Apple pre-sells estimated 50,000 iPads in first 2 hours

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Apple pre-sells estimated 50,000 iPads in first 2 hours
As we reported earlier, Apple started taking pre-orders for the Apple iPad starting at 8:30 am Eastern time today. Users of the AAPL Sanity board at Investors Village took their pre-order number and cracked the code to make an estimate that Apple had received 50,000 pre-orders for the tablet in the first 2 hours. The estimate is based on the Cupertino based company receiving  pre-orders for 25,000 units per hour. Sales could have been higher as according to Apple Insider, pre-orders to business customers are being limited to two units per sale due to supply constraints.

Apple had to redesign its web page to accept the pre-orders. The iPad bumped Apple TV from the first page and also added information on signing up for 3G services from AT&T for the device. The initial model of the iPad to be shipped April 3rd will be Wi-Fi enabled only. Later next month, Apple will rollout the Wi-Fi/3G version of the tablet. For $14.99 a month, you can receive 250MB of data while $30 monthly allows you unlimited data. The service will be offered on a monthly basis with no contract necessary. Emphasis was also placed on the iBooks application. At the same time, while Apple had said that there would be 140,000 applications in the App Store at launch of the iPad, the company announced that there are now 150,000 apps available.

source: Apple, AppleSanityBoard via AppleInsider



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16 Comments

1. TheMusicRocksMe

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

You people are wasting your money!! Do yourself a favor- send it back and buy 2 netbooks with BETTER specs for the same price.

12. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Did you watch the Apple Keynote? They didn't want to throw a Apple netbook out because netbooks are crap. They wanted to meet in between an iPhone and a Computer. I think the iPad will suffice for what they were aiming for. I had an HP netbook and it wasn't very good. I couldn't watch videos clearly and navigation was a pain in the ass with the small trackpad. I think you should just wait for it to come out so you can test it out yourself before coming up with a conclusion already.

2. ajmoore88

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 13, 2008

It blows my mind how dumb people are. They could be getting netbooks twice as good for half the price that actually have the ability to multitask. Might as well be a giant ipod touch. Unfortunately Führ Jobs seems more powerful than ever...

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Okay, let's be real...you could make that same argument about any other consumer product...ever. If your point is to get from point A to point B then why buy a BMW...you can get a Honda much cheaper with the same features If your point is to watch TV, why buy a Sony or Samsung when you can get a Westinghouse for much cheaper? If your point is to call/text/surf the web, why go with AT&T and Verizon when Sprint and T-Mobile are cheaper and give you more for your money. People aren't stupid for wanting this product. Apple is successful for a reason. Unlike a lot of companies, they've controlled their user experience almost completely. There is a reason people are willing to spend more money on Apple products (and BMW's, Sonys, Samsungs, and Verizon and AT&T). I buy Apple products because I've been more satisfied with those products than any PC I've purchased. I bought an iPhone because it's literally been the best experience I've ever had with a smartphone since I started using them. There is nothing wrong with company loyalty. The iPad is not for everyone, but you guys have to understand that it does work for a good amount of people. People complain about Flash...and heck I was one of them. But Steve Jobs not caving in on this one has single handedly gone towards the push towards wide adoption of HTML5. In addition to that, you have no clue what this thing will do with future updates to the software. Multitasking, in my case, is a deal breaker and the reason I wouldn't buy one, but that isn't the case for everyone. And how do we know that with an update, the iPad can't do user multitasking? I absolutely understand that everyone is tired of hearing about Apple and tired of the world stopping whenever the Steve Jobs farts. But give the company some credit. That wasn't just handed to them. We didn't just magically start caring about Apple out of nowhere. They worked for that recognition. And it's not like Apple is really trying to grab our attention every five minutes. They come out with new products almost at a set time every year. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Close your ears for a few days and everything is back to normal. I will continue to drive my Honda Accord and not insult someone because they bought a BMW or Accura.

4. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

In all your examples, the more expensive good or service is better than the cheaper one. BMW is a better quality vehicle than honda sony is built better than westinghouse And Verizon is better than Sprint and T-mo USUALLY apple is known for quality products, plus having mac products is in style. but in the case of the ipad, the quality and capability of the device lacks compared to its cheaper netbook counterparts

6. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I agree with you 100%...Apple deserves a boatload of credit for becoming what it is today, basically a tech superpower. However I will NOT tolerate purchasing products that have been configured based on someone elses tastes and preferences and has the ability to brick my sh*t at the drop of hat. I understand and appreciate the idea of "it just works", but at the same time, your stuck! A Mac is like a museum with beautiful walls and you dont get to touch anything because you'll mess it up. A PC on the other hand is an unlocked workshop with all sorts of different tools and utilities available to you... Anyway... Their will be alot of disappointed people out there when this thing is finally shipped and they realize just how crippled it is.... Don't worry...There will be people out there making fun of you ;)

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I absolutely agree with you too. For some people, they just can't deal with a product that is so heavily set in its ways with no customization what so ever. In the case of those people, the iPad will not work. But for some folks...and again...a good sum of people who aren't tech geeks like us, the iPad will work just fine. Think about it as a member of the general public, what do they use their computers for. Will the iPad suit them? I think it will. Now for Techie folks like us, it may not work for us because we like to customize. But Apple isn't marketing towards us because we are such a small portion of their customer base.

10. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

You guys say that customization is a huge deal. Well, obviously it isn't based off what Apple has thrown out to the public. The iPhone and iPod Touch have been on lockdown for a quite a few years now and that is definitely not stopping people from wanting them still. Yes, like you two said, there isn't so much to customize, but that's why Apple's products run optimized. They are built not only because they want to lock us out, but they want to also hold their reputation for being known to have products run efficient without (many) problems, unlike PC's which seem to have a bigger tendency of having problems. Also, it isn't just applied to the "non-geeks". Do you really think that 50,000 in the first 2 hours weren't geeks...they had to be up early in the morning to sign up for the iPad, so I'm betting at least...I'd say...95% of them were the geeks haha. Plus their innovation has definitely marketed towards people like us on these forums. We get so intrigued with little features, but we seem to complain more when they are higher in price, such as Apple products, which I will say are very expensive. But again, that's where the efficiency of their products come in. I'll never go back to a regular laptop now that I'm on a MacBook Pro with Windows. Last thing, put us back 3 years ago. Do you really think Apple doesn't market towards us, the small portion? Once the iPhone hit, that started all this tech savy stuff. Now that we seem use to ipods, iphones, ipod touches, and now ipads, it may not seem like they are going anywhere for us, but I'm sure they have us in their minds and will eventually surprise again. We'll just have to wait and see.

13. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

It's amazing how so many people can comment on a product that they never touched, used, or seen in person as though they are experts... lol.

5. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

No, the iPad is not for everyone. It's not for people who may want to get a second battery. It's not for people who may need to go to a Flash enabled site. It's not for people who don't want to be tied to a single source for apps. I'm waiting for an Android powered tablet. It'll blow the doors off this weak sister. "Think Different," has become, "Apple Uber Alles."

7. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

Notion Ink "Adam" is an 11 inch tablet running Android- due out later this year.

9. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

yea adam's gonna go eat the apple. but where's eve? o_O

11. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Is this Android tablet going to enter the eBook competition as well? Also, I'm not sure if I'd buy an Android tablet...if it was in phone comparisons, I'd consider it, but as a tablet...I don't think the Apps on the Android Market are as great as the one on the Apple App Store. Honestly. I'm am currently on a Android phone and I don't feel like they overpower the apps from Apple. But maybe this tablet isn't...like...based on apps. Maybe other regular computer functions? Idk...haha

14. whitneyv88

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

How can you people sit there and slander this ingenious device. First off...If people wanted the net book they would go and get one. Yes they are cheaper but the data plan for that is $60 a month and its not even unlimited data. Okay so you pay less a month. Your usage is limited and as far as that netbook goes, there are things you can't do and are limited with as far as accessiblity and functionality. So tell me where thats better..?? And lets jog your memory a little bit. Apple was one of the first to bring out the technology of a computer. Which exploded and are used in just about any job you do now! Lets jump a head a little farther... Okay how about that ipod. What a breakthrough in technology! Everyone has one. They are the best quality of mp3 player out on the market with the least glitches and internal problems. Which leads me right to the iphone! There are currently more than 9 MILLION iPhone users in the market right now. If that wasnt another big step in technology then i dont know what was. Not only that, the iphone has more downloadable and free apps than any other phone. Now to sit there and say that the ipad is like a giant iphone is correct. but how convenient would this device be for some one who is a realtor? keep pics, copy paste and post online with a touch of your finger. Anyone who is not on board with this is truly crazy. Yes it is SUPPOSED to be like a tablet. So its large, but very thin and light weight. I think you should try it out or atleast go to a store and get a look and feel for the device before you critisize. Apple is known for making leaps and bounds in the technological world. Give them a little more credit.!!!

15. rcollins12

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2010

It may have more downloadable apps but it does not have the most free apps. The Android marketplace actually has the most having 57% of the applications avaiable being free.

16. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

Android Market has the highest *PERCENTAGE* of free apps, but App Store has the most. 57% of 30,000 is less than 25% of 150,000. Hell, 25% of 150,000 is higher than the entire number of apps (free and paid) on Android. - VDubb

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