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Report says that new Apple iPad sales are sluggish after that strong start

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Report says that new Apple iPad sales are sluggish after that strong start
Perhaps the fact that the new Apple iPad wasn't sold out in brick and mortar stores on launch day was a clue. Even the lack of long lines that had become a hallmark of Apple launch days should have been seen as a sign that something was different this time. Sure, Apple said it sold a record 3 million units during the launch weekend, and pre-order inventory was sold out, but this third iteration of Apple's tablet doesn't seem to have the legs that the Cupertino based tech titan's mobile devices usually sport.

According to a report from Want China Times, Foxconn employees are reporting a major slowdown in the production of the new iPad. One employee, who works on the tablet's assembly line in Shenzhen, noted that in February workers received overtime as production of the iPad moved into high gear with 150 to 180 units assembled per hour. In March, the Foxconn employee said that things slowed down quickly and sometimes workers wouldn't even get in 5 days of work during a week. He claims to have had 10 days off last month himself due to a slowdown in sales of the device. This lack of sales also led to the shutdown of 3 of the 20 assembly lines dedicated to the tablet. Those lines are now producing a new product entirely.

The slowdown in Apple iPad sales has also affected "scalpers" in Hong Kong, according to the Chinese paper. Instead of the 30% margins they usually get from hawking Apple devices, the word is that they are feeling "overstocked" and are unable to secure those juicy profits like they have in the past.

Are we in the midst of a seminal change in Apple's fortunes, or is this merely a Foxconn employee blowing off steam? Either way, we won't know for sure just how well or how poorly the new Apple iPad is selling until Apple's next quarterly report.

source: WantChinaTimes via AndroidAuthority

Last quarter saw Apple iPad market share continue to fall while Foxconn workers (R) are allegedly slowing down assembly of the latest Apple tablet
Last quarter saw Apple iPad market share continue to fall while Foxconn workers (R) are allegedly slowing down assembly of the latest Apple tablet

Last quarter saw Apple iPad market share continue to fall while Foxconn workers (R) are allegedly slowing down assembly of the latest Apple tablet


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posted on 08 Apr 2012, 13:59 16

1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


FIRST!

lolz

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 16:34 9

26. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


What good news...... whoa!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 18:28 10

29. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


I hate it when people write "first" but for the first time I had a smile for a "first" because it is you. I learned that you are an old user of the web site and always come up with impartial and good comments which I like to read. so for the first time thumbs up. I like apple ipad (not more than Samsung n Asus) but I guess this new tab didn't bring something remarkable to boast off. I didn't think that it would cause low sales (apple fans would buy anything from apple) but no long lines on launch day gave a clue of lower future sales. If a tab with win8 does not meet my expectation (my expectation also include a reasonable price) I will go for Samsung tab with a pen :).

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 23:30 1

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


ha impartial?

and as for ipad there have been analysts from 13 mill and below… i think it will be a typical apple launch-- not a record breaking one though

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 06:21 2

66. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I don't get why this report from an anonymous source holds any more truth than the sources that swore they were making a smaller version of the iPad or the ones that said the iPhone 4S would have a larger screen.

Again, I know hating Apple is the fun thing to do, but be consistent. A rumor is a rumor. Everyone threw their hands in the air, praising God that there weren't a lot of lines for the new iPad when it launched and that the stores had the iPad in stock. Everyone thought, the iPad isn't selling well. Turns out, most folks bought the damn thing online and Apple actually had stock. Plus, Apple sold a record number of iPads.

I'll be written off as making excuses for Apple, but I don't think that's fair. Don't shun one rumor and then turn around and act as if another rumor is gospel.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:15 2

71. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


normally i dont put much stock in rumors, but when you couple that with the fact that there were almost no lines at all, no one ran out of stock for the first apple mobile device EVER, and junk like that... it makes it very believable.

Yea, people bought online. But there are also normally lines down the road waiting to get an ipad. Its not like they had that much more in store than normal. Instead of having like 5-10 per store, they had 10-15. Any regular apple launch line would have eaten that.

Normally the projections for apple's sales are quite kind and high.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:07

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


wait im kind of confused.. im not saying that the 13 million one is accurate-- or any of them actually... im trying to say that there were rumors of up to 13 million and below meaning no one really knows..

and i agree about the online thing-- it has been rumored that apple produced a large amount more as well

were u replying to me or making a general statement.. cause im not trying to diminish or inflate the ipad 3 launch-- i think it will just be a typical one

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:17 2

72. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thanx raza.

yea, the first thing is annoying, so when i get a chance i throw it back at them. :) lol

Im not very excited about the tab2. its not much of an upgrade. I cant chastise apple for that crap and then praise samsung for the same thing. The Note 10.1 is a much more reasonable purchase if the price isnt sky high.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:41

75. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


C'mon remixfa, I wouldn't expect that from you! lol

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:04

76. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol :) im allowed to goof off from time to time too :) besides, it kept someone else from doing it. :)

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:31 1

81. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well at least it was some light hearted fun! Not like some people who make it their life’s work to say FIRST! lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:00 7

2. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


whoa!!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:02 27

3. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ok, waiting for the usual iDefence team to rush in. Tell us about sales and all that stuff.

You cant win every round. In fact apple rarely won a round until the iphone. They've had a hell of a run though. If only they would have done it ethically. Maybe the word is finally out and people are becoming disenfranchised by it? One could only hope.

Then again, rereleasing the same item over and over again with a minuscule change and a monster price tag cant keep you on top for too long.

PS, love the graph on the bottom about the loss of tablet dominance. That should be its own article though. Be great for the board mudslinging which keeps the post count high . lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:15 20

7. tedkord (Posts: 12228; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I assume the argument will follow basically the same evolution the smartphone one did. Smartphones went like this:

1) Android is just vaporware
2) Android will never sell as much as iOS.
3) Apps are what matter, Android will never have a huge app market
4) There's only one iPhone, Android is only winning in market share because there are hundreds of Android phones, and they give them away for free and besides most Android phones are returned and Google is lying about how many activations they get every day and most folks who buy and Android phone think they're buying an iPhone because Android is a direct copy of iOS what with the rectangle shape and icons...

So, I'm assuming we're going to ship step 1, go from step 2, which we've already passed, to a brief step 3 and on to step 4, the rationalization phase, in which we're educated about how Android winning has nothing to do with the Android experience, but is all due to iOS being so awesome that only the richest and smartest are worthy enough to buy it.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:22 15

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Or for example: "Android is winning only becase Apple is losing..." LOL!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 16:24 9

24. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Yeah thing is, most of the Android Devices are much more capable and reliable than Apple.

Examples?

Xperia S and Galaxy S2/Note VS iPhone
Sony Tablet S, Galaxy Tab and Transformer Prime vs iPad
Walkman Z and Galaxy Player 5.0 vs iTouch

Yes, they are all better. Don't you even start comparing a company like Crappl to legends like Sony and Samsung...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:42 2

60. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Galaxy player and Walkman z sucks
Tablet and phone yes you made a point cause I am getting bored of iPhone
But the iPad still have a larger ecosystem
That's why my father is waiting for the iPad 3 to be launched in Malaysia so he can get one

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 03:32 6

62. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Sure, enjoy your overheating piece of crap then...

FYI, Both the Galaxy Player and Walkman Z are music players, and as music players, they deliver music way better than any iPod or iCrap available, so yeah, they do own the iTouch hands down. If you're looking for a multimedia device, I don't see why you shouldn't get the PSVita instead.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 03:53

63. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I just live the design of the iTouch

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:09

83. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


not better than an ipod... fyi

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:13

85. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i would take a galaxy5 over an ipod touch any day of the week. all the exact same arguements between an sgs and an phone4.. except without the ability to make calls.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 04:41 5

65. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


If you think both PMPS suck then you are lying....

Both have better audio quality, both have better processors, better design, better headphones bundled and a lot more

Loled @ larger ecosystem. Ever heard of Kies and Sony Entertainment Network?

Oh you are buying a portable music player because it looks good? Lol...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 06:25

67. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Kids sucks and the design of the player makes me Think WTF ? The Sony has a not bad design but I still like my iTouch more

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 06:27

68. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


KIES*
Btw my dad sync his gs2 with iTunes

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:09 1

70. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Well guess what, I have an iTouch 3Rd generation, and I WISH I had a Walkman Z or a Galaxy Player.

Not only do both use Android, and have proper processors for games like Shadow Gun + Games from Tegra Zone, they have a much much better sound quality than an iTouch, more expensive headphones bundled, and have a true design unlike a brick.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 09:21 1

78. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@thelegend Galaxy Player and Walkman Z aren't comparable to the ipad, because they're Android-runing media players with 5" or smaller screens. The ipad is a giant ipod with 9.7" screen, with different apps designed for it to be used more like a computer than a typical media player (or phone). While the ipad does (for now) dominate the tablet arena in terms of apps, Android's not far behind. The ipad's dominance came from the fact it used the same coding as the ipod/iphone but with different resolutions, making app development a relative breeze, especially if the developer had prior experience with ios devices.
Personally, I'll hold off on a new device until Windows8 comes out

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:43 9

13. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Now people have lot of option out there. These days lot of people look for cheap and best TAB. That 44.6% android thanks to Kindle fire.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:22 3

14. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


And i was waiting for all the android users to critique everything about apple...

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 20:55 2

34. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


lol yeah

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 21:13 7

36. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


honestly i'm surprised anyone went for the iPad 3 at all... from everything i heard there's really nothing different than the iPad 2...

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