iPads Off to a Stellar Start, Over 2 Million Sold in Less Than 2 Months

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MleB

Huh. If Apple keeps it up like that, they might match the sales of netbooks...

 

iPads came to Canada last weekend. Its size / weight ratio makes it awkward to hold for any length of time (so, oh look, its a desktop / laptop computer), its basic model has the memory of a now-defunct iPod Touch model, runs on a stale OS and still relies on - for any meaningful, useful work on it - on syncing with a 'real' computer (like my netbook) to sync via iTunes.

If you really must get one, follow Apple's usual model process - wait six months for the inevitable 'issues' to be found, debated by fanbois and, with luck, fixed, by Apple and for them to release v2, dropping v1's price $100 or so in the process.   

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burpnrun

So magazines blithely take Apple's PR release of "two million units sold", and requote it endlessly.  Just a kazillion things wrong with this spinning and over-hyping:

1.  What independent source is there to verify Apple's 2mm claim?  None that MaxPC have quoted.  Not to worry, all other media reports of the same "2 million units sold" are just as suspect.

2.  Is  this 2mm produced and shipped to stores, or actually sold to end-user?  In the absence of a definitive statement, I'd bet my life that it's the number of units "ordered" by its various sales channels, such orders to be subject to adjustments (downward) according to retail takeup.

3.  Is this figure net of returns?  I highly doubt it.  Given that there seems to be an abnormally high rate of returns for the iPad, including by the fanbois and "only Apple products in my life" journalists/gurus. I think it's important.  Especially since early adopters found out about AT&T's new rate structures and early cancellation regimes only after they pre-orderd/bought.

 Unofficial sources put the net/net end-user sales figure at less than 600,00 sold, possibly less, and sales have crawled to a snail's pace as non-fanbois (sane people) have declined to take up this product.  Looking at this objectively, this product is a failure, and could be shaping up to be Jobs' Waterloo.  "Never have so many Apple fanbois (a.k.a. "sheep") been deluded for so short a time by such a useless and expensive product".

 Mags like MaxPC are not unique in being Apple-PR conduits in the industry, but they are very aware that they are performing and being used in such a manner.  Shame, since non-PR content at this site is very good.

Wanna bet the next Apple product doesn't have a 30 day money back guarantee?

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Mark17

Apple sucks. That is all.

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Keith E. Whisman

Well I'm extremely interested in the Windows and Android 2.2 Tablets as both will have flash. When it comes to storage I've done some soul searching and I believe that a good tablet should come with a minimum of 250gig SSD. It should be an SSD as a HDD as it's spinning spindle will suffer bearing failure if it's moved around alot while spinning like a gyro. I recently had a brush with this effect and it was disastrous to my hard drive. I didn't realize how much damage could be done by turning a HDD on it's side while it's spinning. Very bad and I don't see how it could be any different with a tiny laptop hard drive.

So a big fast SSD and a large capacitive LED LCD or even an OLED display and a thin and light form factor. Sounds awesome.

The Ipad is just suck. It's first generation. I would like to have one though. It does seem to be fairly useful. Because of the nature of it's limitation to an Apple market that only has small size programs pretty much means you can survive with a small hard drive. I do hate it's limited connectivity.

Also Paul Lilly why do you so love to bring us Apple News? Who cares? We PC people have hijacked your article and have pretty much only talked about tablets that are not apple made.

Paul I love you and you seem to be very talented and so I believe you should get a job at mac life. I'm not saying that you should leave here. I'm just saying that you should also supply articles to Mac Life as well as here. PC centric here and Mac and PC centric at Mac Life just to piss them off. 

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shamelessheathen

I overheard a Best Buy "geek" mention this rarely heard selling point to a gaggle of people that were looking at iPads: all those apps you bought for your ipod touch/iphone won't work on your ipad. Sorry, not compatible, you have to buy separate ipad apps, and they can cost up to ten times as much!!! I, for one, think it's basically worthless, and I can see these things getting dropped more often than Jennifer Aniston.

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aviaggio

The only reason they're not compatible is because Apple has chosen to not let them be. Remember that the iPhone, iPod, and iPad are basically gateway products. The exist solely to provide access to their app store and iTunes. So why would they ever let you re-use apps you've already bought for another device?

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shamelessheathen

I agree with you, it's all very intentional to keep selling you the same apps or whatever over and over again. I'm a recovering Apple fan: my "breakthrough" came when they completely dropped support and software upgradability for my Powerbook G4, making it obsolete and worthless in an instant. And all those songs I bought on iTunes that I thought I owned??? Well, it's more like a lease.
Sorry Steve, I'm tired of buying your cool-looking devices that are chock full of last-generation tech at twice the cost, just so you can tell me what a smart decision I made right before a new improved version comes out making the one I just bought obsolete. No more, I'm done.

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aviaggio

Congrats! Not many people ever escape from the Cult of Jobs.

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Fecal Face

 2 Million sheep have thrown away their money to get an iPod Touch with a large screen.

 An overpriced, flash-less, iPod Touch.

 Oh, but the screen is bigger! IT'S SHINY TOO! HOLY SHIT, IT HAS THE APPLE LOGO?! SOLD.

 Not to mention the highest capacity iPad is a pathetic 64GB, and costs $700

 Nevermind a Netbook, I could get a decent Laptop for $700, and it would be able to do three times as much as the iPad.

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aviaggio

I still don't believe they've "sold" 2 million of them. Maybe they've produced 2 million. Or shipped 2 million to retailers. But actually SOLD 2 million to actual real-life users? I doubt it.

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gendoikari1

Hopefully "blended" 2 million. 

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bskoreyko

So I think the iPad is a cool device and it does have its use... however it is way, way over priced. If you are technology person and follow new tech toys you will know that the iPad is powered by an ARM chi... so you know right away that Apple is over charging. Not to say that ARM chips are cheap but they are inexpensive good quality CPU's.

Apple you do have cool products but they are NOT worth the price you charge, at least not in my opinion.

OH YEAH I ALMOST FORGOT... it doesn't play FLASH and Steve Jobs don't use "security issues" as an excuse not to run FLASH on your mobile devices... If I recall some MAC product was more insecure than a certain MS product (and many others).

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aviaggio

Um.. it's an Apple product. It's supposed to do 1/3rd less and cost twice as much.

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fourfinger

i like the idea of a tablet , but desktops will not go away- till they can fit a gaming card inside "ipad"- atm some gaming cards will not fit in a standard case let alone any tablet/netbook.

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MdX MaxX

I don't get it.  IT'S A BIG IPOD TOUCH WITH 3G.  I watched a phonedog review of it and that's all I saw.  Am I missing something?  If you're gonna sell your soul to Apple, wouldn't you rather use a device you can carry in your pocket and make calls with?

What's strange is that despite its success, I haven't seen one of these in person yet.  And I've seen countless iPhones and iPod Touches.

I mean, I appreciate Apple's support for the tablet platform, but I think they need to change their definition of a tablet computer

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GJEMaximumPC

I've seen people at the local Barnes & Noble cafe with iPads.  I've also been in Best Buy several times looking at the iPad and I've heard many varying comments on it for good and bad.  However, there is a market for this, and tablets are the future whether hardcore PC / desktop people want to admit to it or not.  Once the Android tablets get out in mass, and of course around the 300 dollar price tag, it will be on and things like netbooks, stand-alone ebook readers, and some laptops will die off.  Also, expect average buyers of computers (that is most people) to start wanting small, efficient little computers to hook-up to their large 40 inch plus TV instead of them wanting to buy a desktop from the likes of Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, etc.  The reign of the desktop is done.  Small, efficient, mobile and nice-looks are the future of computer tech.  

 

 

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aviaggio

You're delusional if you think the desktop is done. Tablets are never going to be more than a niche market, something you buy to supplement your desktop and laptop, not replace them.

Ask anyone with a netbook and they'll tell you -- they ain't desktop replacements. And the maxiPad does a whole lot LESS than a netbook. 

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Ian_Gompers

The whole idea of this big Ipod, I mean "iPad" is a waste of time.

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GJEMaximumPC

@ ian_gompers

 sorry, but i have to disagree.  tablets are the future.   the iPad is quite impressive in terms of doing essential needs that most people who buy computers want such as surfing the web, doing email, watching a movie, listening to an MP3 song or podcast, reading an ebook, or just taking in and perusing media.  It's not meant to be an equal to a desktop or nice laptop because 80 percent of the people who buy such things don't need those things to begin with.  Desktops and laptops, whether from Dell, Apple, Sony, etc are overkill and too much machine for the average user.  The average user wants the basics, the ability to add a few special application programs (i.e. apps) and simplicity.  The average user is what drives the market.  The average user is who the big companies want to please and who they want to be their customer.  

 The days of the desktop are waning.   There is a paradigm shift happening and people such as yourself are caught up in the past way of thinking.   I suggest you re-evaluate before in 2 years you see the majority of people out there sporting either a Google Android tablet or Apple iPad tablet and your left looking like a nostalgic desktop user. 

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squarebab

No matter how small manufacturers shrink down the technology, they will always scale up the application to maximize it's utility. In other words, the fastest and the most powerful will never fit in a laptop. Desktops' formfactor provide the most utility for home-office use, and as long as people crave a faster way to do things there will always be desktops. (Who the hell wants a laptop with a 24 inch screen, anyway?)

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TechJunkie

What are you smoking? It seems like it's some killer crap and if so, I want some!

I agree that tablets will have it's place in the market and that companies (like apple) target the average user. But in no way will they ever take over desktop computing in the near future. There are way to many "average users" that do photo editing, video editing, game playing, webpage management, etc., that make tablets (ipad) downright useless to the masses. So no, desktops are not overkill to the average user. Most "average users" will buy a tablet to supplement...s.u.p.p.l.e.m.e.n.t...thier desktop machines for portability and ease of use.

So go ahead there and fire up your overpriced piece of plastic with 3G and start manipulating and editing the videos you took with your HD video doohickey of your child's tee-ball game. I hope you have time cause it will be like watching paint dry.

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Shadai

Okay now I'm going to slap you down.  I get your a mac fanboy, somehow mistakenly wandering on the big boy PC site cause your Mac now can play steam.  Somehow you seem to think that gives you the right. 

People are dumb.  The general public will buy whatever piece of crap hardware that Steve Jobs tells them to buy because its "magical".  Tech people (ie, those of us that actually KNOW how to build computers) know that Jobs continually pulls the wool over the public's eyes, sells overpriced hardware, and screws over developers.  We (the tech public) don't know what "magical" is or how it makes it better from anything else.  The only people who buy that BS is, well, Apple fanboys and sheep.  Its been Apple's MO since... hell 84.  And the general public thinks hmm I like my iPod, maybe this iPad thingie is good too and happily coughs up the stupid amout of cash Apple demands from the sheep.

You think tablets are the future only because Steve tells you it is so.  Try editing a long document on one.  Hell try TYPING a long document on one.  Or email.  Or browse the FULL web.  For Free.  Like us "stone age computer users" do with our desktops, notebooks and netbooks.  Or hell, try playing an ACTUAL game.  You know, one that isn't made for simple people with simple budgets and 15  minutes to waste.  When that overpriced tool for the sheep plays Crysis I'll pay attention.

"The days of the desktop are waning."  I've never hear such ignorant, balls out trolling ever in my life.  Even if that might be slightly true, I assure you that does not mean that suddenly tablets named after femine products are the future.  It would go to the next successor in line, the NOTEBOOK.  

Troll harder man.

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TechJunkie

ROFL! That was awsome man!

 

 

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