Report: 1 Million iPad 2's Sold During Launch Weekend
March 14, 2011 2:16 PM
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Sells ten times faster than the original iPad
, 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
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."
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
3/14/2011 7:28:56 PM
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.
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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