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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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The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Tony Swash on 5/24/2010 12:51:38 PM , Rating: 0
Same old pattern. Apple releases a new product planned and designed with care over a long period of time. The techtards say - "it's bound to fail, it lacks...." [fill in the blank with any number of things dear to techie's hearts]. The new Apple product is a gigantic success. The Techtards proclaim "it's a short lived fad". The Techtards say Apple customers (all 100 million of them) must be stupid or fooled by clever advertising. Apple and Apple's customers ignore them and Apple's makes another few billions in profits. Apple's competitors start to make similar products but none dents Apple's sales. Techies say Apple's success will be short lived.

How many times must we go through this tedious shit.

Here is a clue to the iPads success. Its not a computer. But it does almost all the stuff that ordinary people want to do on a computer except its easier to use, has no learning curve, looks fantastic and you can carry it every where.

Most people don't actually like using computers, they find them difficult to use, sometimes scary and often ugly. Techies like all that sort of stuff. That's why techies always fail to appreciate what Apple is doing or why Apple is a success. Its why they blame some sort of voodoo marketing - because in their world it literally does not compute. It reminds me of Data in Star Trek trying to understand humour.




RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Pirks on 5/24/2010 2:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you're trying to explain color theory to the blind. You'll only get -1 rating for all your efforts. Trust me on that, I'm with DT since its birth, it's techtards playing ground, anything positive about Apple gets -1 rating immediately, just like this post of mine. Don't waste your time and rating here.


RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Tony Swash on 5/24/2010 2:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tony, you're trying to explain color theory to the blind. You'll only get -1 rating for all your efforts. Trust me on that, I'm with DT since its birth, it's techtards playing ground, anything positive about Apple gets -1 rating immediately, just like this post of mine. Don't waste your time and rating here.


Thanks for the supportive advice. I know its all a bit of waste of time but I am retired now so I have a lot of time and for the moment teasing the techtards is fun - they are so out of touch with reality its like gently teasing a child - as long as nobody bursts into tears its OK.


RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By Pirks on 5/24/2010 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 1
Proper techtard teasing must be done with six phantom accounts. Here's how it's done properly: 1) you tease them 2) your post rating goes to -1 3) you wait a few days until they stop trolling around 4) you use your phantom accounts to bring your rating back to 5.

By doing this you'll keep your rating high so every time some techtard clicks on your nick to enjoy your obviously very low rating... he discovers that it's unexpectedly high which causes short circuit in his little brain. One less techtroll. Simple and effective forum cleansing technology, I'd use it myself if I were retired.


RE: The techtards retreat from reality again...
By sapiens74 on 5/25/2010 3:30:55 AM , Rating: 2
You gotta wear your -1 rating as a badge of honor around here.

DT readers have a hard time comprehending that most users 99.9 percent want to enjoy using technology. Techtards idea of enjoyment is having to use a command switch to turn on Flash with a hacked phone OS. Who doesn't enjoy turning on debugging mode to run a beta product, right?

In the mean time we will continue to be called sheep, even though the term sheep means the majority of ill informed users. Doesn't 95 percent of computer users running Windows constitute masses? Wouldn't that make us the wolves? :)


By Pirks on 5/25/2010 8:12:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You gotta wear your -1 rating as a badge of honor around here
This is exactly what I'm doing man, exactly what I'm doin', just to piss a few more techtards off. Score a kill whenever you can!


By themaster08 on 5/25/2010 3:57:29 AM , Rating: 1
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How many times must we go through this tedious shit.

In all honesty, if you don't like it, what the hell are you doing here?

There's fanboyism on both sides of the spectrum. When there's an article about a product from one of Apple's competitors, we get the likes of reader1 commenting "it's shit" without any knowledge or use of the actual product, simply because it's not made by Apple.

There are many other people that are just the same as reader1. Inevitably, there will be more of those on the techie spectrum here due to the nature of the site.

Being "retired" I would have imagined you'd know this and just do the mature thing and simply ignore those that rate you down. Not "tease them" as you put it, because you'll get an automatic -1 and no one will care less about your post.

You just have to accept that when coming to a tech oriented site like this, you will get some backlash for supporting Apple. Just like if any of us "techtards" were to go to an Apple oriented site and start preaching our judgements. The only difference being, I don't think most of us are stupid enough to do such a thing.


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