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The iPad has sold over 3 million units. If it can sustain this sales pace up until the back-to-school and holiday seasons, it could sell between 9 million and 11 million units this year.  (Source: Apple)
It's over 3 MILLION!!!

Love Apple or hate it, it's impossible to deny that Apple knows how to make a hit product.  The company currently has the largest market cap of any tech company in the world.  After returning from medical leave Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned swinging for the fences, announcing the iPad tablet computer in January.  The iPad launched in Wi-Fi form on April 3 (U.S.), in 3G form on April 30 (U.S.), and finally in nine more countries on May 28.

Apple quickly blazed through sales of 1 million and 2 million units, leading some analysts to predict it could sell as many as 8 million units this year.

It certainly looks like that's a strong possibility, considering that Apple just sold its 3 millionth iPad on Monday, only 80 days after the device's launch.  Steve Jobs cheered the news, stating, "People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives.  We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

With the iPad, the tablet has become a hot new field of computing, which many say could rival netbooks or even traditional PCs.  After Apple's success many companies have scrambled to release tablets, but none of them have made it to market in the U.S. yet.

What makes the sales of the iPad particularly impressive is that they were generated during the traditionally weak summer months.  Between back-to-school shopping and the holiday season, Apple can anticipate sales to possibly rise in the near term.

Given this, we would raise the previous analyst estimates and actually estimate that Apple will sell between 9 million and 11 million iPads this year.

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RE: So..
By invidious on 6/22/2010 5:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
When the iPad 2.0 comes out in 6 months with a true 720p HD screen, camera, microphone then I might hop on board.

Or if a droid/windows tablet comes out with all those things plus usb port and a card reader then all the better. I would prefer to not have to reformat all my video media to the horrendous Apple format.

RE: So..
By FaceMaster on 6/22/2010 6:56:01 PM , Rating: 5
OMG you'd buy an APPLE product, you are SOOOO gay

RE: So..
By afkrotch on 6/23/2010 2:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, he got you good! FACE!!!!!!!!

RE: So..
By CrazyBernie on 6/23/2010 3:47:27 AM , Rating: 2
HA! More Like:

iPad 2.0: Camera - iSheep rush to buy.

iPad 3.0: HD Screen - iSheep rush to buy.

iPad 4.0: Microphone - iSheep rush to buy.

Apple likes to farm their existing customer base. They could care less about organic growth... otherwise they'd relase 2.0 with ALL of the features that 1.0 should come with.

RE: So..
By mellomonk on 6/23/2010 5:11:44 AM , Rating: 2
I would prefer to not have to reformat all my video media to the horrendous Apple format.

You mean the near industry standard Mpeg4/H264 format? The same format that Microsoft is moving to in it's portable hardware and as the now recommended default for IE9? The odds on format for most html5 sites are going to use?

If your going to use adjectives such as 'horrendous' back up your opinion or stfu. I guess ignorance goes beyond the iSheep community.

RE: So..
By omnicronx on 6/23/2010 12:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
You mean that we are already in the future where all of our videos are h264?.. wait..

I have an iPad, and I am not very pleased that most of my videos do not work natively.. While I surely do have h264 videos, I still also have a lot of older videos that are not h264..

I don't see why I should have to convert from one lossy codec to another just to play a well known video codec.. The fact that h264 is superior is irrelevant, my source is already a lossy codec, it will most likely look worse after converting.

Would have loved xvid/divx support.. Guess I'll just have to transcode for now..

RE: So..
By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 5:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
You can buy Air video for $2.99:

works fine with DivX and other formats.

RE: So..
By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 5:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
There is a free version to try it out...

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