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Over 200,000 iPads being sold per week?

updated 11:40 am EDT, Thu May 20, 2010

Sales beating Macs, nearing iPhone levels

iPad sales are extremely strong at the moment, says RBC Capital Markets' Mike Abramsky. Citing checks, the analyst claims that figures are currently over 200,000 units per week, easily beating the 110,000 Macs Apple is estimated to be selling. The iPad is doing so well in fact that it is within range of the iPhone 3GS, which was estimated to be selling about 246,000 units per week in the US during the first quarter.

Apple and Best Buy retail stores are reportedly still going out of iPad stock on a regular basis. Many Apple locations are believed to have no iPad 3Gs, and about 25 percent are said to have just some Wi-Fi models available. As a consequence of all of the new information, Abramsky says he is raising his global iPad forecast for 2010 from 5 million to 8 million.

Several factors are believed to be responsible for pushing sales. These include "rising consumer visibility to [the] iPad's user experience," as well as persistent marketing and word-of-mouth, the iPad 3G launch, and growth in the quantity of apps and other iPad-related content. Apple profits should only be helped once the device launches outside the US.






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  1. Zeeb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Yes, more Apps Less Flash

    I'm thrilled! The more people adopt the iPad the more quality applications are on the way.

    Combined with iPods and iPhones this means over a 100 million devices will not be capable of flash soon--meaning more pressue on web developers to support modern standards viewable on these devices.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Great news!

    The fact that the tablet is becoming so popular may upset some political figures who think that they don't 'emancipate' but the tablet is an important milestone in computing history.

    I still think it will have a positive impact, eventually, on publishing. We need the portable computing device, and the phone isn't going to be 'it' for so many tasks - because the screen is too small, and until they get 3d project tech worked out, the screen will always be too small for so many varied tasks, all the way from a good shopping experience, to drawing manga, to reading a magazine, to doing research.

    I've read books on a phone, and something that had a 200 pages in regular book form, is 5000 pages on the tiny screen, that doesn't work....if you have a visual memory, that's too many pages, and if its freeform, thats even worse. You have to reference a page, sometimes....common task in research, but I digress.

    Thanks Apple for kicking off the wave of tablet sales, its going to be an interesting next few years.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Great news

    I've read books on a phone, and something that had a 200 pages in regular book form, is 5000 pages on the tiny screen, that doesn't work....if you have a visual memory, that's too many pages, and if its freeform, thats even worse. You have to reference a page, sometimes....common task in research, but I digress.

    But most eBooks are free form (following the ePub standard, at least) and, as such, the number of pages and such differs based on the viewer app.

    And seriously, who cares about 'references' in research. No one actually follows those links. They just like to see that they're there.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    More versatile & complex books

    As a writer, I'm delighted by the interest that iPad buyers have in ebooks, particularly since I already have a book in the iBookstore.

    But Apple seems to have lost touch with its Mac roots in layout and typography. As a format, ePub is adequate only for novels and simple biographies. It can't handle anything complex, including graphics (other than inline) or the clever typographical touches (in color no less) that an iPad could display so well. The great potential of the iPad is being wasted.

    The basic issues revolve around the current deficiencies of reflowable text standards and applications. Epub is too primitive, roughly the equivalent of HTML 1.0. Ereader applications for ePub are no better, and there are no applications as powerful as InDesign/Quark are at creating print books.

    Until that changes, we need to depend on PDF for high-quality ebooks. PDF is a mature technology and can handle more complex, more attractive layouts than ePub. The iPad screen is large enough to display the pages of books 6x9 or smaller at full size and could display many of them with facing pages.

    Apple should define a PDF specification (size, graphic dpi, etc) that would work well with with the iPad and adapt the iBookstore and iBooks to handle it. Adopting PDF would make it much easier for publishers to create ebooks for the Apple store. They could use the staff and applications they already use to create printed books. Even more important, the result would look infinitely better than Mobipocket books on the Kindle, giving Apple a competitive edge.

    --Michael W. Perry

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