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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 Pendergast on 3/20/2012 5:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, the famous Xerox PARC defense...

Because Apple didn't, you know, get permission to view the technology and use it as inspiration in exchange for stock. And Xerox definitely wasn't planning on shelving the technology. In reality, it amounted to a "sale" of sorts of IP, although it was just the inspiration being sold.

Pretty sure Gates had access to Apple's source code while writing software for it.

RE: Stock buyback
By TakinYourPoints on 3/20/2012 5:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
There's also the fact that Xerox actually shipped a product years before the release of the Mac, and that Apple completely revamped the UI when developing the Mac. My Windows 7 and OS X desktops can still be traced directly back to the 1984 MacOS. The Xerox UI might as well have come from a different planet, it shares so little in common with modern desktops.

RE: Stock buyback
By luseferous on 3/21/2012 2:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
You mean it didn't use windows, icons or a mouse ?

Or that it didn't have the ability to talk to other machines via a local area network ?


I'm sure apple heavily modified/changed/re-wrote/added to the Xerox parc system but to say it is from a different planet shows that again you are way off the mark.

RE: Stock buyback
By luseferous on 3/21/2012 2:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure apple heavily modified/changed/re-wrote/added to the Xerox parc system.

Rather than just clone it.

RE: Stock buyback
By TakinYourPoints on 3/21/2012 7:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
Watch the video I linked, the way the desktop worked from MacOS, Windows, and every other GUI out there was absolutely different.

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