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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 marvdmartian on 6/23/2010 8:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?

Okay! Thanks for clearing that up, we'll tell them to crank up the suicide, I mean, the factory production line (!!!).....and get a bazillion more of their shiny products made!! ;)

By themaster08 on 6/23/2010 12:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote: So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?

Thanks for confirming one of my points
So you think that those masses use logic and consideration of other devices before making their choice?

Marketing, hype and hearsay play no part in their decisions?

How do these people make their purchasing decisions?

By kmmatney on 6/23/2010 4:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm not exactly a tech moron, but I made my purchasing decision (iPhone 3GS) last summer by spending about an hour at the AT&T store trying out all the phones. It was no contest - the iPhone was the best BY FAR. I'm sure a lot of other people do the same - try the product out and see how easy it is to use, then buy it.

By Alexstarfire on 6/23/2010 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
Considering how tech oriented the world is becoming what you say just makes the future look more bleak for Apple. It also explains why Apple doesn't do so well in the rest of the world apart from the iPod. They actually have logic, memory, and the ability to learn. As a result, they've found other products far more suitable.

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