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Apple says demand for its new iPad is "off the charts"; stock held for pre-orders all sold

Apple says demand for its new iPad is
Apple has confirmed that all of the inventory for its third-generation tablet that was being held for pre-orders is now sold out. With such an amazing demand for the device that was introduced just this past Tuesday, the Cupertino based firm says that demand for the new iPad is "off the charts." Orders for the tablet placed today will not ship until March 19th, 3 days after the March 16th launch date for the tablet. Some say that buyers could ultimately see a 3 week delay until they receive their tablet. Apple says that there will still be tablets available for purchase in stores on Friday which means we could see long lines as buyers scramble to grab whatever inventory is at the brick and mortar stores. Some had been predicting that the new Apple iPad would be a hard device to find right after its launch.

Apple expects to set some new sales records when the device is released this coming Friday. Last year, when the Apple iPad 2 was launched, heavy demand had led then CFO Tim Cook to say that Apple was facing the "mother of all backlogs." But it would seem that the demand for the third-gen iPad is even greater than for the iPad 2. And while the tech titan had boosted production in anticipation of heavy demand, unlike last year when the second-gen Apple tablet received a two-week head start before launching in other countries, this year the iPad is being rolled out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands all at the same time.

source: USAToday via AppleInsider

Tim Cook (L) introduces the new Apple iPad (R)
Tim Cook (L) introduces the new Apple iPad (R)

Tim Cook (L) introduces the new Apple iPad (R)


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posted on 11 Mar 2012, 18:37 9

1. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Uhmmm duh. I never understand why analysts always downplay sales expectations when everyone knows there's a herd of sh...err people waiting to buy the next apple upgrade.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 19:24 4

4. ian132 (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Its so when they post record sales the companies stock price increases

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 18:44 5

2. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Between drooling ipad 2 owners being compelled by apple pr to sell their current ipad for the 'new' one as well as the higher resolution screen changing everything again so much that words cannot describe its no surprise that its selling well!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 21:28 3

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


actually, maybe u didnt check out the new word resolutionary? but seriously why would ipad 2 owners upgrade… ipad 1 owners is quite reasonable but ipad 2 makes no sense… and apple is not targeting that..

and the new high res screen took some serious tech.. i mean it has more pixels than 1080p hdtv…

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 05:37 2

21. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Resolutionary haha,seems like you like apples pr wording guff. ipad 2 owners upgrading makes indeed no sense but there have been articles that they are indeed,but most of the ifans apple buying frenzy logic ever makes sense really,like all those iphone 4 owners upgrading to the iphone 4$.

Yes technically it has more pixels than a 1080p hdtv but on that size screen with normal viewing distance the extra few pixels makes little difference plus. Also i'd take a 1080p 16:9 true hd aspect format anyday over a compressed square 4:3 format which isn't hd compliant in aspect ratio and can't show 1080p in a normal manner without morphing the video or media.

Would you buy a 1080p hdtv or hd 3d tv if it was like the square screens of ten years ago and not widescreen format?!

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 08:10

23. remixfa (Posts: 14061; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


TVs and monitor/touch screens are not the same thing. Monitors passed 1080p a while ago. Thats nothing new. Do you even comprehend the amount of power it would take to power a TV at 55 inches with the same pixel density as our display screens?? You would be looking at like 2000x8000p or something crazy along those lines.

The picture would probably be so awesome u couldnt tell that it wasnt reality... wait... i want one. darn it.

lol, the point is that they are for different uses. It would take a super computer to power that dense of a screen on a large scale.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 09:41

26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no it wouldnt matter if a tv had that much pixel density.. you cant see more pixels after a certain point, which is around 1080p… i suppose if u sit a foot away then ya, but from a normal distance its pointless

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 09:40

25. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


uh for tablets its better in 4:3 because u se more to directly manipulate… and hd just has black bars on the top and bottom… not a big issue…

and i am saying the tv because it seems like a pretty good accomplishment to me… but i agree with the distance thing-- thats why 4k televisions are extremely stupid

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 18:51 10

3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Whether you hate them or love them, you have to give apple pr one heck of hand at being able to get people excited over products that have very little change about them. I'm not trying to bash apple at all. Just cracks me up how loyal folks are to the "apple" lifestyle the company lays in front of them at a premium price.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 23:58 3

17. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I wouldn't blame the buyers too .. If they are "satisfied" with apple products after paying such a big amount nothing wrong in buying them again ..

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 19:43 4

5. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I think they are starting playing the tactic "public some fake charts displaying the new ipad is already out of stock so people think it's actually a good product and feel their choice safe, protected by the mass"

Noone ever thought this: A top 10 song chart is based on real people's interest or it's just a premade chart acting as input? People see the song at n.1 and think it's a good song, because it's up there...afterwise they buy the song and lately it really becomes a best seller tune.

Another example, people reading a phonearena's user post with 10 thumbs down are someway biased and leads them to dislike it aswell without thinking about it

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 19:54 1

6. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Wicked games in my modest opinion, it's like the p.r. of a party saying the tickets are almost sold out so people hurry with preorder

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 20:12

7. JunitoNH (Posts: 964; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Maybe Samsung, or in this case Android as a whole, should do the same and let see how it works out for them.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 20:20 8

8. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


This, plus all the other advertisments would work for anyone. For example, now I create the brand ZOMG.

1) In mission impossible, Tom uses a Zomg phone
2) In big bang theory Sheldon calls with a Zomg phone
3) All annoying ads in the net say I will win a Zomg phone
4) I public charts showing Zomg's cpu is 4 times faster than any other
5) I say Zomg phones is going out of stock
6)?????
7) Profit

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 20:41 4

10. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


*Fixed*

1) In mission impossible, Tom uses a Zomg phone
2) In big bang theory Sheldon calls with a Zomg phone
3) All annoying ads in the net say I will win a Zomg phone
4) I public charts showing Zomg's cpu is 4 times faster than any other
5) I say Zomg phones is going out of stock
6) Apple sues Zomg for patent infringement
7) Zomg release date on hold
8) Apple releases fake pics the Zomg phone looks the same size as theirs
9) Zomg lawyers say WTF?
10) Finally, the Zomg phone is released 12 months later... but only in Venezuela

hahahaha :p

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 21:06 4

11. paulyyd (Posts: 327; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


yeah you two are not funny. at all.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 20:39

9. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


sold out already?

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 21:20

12. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Ummm. Did you not read the article???

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 21:49 3

14. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


I think it was rhetorical my friend.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 22:00 2

15. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


I wouldn't be surprised if Apple became the next Enron

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 23:44 5

16. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


well if this is true that means the level of stupidity in the world is over 9000

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 02:23 4

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


damn, the amount of stupid people just rises everyday huh? I don't think I'm going to have children next time, don't want them to live in the world full of stupid people and where Apple is considered the company that churns out the "best technology" in the world...

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 03:52 2

19. salic (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I love Android, but the amazing resolution, solid processor, and top of the line build quality, it's simply the best tablet on the market right now.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 04:04 3

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


But the way it can't do anything productive? Makes it more like a blown up iPod Touch rather than a tablet...

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 07:30

22. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I smell scalpers

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 08:13 2

24. remixfa (Posts: 14061; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


2 things

1) they are artificially pumping up demand by being "out of stock". They play this game with every release.. quit falling for it. No, they are not the only ones.. Nintendo was notorious with this with the Wii. But it worked, they sold a gazillion of those things.

2) due to the new screen there will probably be ACTUAL supply constraints as there probably isnt too many places that can make the screens, but those will lead to LESS sales, not more.

3) Apple has been stocking up for months. Again, the back log is artificial. They probably have 20 million just sitting in a warehouse somewhere.

4) never trust super rosie early charts from companies. They are never right. They are designed to make u want to buy it more. Nokia tried that with the n900 being the "best selling nokia phone ever" or whatever they said.. a month later we find that wasnt true. Wait until there are official reports.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 19:23

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


trust me.. is not the "sold out" that sells Apple products.. I blame their marketing genius that they are. and media that hypes their products so bad that people need to have the next Apple product.. is smart marketing... the prototypes lost in a bar, the average consumer never hears this, the sold out is a 50-50 between carrier and Apple to pump the product even more but is not their heavy hitter.. like here in PA apple haters complaint that Apple gets all the attention.. but is mostly haters that flock all Apple articles.. the facts are there... by hating Apple you only help their cause.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:07 3

27. bon87 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


no big deal...it just means the number of ignorant fools are on the rise..

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