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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 bupkus on 3/15/2011 12:55:55 PM , Rating: 1
I guess I'm just an old white man who doesn't really need to move out of his comfort zone. I don't like carrying around computers when I can just leave them at home.

I had a smart phone but my Palm Treo Pro with Windows Mobile 6.1 was anything but smart. Apple kicked ass and MS deserved to get kicked to the curb for that POS I bought.

It now sits on a shelf and I'm currently using a Samsung slider phone with no internet/email and what it does is plenty smart enough. It's a phone. It's small, light and the battery lasts.

What is obvious to me is that Steve Jobs is a genius. What he did for Apple is f'n incredible. Apple is leading the way in handhelds and well... just look at what they've released and the incredible popularity of it.
Of course, some would say he's an evil genius but a genius nonetheless.

Do I need an iPhone? Hell no. Would I but an ipod? Nope. Why? See self description in opening sentence. I have a 1GB Sansa Clip which cost me $19 and that's alright by me.

Don't hate me just because I don't care what people spend their hard earned money on. Just don't hit me up for a loan should you forget the rent money when buying Apple products.

RE: Will never catch on
By Hiawa23 on 3/15/2011 2:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
Do I need an iPhone? Hell no. Would I but an ipod? Nope. Why? See self description in opening sentence. I have a 1GB Sansa Clip which cost me $19 and that's alright by me.

I agree. I don't own anything made by Apple, & what some people are paying for the phones plus the monthly fees, & data plans are ridiculous. I bought me Samsung Freeform 2 phone from Metro PCS, $40/month, has all the services I need. I have a computer at home but don't need a portable, or need anything like an Ipad. If you have a need for it great but it seems many just buy new tech devices or charge them to their credit cards just to have a new tech. I am not one to tell anyone what to buy, but I thought there was a recession, or $4 gas prices going on. The IPAD ocost more than my monthly mortgage, noway could I see buying one. Say what you want but Apple has done a great job getting it's buyers to continue to buy it's products, many just bought the IPAD1, & rushed out to buy the IPAD2. Same for the Iphone.

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