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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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By reader1 on 6/22/2010 7:53:32 PM , Rating: -1
Not really. Apple has a lot of fans because their products are very good:

"iPhone 4 review" - Engadget
We're not going to beat around the bush -- in our approximation, the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now.

Although, that's not really saying much since Android phones are junk.

By Gio6518 on 6/22/2010 8:44:37 PM , Rating: 3

Granted Android doesnt have all the security holes and vulnerabilities that crapple has ....... Androids hardware is far superior and according to most tech websites OS 4.0 crapple will catch up to Android 2.1, just before 2.2 (froyo) so technically they're already they're behind in that area also.....if anything engadget is sucking up so charges might be dropped.........

By omnicronx on 6/23/2010 12:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but you are incorrect.. Upon release, the iPhone 4 is definitely the most powerful smartphone on the market..

They have the highest resolution screen, and the best CPU/GPU combination on the market. Everyone always looks at the Snapdragon 1GHZ and assume that because the CPU runs at 1GHZ it must be better, but thats just not the case.. Even the 3GS puts out more polys than all the phones currently using the 1GHZ Snapdragon..

The A4 is apparently very similar to the new Hummingbird that new phones like the Galaxy S will use.. not until then will Android be on a level playing field again. Hopefully we start to see some more dual core arm variants in the coming months so that Android can pull ahead again ;).. can't wait for some of the phones lurking down the pipeline.

By Bateluer on 6/22/2010 10:22:08 PM , Rating: 1
Enjoying your folders, are we?

By quiksilvr on 6/22/2010 11:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
Joking aside, I will concede that the iPhone's hardware is NEARLY superior to the competition (no microSD slot and no HDMI out is still an issue for me, and it's time to go 16:9 widescreen so we can get rid of the black bars), but because its run under Apple's tyrannical rule and using AT&T's lackluster and overpriced network, I could never see myself getting it.

By spread on 6/23/2010 5:22:06 AM , Rating: 1
Posted by reader1:
Not really. Apple has a lot of fans because their products are very shiny and expensive

I don't know why you guys are rating reader1 down. I agree with him that people buy apple products because they're shiny and expensive looking!

Keep up the good work reader1.

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