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Sales of Apples iOS devices continue to soar the roof

Although some called Apple’s third generation iPad a relatively “modest” update to its popular predecessor, sales for its opening weekend were through the roof. Apple announced this afternoon that 3 million iPads since have been sold since it was officially launched on Friday morning.
 
It took the original iPad nearly three months to reach the 3 million mark, while Apple sold around 1 million iPad 2s during its first few days of availability.
 
“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold?the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”

To put those numbers into perspective, Samsung -- third place in tablet sales behind Apple and Amazon -- shipped a mere 1.5 million Android-based tablets during all of Q4 2011 according to IDC.


Sources: Apple, IDC



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RE: Stock buyback
By Tony Swash on 3/20/2012 5:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
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Before 2007 Apple was a failed proprietary PC company who never amounted to anything more than a fad.


Depends on how you look at it. Another way is to see Apple as the great survivor and the only alternative OS maker besides Microsoft that survived for four decades and made profits for almost all those four decades.

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Ah and the whole "copied" argument is something only Apple trolls have been using for 30 years


What Micosoft did was worse. They bought QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) for $50,000 and then licensed it to IBM as MSDOS and it was MSDOS which took over the world and it was MSDOS upon which Microsoft built Windows. The myth is that Windows beat Mac but the reality is worse, it was MSDOS (which was just Quick and Dirty Operating System with a different name) that beat the Mac. What allowed the mac to be beaten was the fact that Apple was being run by bozos after Jobs was ejected from the company.


RE: Stock buyback
By TakinYourPoints on 3/20/2012 6:01:04 AM , Rating: 2
It is crazy how different the world might have been if IBM went with CP/M as they were initially going to, except for failed negotiations over licensing. It is the reason why they went to Microsoft, incredible how pivotal that was.

Microsoft would have still been making software for Apple hardware, what I wonder is if they would have had a foot in the door for operating systems without MS-DOS on IBM hardware. Windows wasn't a real OS until 1990. MS-DOS sustained them in the mean time, and it kept the door open for when MS-DOS was eventually replaced by Windows.


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