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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 3/15/2011 2:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
lol, are you being serious? Just go back through the DT articles about the original iPad and you'll see.

Shifting goal posts? No one mentioned that iPads would, or were ever meant to, replace desktop PCs and laptops, that's the measure that you decided to add for some reason. What I said was that people thought that the iPad would fail and no one would buy them. That's pretty simple measure of failure, isn't it? You decided to change the measure of failure to be something that the iPad was never intended to achieve any way.

As for the Apple cult/devotees in general. It is funny how "the cult of jobs" has grown and grown and grown. The number of his "devotees" has moved well beyond the cult range, and dismissing their success like this is just a little sad. Trying to make out that it's not a successful product really, as it's only bought by Apple cult members is silly.

It's being bought by many people because they like what it is and does, not because they have been brain washed, but keep on telling yourself that, and moving the goal posts and expanding the definition of what it takes to be a cult member to delude yourself into thinking that you are right.

People here need to realise that they can't constantly dismiss high sales by saying that it's only Appleites and cult members when sales reach the level they have. Yet that's what happens here all the time.

By the way, the tone around the web might be one thing, but the tone on DT is quite different. Sorry to have to be the one to break it to you, though your use of phrases like "cul of Jobs" should mean that you are right at home here.

RE: Will never catch on
By The Raven on 3/15/2011 2:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
As for the Apple cult/devotees in general.[...]

I didn't say that. I said that even those who dismiss Apple's success as such would anticipate that the iPad would be a financial success. Again show me someone saying that it wouldn't sell at all.

The first article on DT which mentions the word "iPad"...
I see only people saying that they would buy one.

The next article on DT...
Someone said:
Can anyone explain to me how you could possibly type on this without setting it flat on a table and using the two index finger approach? It isn't set up at an angle, and there is no where for your palms to rest. Sounds like some multi-touch multi-fail.

To which YOU replied:
I was thinking the same thing. There are more images on Anand's Analysis of the iPad by the way. You either have to slouch around the office with your feet up on a ledge that is level with your head, in order to get the required angle, or welcome aching wrists by typing at an angle when it's in a protective case. It seems like one of the bigger problems with it as a genuine productivity (not just a novelty fancy gaming iPod for kids) device, to add to the long list above. Might be good as a portable media player though, once you've converted your video files to the limited container formats supported of course.

And here is one of those (apparent) Apple haters that I mentioned saying:
An overgrown iPhone, lol. I'm sure it will sell tons with those hip commercials Apple makes.

Here's someone saying:
[$499.] This thing is going to sell millions at that price.

To which a hater conceded sales by saying:
your such a tool.... i can put an apple logo on a turd and you'd buy it oh wait im sure your house is full of them already

So again, where did anyone say that they wouldn't sell...other than you? (Yes, I know I'm exaggerating your comment for effect)

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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