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Steve Jobs' "magical" device continues to sell well

Many people weren't sure what to make of the Apple iPad when it was introduced by Steve Jobs in January. The iPad was meant to dive into a market that has largely failed to gain traction due to the use of Windows-based tablets and convertible notebooks that were never built from the ground up for touch-based input.

However, Jobs must be grinning all the way to the bank because his "magical" iPad has indeed found an audience and is continuing to burn up the sales charts. Apple sold 300,000 Wi-Fi-only iPads on launch day, 450,000 by the first week, and 500,000 within two weeks of launch.

Now that the iPad 3G is finally shipping, Apple has seen another uptick in sales for its latest iPhone OS device. Apple is now touting that it has sold one million iPads in just 28 days on the market.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple also made it known that over 1.5 million eBooks have been downloaded from iBookStore and over 12 million apps have been downloaded by iPad users from the App Store.

Jobs continued, throwing in a but more praise on his "magical" tablet. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

Apple's iPad starts at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and tops out at $829 for a 64GB model with 3G connectivity.

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RE: 28 Days Later
By reader1 on 5/3/2010 11:01:47 AM , Rating: -1
The concept is lost on me.

That's because you're a moron.

RE: 28 Days Later
By BBeltrami on 5/3/2010 11:07:25 AM , Rating: 3
Another pleasant conversation with a Mac enthusiast.

You sound just like my congressman...

RE: 28 Days Later
By web2dot0 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: 28 Days Later
By mcnabney on 5/3/2010 11:37:03 AM , Rating: 5
Sheeple like you. The same reason that my wife owns about 20 purses with the average purchase price being around $300 each. Apple is like a religion. When they pass the plate around everyone empties their pockets.

While at a wedding I listened to some of my relatives go on and on about how wonderful their iPhones were. They showed me all the neat things that it could do. I whipped out my Droid and downloaded the same apps they showed me. All at lower prices or free. Then I took a picture with the built in flash (it was dark at reception). After that I showed them the 480p video I took of the wedding. The response I received was that they didn't know that anything else existed that could work as a smartphone. They thought everything else was like a Blackberry Pearl or an old Palm Treo. They had just been fed everything they needed to know from Apple and ponied up for the new products. This is the problem with Apple consumers. They don't think outside of the box. They don't compare and they don't consider their own needs. They just get excited about whatever new device/feature is being added every year.

RE: 28 Days Later
By MrBlastman on 5/3/2010 11:48:29 AM , Rating: 4
The same reason that my wife owns about 20 purses with the average purchase price being around $300 each.

You need to get that under control pronto. :) I'd have my wife kicked off the payroll if she spent that much.

Otherwise, great post. :) Well said.

RE: 28 Days Later
By JS on 5/3/2010 2:46:45 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe she earns her own money and spends it the way she sees fit?

RE: 28 Days Later
By mcnabney on 5/4/2010 1:21:35 AM , Rating: 1
Exactly. She is an attorney and buys the toys she likes and I buy the toys that I like. She spends a fair bit more, but I have never forgotten that women have have the money and all of ergh.....something else.

RE: 28 Days Later
By The Raven on 5/3/2010 12:06:40 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. I have a new friend with a iPod Touch (which is a mini iPad, right?) and he was reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" on it and was raving that he just bought 200 classics like that for 5 bucks. After he explained that they were just text files, I told him that he could get them all for free from Project Gutenburg.

Apple is so hot right now it could take a crap, wrap it in tinfoil, put a couple fish hooks on it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth as earrings.

The reason that Apple can sell like this might have to do with better quality to a point, but you can't ignore the fact that it is like the Beatles releasing a bluegrass album. It would be the best-selling bluegrass album of all time even if it wasn't that great.

RE: 28 Days Later
By TSS on 5/3/2010 3:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
Marketing. Apple is, without a doubt, the king of marketing.

Hell they could stop making products alltogether, just sell their expertise in marketing and still make just as much money as they do now.

RE: 28 Days Later
By robinthakur on 5/6/2010 11:20:36 AM , Rating: 2
And? There's absolutely nothing stopping any other manufacturer using marketing to their advantage either. There are no patents to infringe. I think its a little patronising to say that Apple's successs is solely down to the marketing that they carry out. The best PR, as most people know, is based on recommendation and in that sense its not just the effect of Apple's direct marketing but (sadly?) the fact that people that paid for the product are happy with it. A bad product marketed well will fail just as surely as a good product which is marketed poorly. Apple's competitors need to concentrate on the whole package.

The only non-Apple products I can think of which have achieved even a hint of this particular win are things like the Asus EeePC which is fundamentally a great product which did what people wanted it to do and shocked the entire industry with its unexpected success.

Clearly this success was either a fluke or Asus was the only one doing market research and acting on it. Although, Asus have released some right stinkers like their iPad 'competitor', which most consumers with eyes and a sense of taste would run a mile from. Catering to buyers purely based on specifications is an outdated business model as people expect devices post Apple to be easily usable and well designed. Those impressed by such things alone, do not form the main pool of potential buyers, truth be told. Just because you think something is a great product as an IT-literate user does not mean your opinion is necessarily repesentative of the general populace. I realised this when I gave my WiMo phone to somebody for them to make a call on a few years ago and was met with baffled looks and "erm how do you work this??" I could work it fine intuitively but to most people its Greek!

RE: 28 Days Later
By web2dot0 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: 28 Days Later
By batjohn on 5/3/2010 1:05:35 PM , Rating: 2
Just like when AMD made better chips than INTEL few years ago. It was well documented how the market shifted during that time.

Actually it was the other way around. It was well documented how intel abused their marketshare to make sure AMD didn't get the increase in marketshare they would have otherwise.

Sounds like you're being the "hater" of anyone else with a negative opinion about Apple. Another word for that might be fanboy.

RE: 28 Days Later
By BBeltrami on 5/3/2010 1:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
You're doing a poor job convincing us. Probably for two reasons:

1. You've said nothing compelling.
2. You don't seem to understand that many of us simply aren't part of the target audience for the iPad.

My question to you is, why can't you just shut up and enjoy your Apple douchebaggery in elitist silence? If you're iPad is so awesome, why do you care so deeply what we bourgeois retards think? Why must we either laud your choice of device or be assaulted by bat shit crazy Apple enthusiasts?

It's a freakin' iPad. Get over yourself.

RE: 28 Days Later
By web2dot0 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: 28 Days Later
By BBeltrami on 5/3/2010 8:04:07 PM , Rating: 3
So "pirks2dot0" was already taken?

RE: 28 Days Later
By Flassari on 5/4/2010 1:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
Oh snap!

RE: 28 Days Later
By hiscross on 5/3/2010 12:25:20 PM , Rating: 1
"Apple is like a religion. When they pass the plate around everyone empties their pockets."

You should open a churchor a religious something and see how pockets your offering plate fills. Fact is less than 1% of church goers tithe. The one that give free and openly usually are the people who non-givers resent. Yes, I give to my church and have no issues doing so.

RE: 28 Days Later
By aegisofrime on 5/3/2010 12:39:46 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. And just like a religion their followers get all worked up and threaten to kill you when you criticize it.

I'm current an iPhone user, and I'm not ashamed about it. It's a good phone in its own right, at least compared to my previous Windows Mobile phone. But when I told my friend (who's a bit of an Apple fanatic) that I might be getting an Android phone soon, she asked "Why are you moving away from Apple?" I replied, "Because I want to". She got really angry and we almost had a fight.

Apple is really scary. They have this strange polarizing effect on people. Either you hate it or you don't. People like me who stand in the middle are rare, at least to me.

RE: 28 Days Later
By Phoque on 5/3/2010 8:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's not entirely all about sheeping. I personally believe Apple is one of the best, if not the best, at designing products with slick interfaces ( out of ordinary hardware ). I think it does account for a great part of their success.

I had bought that iriver (IFP-799) mp3 player a few years ago and I used it only for a few weeks, even though it was superior technically to the ipod nano, except for screen size. Eventually though, I did bought an iPod nano and still use it to this day.

It's a lot about the interface.

RE: 28 Days Later
By CU on 5/3/2010 11:49:05 AM , Rating: 1
It has already been improved upon, before it was released. Fact a tablet PC can do more than the iPad can do. Except for battery life. That is were apple wins. But some netbooks/tablets do come close.

Also I find it hard to believe that tablet PC's, which have been around for years have not sold more than a million units. Do you have any links to best selling tablet ever statement with numbers involved. Unless you mean fastest selling instead of best selling because that is not the same.

RE: 28 Days Later
By kmmatney on 5/3/2010 12:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you can compare the iPad with previous tablet PCs. The iPad uses an OS designed from the ground-up to support a touch interface. Tablet PCs running Windows aren't the same - they are just replacing a mouse with a stylus (at least the ones I have seen).

RE: 28 Days Later
By CU on 5/3/2010 1:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
True their OS was designed from the ground up to be a touch interface. However if you restrict the comparison because of that, you don't leave much to compare it to. MS does need to release a touch GUI for windows 7 assuming they haven't already. Heck, if they just increased the size of all the gui widgets it would help out a great deal. Plus the stylus is not all bad, sometimes you want to write a quick note. I don't believe your finger or the iPad touch screen work well for that.

RE: 28 Days Later
By damianrobertjones on 5/3/2010 2:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
Start, COntrol Panel, (View by large icons), Display, Change to Medium 125% DPI

Done. Much better for touch.

Windows 7 IS very touch friendly but for some reason, no-one seems to be stating this fact?? I've really like the tablet form factor and have owned many, many devices. (Currently Asus R2h and Dell XT2)

RE: 28 Days Later
By damianrobertjones on 5/3/2010 2:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Start, COntrol Panel, (View by large icons), Display, Change to Medium 125% DPI

Done. Much better for touch.

Windows 7 IS very touch friendly but for some reason, no-one seems to be stating this fact?? I've really like the tablet form factor and have owned many, many devices. (Currently Asus R2h and Dell XT2)

RE: 28 Days Later
By web2dot0 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: 28 Days Later
By CU on 5/3/2010 12:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
Same battery life, and same use case. OK. So I have to find another device that does exactly what the iPad does and last the same amount of time on battery power. With those restriction you cannot even compare the iPad 3G with the normal iPad because the battery life different.
So what devices can I compare it to?

The iPad may outsell any one tablet, but will it out sell them all. If you want the iphone OS then you have to get the iPad, but if you want a windows based tablet there are many choices that have to compete against each other, with hardware being about the only difference. Even then by your own statement they should not be compared together.

RE: 28 Days Later
By web2dot0 on 5/4/2010 1:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the same battery life or the same user case.

They are not in the same market. That's why no one out there can find a competing product with Apple. They leading in that market right now, and it's up to the competitors to deliver something that attack the same market.

Get it?

Yes, that's right ... comparing iPad by combining all tablet same in the entire world. Right ..... are you running out of counters?

Your little mind have mistaken tablet category with iPad's market. In essense, iPad is a tablet with eReader/PDA capabilities. No other device out there (there may be some coming out soon) does that. But in general terms, it's a tablet. But it doesn't mean you can compare a clunky laptop/tablet with iPad .... it's not the same market.

All I'm saying is you guys keep bashing Apple, but all in the meanwhile, its competitors are way behind. Yes, iPad has it's flaws, but why isn't anyone listing the flaws of other products?

It's the same talk about iPod and iPhone. No one acknowledged that it's AppStore concept is AMAZING. So what are the competitors doing? Building AppStores! But with little success. If you are going to throw punches, you also have to taken punches.

Like any other products out there as successful as Apple's doing, of course it's surrounding by hype. It's competitors are welcome to hype up their own products too. Free market baby. Don't make excuses for its competitors.

It's kinda like movie stars. The product has to look good (so you can hype it), but also deliver good performances to be highly regarded. You don't need to be the best actor/actress out there. It's the overall package. That's just reality whether you like it or not ......... unless you'll rather watch a old lady who acts GREAT over an actress who's extremely hot but acts GOOD. Even you cannot deny that ....

Why is everyone basing Apple anyways? They are not building bad products, and always building products with a twist that others do not do. I don't see Microsoft to that ....

RE: 28 Days Later
By damianrobertjones on 5/3/2010 2:51:49 PM , Rating: 3
Currently, the only tablet that can be mentioned is the Archos 9, which is crippled by its slow hard drive. Of course, people do have the option of changing said drive.

The iPad has sold purely via word of mouth and the buzz created by the media. Be it a good product of not, its been pushed like nothing before it.

The iPad is a good product that people never knew they needed.

P.s. Windows 7 is perfectly fine as a Touch platform. Click Start, Control Panel, (View by large icons), Display, Change to Medium 125% DPI

Done. Much better for touch. No reviewers seem to mention this?

RE: 28 Days Later
By Phoque on 5/3/2010 8:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
"The iPad is a good product that people never knew they needed."

Can't blame Apple for that. Did you ever noticed we lived in a world of consumerism.

I'm sure there are tons of useless things in each and every one of your household ( including mine ).

RE: 28 Days Later
By jonmcc33 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: 28 Days Later
By hiscross on 5/3/2010 1:44:23 PM , Rating: 1
1st Rule of Business Make a Profit. Makered up 100%. Good luck finding any numbers to suppport your statement. I'd say around 35 - 40%. Do you buy clothes at say GAP? They usually mark up clothes 50-60%. Now you can save your self some money by going naked or find old newspapers and wrap your self in them. You also get some free reading to boot.

RE: 28 Days Later
By paudoauldstock on 5/3/2010 5:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
This made me laugh! Kudos to you, my good man!

RE: 28 Days Later
By Hiawa23 on 5/3/2010 12:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
not really surprised as Apple has a rabid following. I don't own anything Apple, don't need to, or plan to in the future. Pretty impressive what they have accomplished over the years, & you got to love the fans.

RE: 28 Days Later
By Kurz on 5/3/2010 12:57:09 PM , Rating: 2
Sad part about it... if reader1 were to run for a office I bet they would vote him in office.

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