing is going to make them say there team sucks. Nothing.


By Tony Swash on 6/23/2010 5:48:01 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
When purchasing a product, logic is required in order to pick the right product for your own needs, especially when that market is saturated with many fantastic choices.

Unfortunately, for many, logic seems to find itself lost when most illiterate consumers purchase their products. So they base their decisions on what they know, i.e. marketing campaigns and hearsay, both of which Apple are profoundly known for.

Their devices are household names. The names iPod and iPhone are what immediately come to the minds of the illiterate when talking about a device from their respective categories.

Alternatives are usually a second thought/non thought, which is a shame really. Unfortunately, I can't see this changing any time soon. Say "Android" to the masses and they'll be wondering what the hell you're on about. The same goes for alternatives to the iPod.

It's not about having a superior/inferior product, for most, it's sticking to the status quo because that's the easiest method. No thought process required.


Another perfect example, along with many other comments in this this thread, of TAC.

The Techie Apple Conundrum (TAC)

The TAC arises often on sites such as Daily Tech because the attraction of Apple products, and hence Apple's huge success as a company, is dependent on features and aspects of product design invisible to many Techies. Thus Apples success is mysterious, vexing and ultimately challenging.

Techies for example often focus on feature lists and technical specifications and compare one such list to another and look at comparative prices and cannot understand that someone would pay more for an "inferior" spec.

This of course misses a critical aspect of Apple product design, one of the keys to the success of Apple in the consumer market, which is that for many (perhaps most) consumers having fewer technical features is a positive thing. This seems paradoxical to Techies but this is because they fail to comprehend what the actual experience for the vast majority of consumers of hi-tech products actually is - which is bad.

Consumers constantly encounter products that don't work as advertised, products that squeeze so many functions into an item that using it for its main purposes is dreadfully complex, products that even when their function should be simple (i.e. to play music, to play a DVD, to surf the web, to write emails) require a thick user manual (many of which which are often written by engineers and are thus unhelpful).

Most hi-tec products are user-unfriendly for most consumers. But not to Techies because they have technical knowledge and so can cope with poor/arcane design. In fact Techies like such products because they find technical challenges fun and because it makes them useful (they are always helping people solve their technical problems) and thus boosts their self esteem.

Some kit, almost all non-Apple desktop computers for example, are not just difficult and poorly designed but are positively scary for almost all consumers. Many non-Apple desktop computers seem very complex to operate, go wrong for no clearly understood reasons and worst of all seem to be under constant attack. Watching someone move from a non-Apple desktop computer to a Mac you can often see them slowly losing their awful, and most of the times paralysing, fear of infection and attack. As the fear fades the pleasure of using their computer increases dramatically and people start to love their computers rather than secretly hating them. Thus another mac-head is born.

The emblematic product for TAC is the iPad. Here is a product that comes on instantly, looks and feels gorgeous, feels fast, is easy to operate and does (in a fantastically convenient form factor) most of what most people do most of the time on their computer (ie browse the web, send emails, watch movies, read stuff and look at and share photos). Plus it has two huge benefits for most consumers. First it doesn't feel like a computer - this is a good thing for most people because most people's experience of using computers has been bad. Secondly it feels very safe because of Apple's curated computing model, and most users of computers have previously felt unsafe most of the time.

The very reasons that make the iPad such a huge success are the very reasons that Techies don't get it. If one product above all induces TAC its the iPad. Techies say "but Apple has an iron grip and is killing our freedoms" (people want safety much more than some obscure technical freedom), "the iPad doesn't have [insert any number of features that consumers don't care about]", "its not a real computer" (exactly).

So the continuing, relentless and accelerating success of Apple seems almost inexplicable to most Techies, "how could such products be so successful?"

The answer Techies come up are fairly predictable:

- Apple's voodoo marketing: Apple is pulling the wool over the consumer eyes (sometimes this is blamed on media hype).

- Apple's evil lock in: Apple has a locked down and closed platform, once sucked in people can't leave.

- Apple consumers and users are idiots: Fooled by marketing and glitzy packaging the sheep can be sold everything.

Because Techies believe that these are the real reason people buy Apple products (other than the more obvious reason which is that consumers actually like them a lot) Techies also believe that this state of affairs cannot possibly last and therefore the final piece of the Techie response to Apple falls into place. Deranged by TAC Techies often come up with the most delusional statement of all - Apple is doomed.


By marvdmartian on 6/23/2010 8:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?

Okay! Thanks for clearing that up, we'll tell them to crank up the suicide mill.....er, I mean, the factory production line (!!!).....and get a bazillion more of their shiny products made!! ;)


By themaster08 on 6/23/2010 12:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
quote: So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?

Thanks for confirming one of my points
So you think that those masses use logic and consideration of other devices before making their choice?

Marketing, hype and hearsay play no part in their decisions?

How do these people make their purchasing decisions?


By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 4:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm not exactly a tech moron, but I made my purchasing decision (iPhone 3GS) last summer by spending about an hour at the AT&T store trying out all the phones. It was no contest - the iPhone was the best BY FAR. I'm sure a lot of other people do the same - try the product out and see how easy it is to use, then buy it.


By Alexstarfire on 6/23/2010 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
Considering how tech oriented the world is becoming what you say just makes the future look more bleak for Apple. It also explains why Apple doesn't do so well in the rest of the world apart from the iPod. They actually have logic, memory, and the ability to learn. As a result, they've found other products far more suitable.


By themaster08 on 6/23/2010 10:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not going to read the same crap again, but thanks for yet another lecture, oh great one.


By Tony Swash on 6/23/2010 10:42:22 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
thanks for yet another lecture, oh great one.


You don't have to call me oh great one - oh modestly superior one would do ;)


By DrizztVD on 6/23/2010 11:11:17 AM , Rating: 2
A very good hypothesis there. I do agree that Apple products get a lot of heat on these sites for no real reason. - But it happens because we find their business model disagreeable.

Leave the product specs and all that out. Apple is selling to a market that can easily be squeezed for their money, and squeezing them they are. Yes you have a point about the user friendliness and all, but what premium is a fair charge for that?

Fact is, I look at their products and realize that they do have the mix of features to appeal to a certain market segment. But then I look at what it costs in the market and it makes no sense that people would pay that price for the product.

You are right, technical features don't appeal to many people. Instead, social qualification does. Fact is Apple products are a social phenomenon- it's cool to own one. Now you do have to do some things right to be idolized in that way, one of which is to charge such a price for your products that only the rich can initially justify it's purchase. After that people who want to appear rich to their friends will bust the piggy bank to get an Apple product, they may like the technical features- but what justifies the premium is social acceptance- not the capabilities or presentation thereof.

As a technology enthusiast I'd like to see highly capable products being sold at fair prices, Apple products don't qualify. Jobs is exploiting a 'backdoor' in human psychology to enlarge his profit margins. Now you can argue that selling social status in a box is a product in itself, such as clothing brands has for many years, but I simply don't like it being done with technology. And unlike with clothes, I sure as hell can argue that the product's sales are not justified by it's capabilities alone.

As long as Apple continues to use branding and psychology to sell it's products, I have a fundamental problem with their business model. And I don't see why I can't say so.


By KoolAidMan1 on 6/24/2010 4:39:03 AM , Rating: 2
One of the best and most sane posts I've read here. You're one of the few here that "gets it", right on


By Hiawa23 on 6/23/2010 7:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
WOW, here I thought there was a bad economy. Apple just keeps on going going going, although I don't own anything from them, seems very impressive.


So..
By excrucio on 6/22/2010 4:46:57 PM , Rating: 3
So, now that we have 3 million beta testers, when can we expect the real thing? :)




RE: So..
By invidious on 6/22/2010 5:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
When the iPad 2.0 comes out in 6 months with a true 720p HD screen, camera, microphone then I might hop on board.

Or if a droid/windows tablet comes out with all those things plus usb port and a card reader then all the better. I would prefer to not have to reformat all my video media to the horrendous Apple format.


RE: So..
By FaceMaster on 6/22/2010 6:56:01 PM , Rating: 5
OMG you'd buy an APPLE product, you are SOOOO gay


RE: So..
By afkrotch on 6/23/2010 2:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, he got you good! FACE!!!!!!!!


RE: So..
By CrazyBernie on 6/23/2010 3:47:27 AM , Rating: 2
HA! More Like:

iPad 2.0: Camera - iSheep rush to buy.

iPad 3.0: HD Screen - iSheep rush to buy.

iPad 4.0: Microphone - iSheep rush to buy.

Apple likes to farm their existing customer base. They could care less about organic growth... otherwise they'd relase 2.0 with ALL of the features that 1.0 should come with.


RE: So..
By mellomonk on 6/23/2010 5:11:44 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I would prefer to not have to reformat all my video media to the horrendous Apple format.


You mean the near industry standard Mpeg4/H264 format? The same format that Microsoft is moving to in it's portable hardware and as the now recommended default for IE9? The odds on format for most html5 sites are going to use?

If your going to use adjectives such as 'horrendous' back up your opinion or stfu. I guess ignorance goes beyond the iSheep community.


RE: So..
By omnicronx on 6/23/2010 12:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
You mean that we are already in the future where all of our videos are h264?.. wait..

I have an iPad, and I am not very pleased that most of my videos do not work natively.. While I surely do have h264 videos, I still also have a lot of older videos that are not h264..

I don't see why I should have to convert from one lossy codec to another just to play a well known video codec.. The fact that h264 is superior is irrelevant, my source is already a lossy codec, it will most likely look worse after converting.

Would have loved xvid/divx support.. Guess I'll just have to transcode for now..


RE: So..
By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 5:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
You can buy Air video for $2.99:

http://itunes.apple.com/app/air-video-watch-your-v...

works fine with DivX and other formats.


RE: So..
By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 5:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
There is a free version to try it out...


Apple knows how to market a product
By Denigrate on 6/22/2010 4:50:16 PM , Rating: 5
I suppose that high sales = hit product. Though this is just another in the long line of iDrone purchases. Apple makes it and they buy it.

Enjoy Steve tracking your every move via your iPhone and iPad. Though I suppose that the tracking is a feature.




RE: Apple knows how to market a product
By reader1 on 6/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Apple knows how to market a product
By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2010 5:53:15 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
If it was easy, Apple's competitors would be just as successful.


Say what?

Apple is in 4th place in the PC market, and as a whole is still a very tiny percentage of the PC market.

In the Smart Phone market, Apple is ranked 3rd, impressive, but... They are loosing ground very quickly against Android and probably Windows Phone 7 in the future.

In the Tablet market (That's the iPad)... Well, can give them credit where credit is due, but there have already been Tablets on the market for over a decade, they are relying on there brand name recognition to sell.

Then in the MP3 player market, they are a monopoly, however this market is saturated.

quote:
Location tracking is extremely useful. In a few years, people will wonder how anyone could have been opposed to such a useful technology.


NO NO NO! It should be highly illegal to do that regardless of where you are, it is... INVASION OF PRIVACY!

Name me one good reason that having Apple track what you do is good for us? No, seriously, I'm interested, I would rather burn in hell before I give up my right for privacy and freedom. - Get your head checked.


By rocky12345 on 6/22/2010 6:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
Reader1 even you can not think this location tracking is a good thing. There is no point ot it all it serves is Apple & noone else. Do not let Apple fool you into thinking they did this for you because they did not. Ever heard of iADs or whatever Apple calls it. Think about it with location tracking on when you are traveling in a town or city & happen to go by a bestbuy or Subway fast food place & your phone starts vibing your pocket & you look at it & it is showing you a AD for bestbuy or whatever store you are by or just past. You tell me then how good this location tracking crap is.

If you still think it is a good thing then fella you got issues & so does anyone else that thinks so. I also seen that it will be on the APple desktops ummm WHY it is not like your MAC is going to be doing any traveling except maybe from one end of the room to the other. I would not have an issue with this if they actually made it something the customer could get something out of it. Maybe there will be good points to it but for the mostr part it is to serve APPLE no one else except those ompanies that pay APple for our information.


RE: Apple knows how to market a product
By Tony Swash on 6/23/2010 5:58:19 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
In the Smart Phone market, Apple is ranked 3rd, impressive, but... They are loosing ground very quickly against Android


Here is an interesting statistic.

Larva Labs estimates that Android Market payouts to developers in total is only 2 percent of App Store’s $1B payout to developers.

I guess thats why there are so few apps for Android.

Developers will follow the money and currently the money trail leads straight to Apple and the App Store.

http://larvalabs.com/blog/android/android-market-p...


By Alexstarfire on 6/23/2010 12:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
First off, it's an estimate. I don't know and don't really care how they came up with the estimate. To be fair, the Apple number is also an estimate. No actual numbers exist for the two marketplaces.

Secondly, unlike with Apple not everything has to come from the Android Marketplace. If it doesn't include apps that aren't on the marketplace then it's a useless number regardless of how accurate it may be.


By Bateluer on 6/22/2010 10:23:47 PM , Rating: 1
Err, you know Google had that feature before Apple did, right? And I turn it off on my Android phone, with good reason.


By akugami on 6/22/2010 8:25:31 PM , Rating: 3
The tracking sucks. It sucks bad. You can turn off the tracking though. It is also insanely ironic considering the 1984 commercial.

I'd also like to say that having used an iPad it is actually a slick product. This is from borrowing one to use. Now, don't get me wrong, it's still a glorified iPod Touch but it's actually not a bad web browser and casual gaming device. My 18 month old daughter loves my iPod and watching the virtual fishes in Koi Pond and is one of the things that will quiet her. I bet she'd love to play with those fishes in an iPad. The photo viewing app also works surprisingly well for showing off photos.

So the thing is, the iPad is a consumer device. It's not targeted at the tech crowd. The complaints by the tech crowd is falling on deaf ears. I'm a tech oriented person and the experience I had with it is largely positive, even if it is within a walled garden and that's why it's a hot seller. As much as the techie crowd may be annoyed by products like the iPad, computing is largely about the mass market now. The computers of old which were "geek" products are dead. Computers are commodities.

That said, I have no need/want for the first gen iPad. I'll see what is in store with a second gen iPad.

To get back to the tracking, it sucks. It is also insanely ironic considering the 1984 commercial.

@StevoLincolnite

iPhones are not losing ground to Android. I'd say it's a case of Android growing faster than the iPhone and that the iPhone is eating into RIM and Nokia's market share at a slower pace than Android. The smart phone market is growing and that means that for Apple to grow at its previous rate, it'd have to sell much more iPhones than it has. But by any metric, the iPhone is still doing very very well. If I was Apple I'd be more worried about the stagnant music/media player market, which basically means iPods.

@eskimospy

Did you actually try an iPad out? It's a slick device as I said in the above portion of my post and I also said I have no interest in getting one. But speaking as someone who has tried it out, it's actually a slick device. I can see why general consumers would buy one. If you want to label someone as a sucker, go talk to the people who bought pet rocks.


By StephR on 6/23/2010 8:26:10 AM , Rating: 2
A lways
P reventing
P eople
L ooking
E lsewhere

I guess they live up to their name! XD


Selling 3 million of a product means...
By falacy on 6/22/2010 8:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
that 3 million people bought it, not that it is a good product.

307,006,550 people in the USA as of July 2009. So, if those stats were for the US only then 0.977% of folks bought one. Absolutely magical success that is! I am astonished!

It's not a terrible device, but it's certainly not something I would refer to as revolutionary let alone magical. I'd rather own a netbook, a blackberry, a laptop, and a desktop and... I do! Not sure why I'd own a huge ipod touch too.




RE: Selling 3 million of a product means...
By CyborgTMT on 6/22/2010 11:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
that 3 million people bought it


Not really, Apple counts every iPad in 3rd party inventory as a sale since Apple 'sold' it to them. So all the Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and other retailer's stock is being added to that number.


RE: Selling 3 million of a product means...
By MScrip on 6/23/2010 12:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
quote:

Apple counts every iPad in 3rd party inventory as a sale since Apple 'sold' it to them. So all the retailer's stock is being added to that number.

So... wait 1 week and all that stock will be sold. Then more stock will replace it. It's a cycle. Stores don't get more iPads until the previous ones get sold.

People are buying the iPad... in record numbers.

Whether it's 2.9 million iPads in people's hands and 100,000 in the back room of the store... so what?

Next month it will be 4 million.


RE: Selling 3 million of a product means...
By afkrotch on 6/23/2010 2:49:17 AM , Rating: 3
3 million. That's impressive. I don't think laptop/netbook sales can top that.

lol!!!


By omnicronx on 6/23/2010 12:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
Its damn impressive when you consider they sell for a minimum of 500 dollars a pop.. and that its really a product to compliment what you already have (i.e a computer) not replace it..

I'm very surprised to say the last.. and to compare it against a low margin product that manufacturers maybe make 5-10 dollars a pop does not really make sense.. Netbook manufacturers HAVE to sell in bulk or they might aswell just give up..


Apple Sells 3 Million iPads
By Micronite on 6/22/2010 5:13:03 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Apple Sells 3 Million iPads


If I had read that a year ago, I would have laughed my butt off.




RE: Apple Sells 3 Million iPads
By carickw on 6/22/2010 5:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
I would have said "what the fuck is an iPad"


RE: Apple Sells 3 Million iPads
By dajeepster on 6/23/2010 12:59:20 AM , Rating: 2
yes Alex.. I'd like to pick "what do you get for something that bleeds for seven days?" for a 1000.


RE: Apple Sells 3 Million iPads
By cyberserf on 6/23/2010 9:59:55 PM , Rating: 2
where is that dude in the iPad released thread where he stated Apple would be lucky to sell a million. LOL


But...
By Rage187 on 6/22/2010 8:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
Even though I will vote down reader1 every chance I get since it is obvious that he is a company troll, I love my iPad. It really has changed my world.




RE: But...
By afkrotch on 6/23/2010 2:53:50 AM , Rating: 2
I bet if you had a netbook prior, not much would have changed.


PT Barnum was wrong.
By eskimospy on 6/22/2010 7:41:56 PM , Rating: 3
If there were a sucker born every minute there would only have been somewhere around 130,000 IPad's sold so far. By my estimates there are about 23.1 suckers born per minute.

Try not to look at it and wince at the fact you paid $500 for it when it is collecting dust a year from now.




Apple products will be good for you!
By Senju on 6/23/2010 12:33:21 AM , Rating: 3
For people who do not like Apple products, then you are setting yourself as an outcast in society. The sooner you start loving Apple, the better your life will be. It just makes sense. Everyone around you will have an iphone but you. People will start not liking you because your outspoken voice on products we all love.

Anyway, it is just for your own good to start loving Apple, Apple products (iphone, ipad, MacBookPros...)




By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2010 6:03:45 PM , Rating: 2
... And I bet the Women thank them every month for it!




P.T Barnum
By Dabruuzer on 6/22/2010 9:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
I guess there really is one born every minute...




Stupidity is infinite
By Romion on 6/23/2010 6:37:49 AM , Rating: 2
Einstein said, in other words, that stupidity is infinite (he doubted about Universe). So 3kk buyers not seem to be so many...
hahahaha. Keep buying pointless expensive iCraps (omg omg, they are shiny)




Android based tablet
By Chaser on 6/23/2010 9:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
Just like their phones I want a device that offers more freedom from Apple's Fischer Price draconian experience.

As it stands now I'm starting to see these showing up on my airline flights so the smugster's can gleefully flaunt their new toy amongst the want to be lemmings with their Steve Jobs like grin and tooth sparkle.




:D
By Zingam on 6/23/2010 5:50:47 PM , Rating: 1
I'll tell you the truth. All software developers are buying iPads now coz they want to catch the trend and sell the first iPad app for $1 in enormous quantities and earn gazillion of dollars. I bet that 99% of these iPads are sold to wannabe iStore millionaires :D
And when they start selling their iShit they'll wonder why nobody buys it! :D And meanwhile Apple will make gazillion dollars on iPads and developer subscriptions... :D




Not bad.
By reader1 on 6/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not bad.
By solarrocker on 6/22/2010 5:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
Can I buy something of what you're smoking?


RE: Not bad.
By rocky12345 on 6/22/2010 6:59:50 PM , Rating: 1
lol ummm ok.

Google is a search engine they do not actually make the links the search engine only finds them. This BPI crap will go away pretty fast since they are barking up the wrong tree by going after google. Like I said Google does not make the links or actually provide the illegal sites that are in question. If this was to go to court it would be a short case as the Judge would most likely smack the BPI up side their heads for acting stupid & tell them to actually go after the ones responible for the illegal sites not a search engine company. Maybe they can get away with things like that in china but in North America not so much.

Keep smoking that pipe dude & drinking the Koolaid.


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