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Despite iPhone issues, life is good for Apple, thanks to the best-selling iPad

In response to record demand for the Apple iPad, Apple, Inc. is stepping up its production efforts.  As of last month the Cupertino giant topped 3 million units sold worldwide.

Apple originally set a goal of reaching production of 2.5 million units a month to be reached by December, but it now appears that it may hit that number well ahead of schedule, in response to high demand.

According to Digitimes Research:
Apple is estimated to have outsourced 2.3-2.35 million iPads to Taiwan players in July with 58-60% for the Wi-Fi and 3G hybrid model despite Wi-Fi only models having stronger sales in the first half of 2010, Kuo noted.
That's up greatly from the 1.2 million units that Digitimes Research estimated in June.  And it's way above the 700,000 units that the iPad began shipping per month at launch in April (U.S.).

The move indicates two things -- first that Apple plans on selling a lot more iPads, and second that it's trying to push the public to make those sales of the more lucrative 3G-ready iPad (a move its U.S. carrier AT&T is surely excited about).

The wildest analyst estimates pegged the iPad at selling 8 million units this year.  If Apple can continue to quickly ramp up production, though, it stands to sell as many as 16-18 million units this year.  We'd be conservative, bumping our previous estimate to 15 million units for the year.

This terrific sales success is great news for Apple on a number of levels.  First, it establishes the company as the top player in a promising emerging market.  Second it should lead to a "halo effect" boosting sales of other Apple products.  And finally, it should help Apple to overcome the negative publicity of the numerous issues that the iPhone 4 suffered -- including signal woes, proximity sensor malfunctions, and not fully cured sealants.

Later this month the iPad will come to more countries overseas, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, which should help to continue to stoke the sales flame.


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By damianrobertjones on 7/6/2010 11:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
It's a damn shame that all the other oems didn't take a shot at something like the iPad but then again, I'm sure that it would be ignored if they did for one simple reason, 'their devices wouldn't have an apple logo on the front'.

Sure, we've had UMPCS(Mids when renamed for no reason), convertible laptops and archos devices but again, the damn apple brought it all together.

Even thought it HURTS to say this,m respect to apple. On the other hand, no respect at ALL for the people who have purchased a locked down slice of machinery that has to have iTunes to do many, many things. Very silly. I do hope that the trend moves away from apple before the majority get locked in.

Apple = their way and thats it.




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By Solandri on 7/6/2010 2:24:14 PM , Rating: 1
Several other OEMs did take a shot at it. The reason it hasn't worked until Apple did it is the same reason the iPod now dominates the MP3 player market despite a substandard feature set and exorbitant pricing - the user interface is simple, clean, and effective. Previous attempts at the tablet format were crippled by Microsoft's Windows for Mobiles OS. While Windows may be fine for the desktop (people who've used a Mac may call it "adequate"), as a tablet OS it really, really sucks.

Like you I despise how Apple has locked down just about everything with their products and refuse to buy one because of it. But there's one thing they do, they've always done, right - user interfaces. Clean, simple, and effective - people like that, and it drives their sales. Apple thinks about what the end-user experience will be like, and builds their UI around that. Not the other way around.

The reason Linux hasn't taken off is because the developers (bless their hard work) do it the opposite way. They frequently have a certain vision for how the UI should work and build around that with little consideration for the end user. What results is a confusing, inconsistent, and frequently clumsy conglomeration of different UIs with endless opportunities to confuse r the end user. The CUPS graphical configuration applet a few years back was a perfect example. It required you to pick just about every option available, which was great for the developers. But for end users who didn't know the technical details about printer drivers and configuration, they practically had to learn everything the developers knew in order to navigate the interface. It didn't even have default "common sense" choices - a neophyte end user had to guess which settings would be best for him.


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By kmmatney on 7/6/2010 4:31:48 PM , Rating: 3
You don't need iTunes at all, except to setup a basic account. After that, you do everything on the iPad itself - its much easier that way. If you had to do iTunes for everything it would suck...but you don't, so it doesn't. You only need iTunes to upgrade the firmware, get your music library across (one time), or do a backup. Yes, you do need iTunes, but you don't need to use it very often. For my phone, I only use iTunes every 6 months, just for backup.


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By afkrotch on 7/7/2010 12:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
Unless your music/video collection happens to be larger than the iPad's storage. Then you'll randomly swap things in and out.

Course why bother. The iPhone 4 is better at surfing the web, than the device they created to surf the web with.


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By Ted Landry on 7/6/10, Rating: 0
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By afkrotch on 7/7/2010 12:21:21 AM , Rating: 2
Only company I've seen scrap plans so far was HP. I think they did that due them buying Palm. They probably want to create a tablet using the PalmOS, instead of Win7.

I don't know why. The HP TM2T tablet runs Win7 and it's awesome. I wish it Pro instead of Home Premium, just for the additional language packs, but whatever.


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By afkrotch on 7/7/2010 12:08:28 AM , Rating: 3
Other OEMs did make something like that iPad and before it. They didn't advertise it as heavily, nor did they have a cult following.

Internet tablets? Ask Archos about theirs. Been out for over a year. iRiver has made the same thing, they just didn't release them outside of Korea.

Me, no thanks. I bought myself a nice HP TM2T tablet. Watching all my mkv, ogm, wmv, etc videos on it, surfing the web, listening to ape, ogg, mp3, flac, etc music, and multitasking like a mad man. I'll probably get a 3g usb stick and GPS usb stick for it, when I make my road trips. Been using it for my twice a month trips to Seoul.

iPad? Pffff...no thanks. A toy doesn't work for my mobile needs.


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