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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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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...

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