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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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Apple Idiot Here
By DavidScubadiver on 5/24/2010 11:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Mac Pro desktop a couple years ago and am foolish enough to have fallen in love with it after decades of windows operating systems. Yes, I can't use all of the thousands of programs I never used before, but I can use the iPhoto/Aperture to handle all of my photos take with my dSLR camera, and it handles them beautifully.

Last week I receied my iPad. And, I enjoy holding the internet in my hand, something I can't do with a laptop. I enjoy the calendar feature, synced to my google calendar so I can see what my wife and I have planned simply by touching the calendar icon whenever I wish.

I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal on the way into the city, while riding the MetroNorth train, using the iPad instead of having to hope the delivery guy makes the delivery before I head off to the train station. The iPad edition is always dry, never in the bushes, and always up to date with any late breaking news.

I like the CNBC real time market app, to show me how my stocks are doing (Apple up $6.29 this morning, yay!).

I enjoy having my pdf documents with me, on my lightweight iPad, all highlighted and annotated through iAnnotate, so that I can tool around my documents at the touch of a finger.

When I am bored, I enjoy a game of Scrabble with my friends and family, word search (highlighting found words with my finger), checkers or even air hockey ont he big screen. It makes the train ride fun, and if you are traveling with someon, it is fun to play these games with them in person as well.

The bible is a great app as well, since its fun to highlight funny passages.

Beat the Traffic App, for the NYC area is also very handy, especially when I am having to decide whether to go over the Tapanzee or the GWB to get to/from NJ.

The GPS HD by Motion X is also just cool to have. Indeed, everything about the iPad is just really neat.

Don't hate the iPad.

http://www.divelove.wordpress.com




RE: Apple Idiot Here
By Phoque on 5/24/2010 12:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the iPad I hate, it's Steve Jobs.


RE: Apple Idiot Here
By DavidScubadiver on 5/24/2010 12:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
I was very angry when a colleague of mine told me that the iPad was not compatible with his Mac because he had an old operating system. He can run the latest iTunes software but the Mac won't accept the iPad. I thought, "What an freaking stupid thing for Apple to do!", forcing people to connect the iPad to a windows machine when there is a perfectly adequate Mac in the house.


RE: Apple Idiot Here
By EasyC on 5/24/2010 12:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
You just used adequate and Mac in the same sentence. LOL!! Good one.


RE: Apple Idiot Here
By EasyC on 5/24/2010 12:11:05 PM , Rating: 3
I enjoy all of these things too, with my smartphone. So not only do I get it all in the palm of ONE hand, but I don't have to dish out an extra 600$ for a bloated novelty item just to line the pockets of the morally pitiful. Oh and did I mention it has an SD Card slot?


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