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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 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!

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