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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 Luticus on 7/6/2010 2:05:41 PM , Rating: 3
Why apple sucks:


1 they allegedly spy on users with their GPS service.

2 they dismiss major software/hardware problems as user error and never rectify the situation.

3 their iphone/ipad/itouch has no standard file explorer (ie windows explorer/finder(mac)/konquerer/dolphin(linux))

4 they take other peoples technology and rebrand it as their own claiming it's innovative (there are COUNTLESS examples so i'm not even going to bother)

5 their hardware is usually years behind the competition and yet somehow more expensive at retail market.

6 they artificially prop up their price tag to seem exclusive and premium when in reality they are on par with their competitor AT BEST!

7 it took them how long to figure out that 2 button mice are better than 1 button mice?

8 itunes ('nuff said)

9 proprietary - all their crap is proprietary, if you need to fix something you have no options other than returning to apple to put up with even more of their crap and high prices (have fun)

10 security - contrary to popular opinion macs are in NO way more secure than any of their competitors (quite the opposite really)

11 Lies - they sell their crap by marketing alone, they aren't actually better... they just have everyone convinced they are... how they don't get false advertising charges brought against them is beyond me.

12 control - the amount of control apple has over your life once you buy into their crap is astounding!

13 quality control (i think we all have seen those issues in the news)

14 smug - a common affliction apparently related to the use of an apple product of which the only cure seems to be a 2x4 to the back of the skull. :)

15 the name apple... it's just stupid.

16 they pioneered the all in one computers which were hard to work on and difficult to fix and annoying at best.

17 closed system... can’t stand ‘em!

18 contrary to the apple mantra of idiot proof, it's ok to leave toggling advanced features in place so that you can actually have some measure of control over your own system.

19 customizable interface, of which there is virtually NONE in mac osx

20 and last but not least... there is no functioning address bar in finder!!!!! Yes you can view where you’ve been but you can’t type where you’re going and actually hope to get there as you can in EVERY other os that I can think of! God smite them for this travesty.


these are in no particular order, just wrote them as i thought them. i could go on but any more will make me vomit and i don't wanna clean puke off my keyboard.

By Luticus on 7/6/2010 2:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
21 non replaceable battery in the iphone.

22 $80 something dollar charge and a week or so without your phone to do something i can do with > $50 in about 10 seconds (replace the battery)

23 mac osx is limited to ONLY mac computers (annoying)

24 mac osx's clunky gnome like interface

25 quicktime, itunes, safari trying to bundle itself onto our computers.

26 mac osx built around bsd/unix and yet a lot of what makes bsd/unix great is brutally dumbed down and crippled

27 the only stock calculator app is a widget (as far as i know)

28 widget implementation isn't NEARLY as good as on other systems (windows vista/7 and KDE (linux) are much better in my opinion)

29 no flash on ipad (if you don't like flash great but if it lives or dies should be up to the market and no mr jobs)

30 cleaning the puke off my keyboard after having written 30 reasons why apple sucks (some of them for humor reasons like this line here and others to be taken more seriously such as the line above).

by the way, i don't consider myself young... but at 26 i'm not exactly old either.

good lord, none of your drivel was true... you just dislike high quality products. why are you so jealous of Macs? you seem to have a mental problem.

it not so much that i hate apple, the man asked for reasons apple sucked, i'm giving my opinions on the matter... something wrong with that?

if you want my opinions on why anything else sucks just ask and i'll give you my list there as well, though it might not be a long or funny.

By Luticus on 7/6/2010 2:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
22 $80 something dollar charge and a week or so without your phone to do something i can do with > $50 in about 10 seconds (replace the battery)

my appologies, that should be < than 50 (as in less than)

By zonkie on 7/6/2010 6:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
1. i don't care
2. i don't care
3. i don't care
4. it's not an iphone
5. i don't care
6. i don't care
7. i don't care
8. it has 4 g's
9. i don't care
10. i don't care
11. i don't care
12. it's not an iphone
13. i don't care
14. i don't care
15. i don't care
16. is it an iphone?
17. i don't care
18. i don't care
19. i don't care
20. i don't care

By consumerwhore on 7/6/2010 6:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
Whoa! You wouldn't happen to have brown fur and a disproportionate head, would you?

By Luticus on 7/7/2010 8:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
I love when people do this sort of thing. you essentially contributed nothing... i mean if all you're going to say is "i don't care" they why bother to post in the first place. Obviously you cared enough to post.

I don't care isn't an argument, it's a defense. instead of using copy/paste to reiterate it for all of my lines you could have just simply said "i disagree" and i would have been fine with that. :D

as for your "it's not an iphone" lines the man above said why apple sucks, not why iphone sucks.

on line 16 i was referring to the all in one imacs that used to be popular a while back... i HATE those things.

if you have anything real to contribute for or against my points, please get back to me. i love a good debate.

By Luticus on 7/7/2010 8:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
i'll concede on this point, however i'll add one more bit to make it more valid again.

1. the replacement batter (while neat-o, and something i didn't know about) is 3rd party, not that that's bad or anything. It just wasn't apples intention. meaning they still suck for not having user replaceable batteries. The price on this is however good.

2. iphone batteries get between 2-3 years of life before they start to die off. this is adequate as most people replace their phones at around the 2 year mark anyway... i get that. user replaceable batteries from the factory are my preference, i'm not one for form over function.

the battery thing is one of the lesser issues i have with the iphone though so this, while great, doesn't solve much for me.

By Quadrillity on 7/6/2010 4:01:53 PM , Rating: 1
Great list! There isn't enough time in a day to list everything wrong with Apple though, but this will work just fine.

By Luticus on 7/6/2010 4:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Much obliged!

By Luticus on 7/7/2010 8:40:21 AM , Rating: 2
5. Luticus gave you 30 REAL VALID reasons on Apple and your still trying to make yourself think your right and know anything.

To be fair it was more like ~28 or so, some of them were jokes. :)

Thanks for the support though!

By Luticus on 7/7/2010 9:23:48 AM , Rating: 3
but no other computers are advanced enough to run OSX, so why is that Apple's fault? again, you didn't think before you typed.

what are you talking about, i virtualize osx on my vmware machine all the time (and this is on top of windows vista/7!

there are plenty of hackintoshes out there to prove this point wrong... apple artificially breaks compatibility by not putting in support for a lot of processors, among other things. which i can understand because they themselves don't use those processors and this wouldn't be so bad until you read the EULA which says it can only be installed on a mac. so really the only reason other computers "aren't advanced enough (LOL)" to run mac osx is because of the EULA!

you're just not an advanced user, OSX is the number 1 UI on the planet, we all agree with that

I have experienced and mastered the use of the following os'es:
windows 9x-7 all of them
windows server 2000 - 2008 all of them
windows mobile 5 & 6.x
Linux - Debian, Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Mint, Fadora, Red Hat EL, Knoppix, Suse, Mandrake/Mandriva
Unix - Solaris 10
Mac os9.x, Mac osx.4 and .5

I know the following programming languages
C#, C/C++, Java, VB(a bit)
Scripting: PHP,, JavaScript, batch, html, xml AJAX(technique) SQL

I use the following database servers: MySQL, MSSQL, ODBC

I woke in an IT firm and i build webpages and applications for all sorts of platforms. yea, you're so advanced because you have a mac with a "superior ui"... good for you!
why can't you replace the the battery in the iphone?

I'm willing to admit you have me on the battery thing, i didn't realize 3rd parties released something to fix the issue.
nobody pays any $80 fee. are you insane?

I was referring to the original battery replacement program that came out with the first iphones. if that's not the case anymore then fine, but even if it's in the past its still a contributing factor to why apple sucks. Though i'll scratch it off my list just for you :D

yeah, and that proves your are an idiot, there are 100's of calculator apps for OSX.

I said from the factory. I never called anyone an idiot, why the hostility?

no, widgets remain the best on OSX, so it's clear you are clueless about computing.

This is obviously an opinionated statement as was my list of problems i have with apple. My answer is no, i prefer the widgets system on KDE and windows 7 much more than that of osx.

no, 100% of BSD Unix is right at your finger tips in OSX, so there is zero dumbing down of the OS.


nobody cares about proprietary flash now

Yea, ok steve. I think plenty of people want access to all available formats, me included. It should be up to the consumer to ditch flash, the decision should not be made for them.

you're out of touch with development


so it's clear you have no idea about computing, you're still running windows or linux for christ's sake! nobody that uses windows is considered an advanced user, they are the newbies, linux is for the poor, whereas Apple users control the industry and will continue to for the next 80 years.

Please tell me this entire post is sarcasm... please... because no one could be that much of a smug dolt... it's just not possible!

so shape up or ship out... we have no place for whiners in our industry.

Since when is participating in a valid debate "whining"...

"shape up or ship out".... no.

By drycrust3 on 7/6/2010 2:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
There is only one problem with what you've said: They are selling these computers by the millions.
Whether we like it or not "the buyer is always right".
While I wouldn't go so far as to suggest this is a "new technology" or a "game changer", if the figures mentioned are true, and they probably are, then don't be surprised if the next computer you buy is an iPad lookalike, and don't be surprised if the OS on it is different from your now preferred supplier.

By Luticus on 7/6/2010 2:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
While I wouldn't go so far as to suggest this is a "new technology" or a "game changer", if the figures mentioned are true, and they probably are, then don't be surprised if the next computer you buy is an iPad lookalike, and don't be surprised if the OS on it is different from your now preferred supplier.

1 - i always build my own systems... unless it's a laptop-esque device where i buy the best thing that fits my needs and format it with whatever os i prefer at the time.

2 - the os thing... good luck with that, i always purchase/download my own oses and load my preference regardless of what's on the device. Windows/Linux aren't going anywhere anytime soon and the only market i'm currently worrying about this reality with as of now is the phone market because windows phone 7 scares me and android isn't a viable alternative as far as i'm concerned.

3 - "They are selling these computers by the millions." - never said this wasn't the case. Doesn't make apple a good product but it does say something about their abilities as a company. as i said before i don't "hate" apple i just don't prefer apple because i have huge issues with their products and the way they do business.

By Quadrillity on 7/6/2010 9:40:08 PM , Rating: 2
I am wondering two things ...

you're such a dumb teenage redneck.

I guess people only call you racist when the word nigger comes up; but in my mind you are a racist/bigot.

people that want the best in computing always get them from apple

I ... You ... You know what? I am speechless. If you really are that brainwashed then I can't continue to talk to a zombie.

By torpor on 7/6/2010 11:36:38 PM , Rating: 3
Don't feed the paid troll above.

These days, any company with a serious ad agency on retainer (like TBWA/Chiat/Day, for example) is going to have kids trolling boards to make sure the brand gets the proper spin.

That's why guys like this appear and stick around, despite an overwhelmingly negative response. It's their job.

Apple (or whoever, it's not like it's just them) gets the online representation they want while keeping clean hands, and the ad agency gets paid while keeping the interns busy.

Post the simple facts - like how Apple doesn't know how to vent heat from any product these days - and let the paid troll go.

By beayn on 7/7/2010 2:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
Don't click on any links from "Ted Landry", he's linking to a tracker and then redirecting to the site he typed, misleading you into thinking you're clicking on a certain address when you aren't. He either gets paid by Apple or is just accustomed to misleading people like the company he's preaching.

If people want the best in computing, they go anywhere but Apple. Better hardware and performance for a cheaper price. More compatibility with other hardware and software, just plain more options. If people want to buy toys, they buy Apple. If they want the basic car without power windows, door locks, or the ability to choose which radio station they listen to, they buy Apple.

By croc on 7/7/2010 4:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
Your imagery just brought out in me ( at least) a very evil thought.... apple getting into the car market. I can just imagine it, no user-replaceable parts, overly high service costs, worst motors on the market... But hey it is magical and revolutionary - and it has an apple logo on the hood!

By Wulf145 on 7/6/2010 4:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
11 Lies - they sell their crap by marketing alone, they aren't actually better... they just have everyone convinced they are... how they don't get false advertising charges brought against them is beyond me.

Charges were brought up against Apple in the UK (and AFAIK in Germany) forcing Apple to include the information that the advertisement is speeded up and not a true depiction of the IPhones/Ipads speed in the TV and Cinema Ads.

By Argon88 on 7/6/2010 6:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
@ Luticus,

It's truly amazing how ignorant you are about Apple computers. And this coming from someone who thinks the iPad is silly and useless. Go back to your tinker toy peecee, with your closed, broken, virus-riddled, and proprietary Microsoft OS.

By MrPerez on 7/7/2010 12:05:19 AM , Rating: 2
and proprietary Microsoft OS.

LMFAO!! This iSmug lover here just sounded like Jobs on Adobes "proprietary" software.

Since Apple is not proprietary, it is Open Source, You can build your own MAC from the same Intel chipset motherboards they come with in their MAC brand. Oh yeah what are we thinking here guys!?!?!?!

Apple built a non proprietary system, lets all ditch Windows!, Apples NEVER get MAC Viruses, nope

Bill Gates DAMN YOU!!!

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if (!moron.onsubmit || (theMoron.onsubmit(Argon88) != true)) { /end sarcasm.

By Luticus on 7/7/2010 9:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
iSmug, now in an aerosol can! So you can be smug and pollute the environment! And because it has the apple logo on it you know it's cool, hip, and/or trendy! Get yours today (only $9,000.00)!!!! What a bargain!

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