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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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By mcnabney on 5/3/2010 11:27:37 AM , Rating: 5
I'm not really an Apple fan. I guess I am just too cheap. Anyway, I got an iPad for my father (who is 73) and after two weeks I sold it to a friend. It just wasn't that useful. My dad uses his computer (which I was hoping to replace with the iPad) for web, email, news, music, and pictures. I thought it would be a great tool for him since it is very portable and user friendly. The problem came with the lack of connectivity. We took it on a trip for a wedding/vacation (and not the laptop) and soon realized that we couldn't do anything with the pictures and video we took. They were stuck on the video camera and digital SLR. We could view pictures that I had previously loaded, but really couldn't get them onto the thing and couldn't do anything with stuff already loaded. It also didn't help to have such a tiny storage area and no way to plug in his external drive.

I have concluded that this is a great way to consume media on the go, but it CANNOT be your only computer. It just can't do enough stuff. I was thinking about getting one for myself at first, but now I realize that I am going to be setting the thing down and grabbing my laptop far too often. So don't be fooled, it is a gadget. And at $500+ a pop it is far to expensive. I imagine sales will drop significantly after the iSheep and people reselling them in Europe are done. But hey, if you have $500 you don't need anymore it does seem to do whatever it is supposed to do really well. Or you could just send the cash to me and I will write you thank you note.




RE: Minus one return
By reader1 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: Minus one return
By kmmatney on 5/3/2010 12:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
You can buy an SD card reader (and a USB camera conector) as part of the camera kit - you have to pay, though. Would have been nice to include this with the original product:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC531ZM/A

Maybe when the hype dies down, they'll include accessories like this to give the system more value (along with the keyboard).


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By martinrichards23 on 5/4/2010 4:43:17 AM , Rating: 2
So SD card reader and USB is now an accessory? wtf. Sounds like a massive backward step to me, I would have considered them to be a basic feature!


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By Gungel on 5/3/2010 1:08:22 PM , Rating: 1
You're not the only one. iPad usage tracked on the internet follows a similar path. Poeple that buy the iPad use it for the first weekend and than it starts to collect dust. Web site tracking data usage shows a significant drop of the iPad online access. What's also interesting to see that of the supposedly 1 million iPads sold only half of them are still online. It is probably to early for any reliable predictions. I guess another couple of months before we can tell for sure if its a success or failure.


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By Belard on 5/4/2010 2:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I'll need to keep my eye on this.

My mother refuses to use a computer. But something like the iPad is very idiot-proof and is something she SHOULD be able to handle.

Throw on some web-favorites and ebooks and she should like it, hopefully.

Perhaps I'd be able to get a used one for $100 or so is they end up not being very popular... ?

This is almost like the issues with the original tablet computers - other than specific markets - it has limited used. In one of the companies I work for - someone had gone and bought a few Toshiba tablet-PCs, you know the kind that swing from a notebook into a thick heavy tablet.

After 2+ years, these little 12" screens that are thick, break easily were used maybe 30 minutes as a "tablet". They were replaced with normal ThinkPads. Ah, so much better.


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