U.K. Regent Street line for Apple iPad disappears with plenty of units still available
where stores opened at 12:01 am. Also, more buyers were aware that the iPad could be ordered online. A majority of those on line said they were there for the "atmosphere." Additionally, 45% were first time tablet buyers and the rest were upgrading.
We will need evidence from more than one location before we call the launch a disappointment. With over 1 million units expected to be sold during the launch, the bar has been set high, and as we said, a large number of iPad buyers just might have decided to purchase their new iPad from another vendor. By Sunday when the weekend is ending, we should have a rough idea whether the estimated demand for the device was overblown.
1. andro. (Posts: 1944; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Hmmmm....maybe off other vendors or perhaps the recent Phonearena "are you buying the new ipad" poll was right and the majority of people are actually not falling for apples pr and not buying the 'new' ipad
2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Hmmmmm..... it'll be a fun day on Monday (after this weekend's bust) to see Apple stock iPlummet.
3. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
lol if they don't get sold out by the weekend then epic FAIL.
4. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Now that explains...iOS needs a refresh too
5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I think this is the end of the chaotic launch days for Apple. There seems to be a great emphasis on pre-orders being filled. Last year, when the iPad 2 launched, by mid-afternoon, the delivery date when to 3 to 4 weeks. This time around, there was enough iPads in stock that ship dates remained March 16 for a few days and then jumped to March 19th. Only about a week ago did it jump to a few weeks. The stores also seem to have gotten a large shipment. I bet there will still be record sales, just like the iPhone 4S...but the emphasis is on those pre-orders.
I'm going to miss the launch lines...oh well.