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Sells ten times faster than the original iPad

According to Reuters, Apple's iPad 2 sold one million units in its launch weekend, surpassing the milestone almost 10 times as fast as its predecessor. 

The iPad 2 went on sale last Friday at Apple, Verizon, and AT&T stores, as well as Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. Large crowds were reported across the United States, with more than 500 people queued up at Apple's flagship San Francisco store and roughly another 800 at its Manhattan location. The crowds even attracted gawkers.

"Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad 2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted," Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White wrote in a research note. "In fact, all the stores had worked through iPad 2 inventory by Saturday afternoon, and there were no new iPad 2 deliveries on Sunday."

White told Reuters that the iPad 2 could potentially have sold one million units in its first weekend, a feat that took 28 days for the original when it hit the market last year. Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland echoed White's prediction.

With the launch, Apple appears to have secured its number one spot in the tablet market for the time being, cooling the momentum that tablets from other manufacturers such as Motorola and Samsung were beginning to gain.

Apple is expected to retain 61 percent of the lucrative tablet market for 2011, according J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moscowitz. According to Moscowitz, other companies will have trouble attracting customers the way Apple has.

The iPad 2 is set to launch worldwide on March 25.


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RE: Will never catch on
By Aloonatic on 3/14/2011 4:12:40 PM , Rating: 4
I just find the sheer level of denial, and the Apple distortion field (not the one your thinking of, but the one that Apple haters see through) which makes some people not be able to comprehend what is right in front of their eyes. A popular product, selling well, that people clearly want and other companies are trying to copy. Yet because it's tablets are all about Apple, people want to say that it's not happening, or that it's only posers wanting to look kool etc, the same old.

Yeah, there's no real point to my comment. But then, what point is there to any comment or argument on here? Also, it's not a dumb as argument. That implies that there are 2 opinions, and people are arguing them. The point is that even after the sales figures came in for the iPad, people still denied what was in black and white. That's not an argument, that's, well, I'm not sure. Deluded?

How can you argue that something that sells in the millions (~15 million world wide!) is not going to sell and will fail? That's exactly what has been happening here, not only since the iPad was announced (when speculation was fair enough, even though it was guided largely by wanting it to fail because it was made by Apple, rather than a genuine opinion about how well it might do) but long after it started to sell well.

What annoys me too is that the fact that Apple have been the only real player in the table market, has meant that people here have been negative about the whole idea of tablets, not just the iPad, but the form factor as a whole.

For the record, I don't own an Apple product (and wont until they open up who can make hardware for it etc) and am I not a fan, but I recognise when something is popular and wont hate on a product or idea just because of the person or company who dreamt it up and produced it.


RE: Will never catch on
By Pirks on 3/14/2011 4:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A popular product, selling well, that people clearly want and other companies are trying to copy. Yet because it's tablets are all about Apple, people want to say that it's not happening, or that it's only posers wanting to look kool etc, the same old.
Where's that damn Motoman when we need him?


RE: Will never catch on
By Solandri on 3/14/2011 7:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'll vouch for you. I'm no fan of Apple (their policies so disgust me I've been going out of my way to avoid their products). But I've long seen the tablet form factor as a viable market. I ate a lot of downratings here for stating that belief shortly before the iPad was released.

The iPad isn't perfect - far from it. But it comes a lot closer than anything that came before it. And the sales bear it (and my stance) out.


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