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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 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.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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