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  • iPadmania Roundup: Apple Selling 20,000 iPads an Hour?


    An eager iPad early adopter bought two iPads 30 minutes apart and noticed that the order number for the second one was 10000 higher than the first, prompting him to wonder if Apple really sold twenty thousand gizmos every hour this morning. As the mania surrounding Preorder Day subsides, a number of updates - including details about the 3G data plan - have emerged throughout the day.

    Apple announced this morning that businesses and individuals could pre-order no more than two iPads, which will be delivered for free on April 3, if Saturday delivery is available in their area. Others can reserve their iPads for in-store pickup if they want to be first on their block, but Apple will only ship enough iPads to each store to cover the number that are reserved for pickup at that store, so don't think you can just walk in and buy one on the 3rd. Rumors of supply problems with the iPad have been going around over the past few weeks, and even though both manufacturers and Apple themselves have denied the claim, the 2-per-person limit and the restriction of the launch to the US only raise questions.

    Phanfare CEO Andrew Ehrlichson bought as many iPads as he - or anyone else in the US - could: two. As he wrote on his blog this morning, he looked at the difference between the two order numbers and speculated that Apple was selling ten thousand every thirty minutes: or as he notes "$10MM (ten million US dollars)/hour." As Ehrlichson noted, there's no way of knowing if all the orders were for iPads, or even if the order numbers are sequential, but as he observed "at 830am in the morning on the east coast, my guess is that most of the orders were for iPads."

    Apple's updated specs page for the iPad revealed a few previously-unknown details, such as the fact that the Mute button right above the volume controls on the device's side has somewhat surprisingly been changed to a Rotation Lock button. Engaging the switch will prevent the device's orientation from changing when the motion sensor detects that the iPad has shifted from vertical to horizontal. This is presumably to help make it easier to read, browse and game on the move, or when you're lying down. Hopefully we'll get one of these for iPhones as well.

    The website also noted that iPad Wi-Fi + 3G owners who use the 250MB plan will be able to upgrade to the $29 unlimited plan whenever they want, or they can add an additional 250MB for $14.99 on the fly. The iPad will have a Cellular Data section within Settings that will show your real-time data usage. pressing a button on this screen will allow you to add data to your plan or upgrade to unlimited. Users of the 250MB plan will receive push notifications when they get close to their limit: one at 20 percent, 10 percent, and one when you're out.

    There is no way of knowing if Apple's limits on the number of available iPads is related to supply constraints, or if it's just a way to increase demand by making them harder to get. It seems hard to believe that Apple would do anything other than sell as many devices as they can as quickly as they can, but they didn't get $40 billion in cash by being dumb businesspeople.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPadmania Roundup: Apple Selling 20,000 iPads an Hour? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      damn thats alot an hour! and i think im the first
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      I still dont see the point of the iPad if it isnt jailbroken. What can you do on the iPad that you can't do on the iphone? And dont tell me e-books because nobody here is going to use this crap to read books. And really who reads books? lol (I dont). I see the potential for the iPad ONCE is jailbroken but in stock form is a peace of HIGH PRICED CRAP. And whos going to buy this for games? Really? Touch screen games are horrible by the way. I own zero games on my iPhone.
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      Holy crap rotation lock in OS 4.0 PLEASE!!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      And really who reads books? lol (I dont).
      Is that right?



      Anyway, They must be in short supply. I see no other reason to limit it to two. Maybe 10 if they were trying to prevent people from reselling them. It wouldn't let me buy a third one this morning
    1. vampr's Avatar
      vampr -
      Can't wait for the reviews...
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      where is my 'iPad countdown widget' for my MBP ;-)
    1. gt1948's Avatar
      gt1948 -
      No I was
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Worthless piece of junk
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      playboii - I read books. playboii - Touchscreen games suck because you have never played any to compare them to anything but suck? Article - These bloggers get dumber by the day. 20,000/hr because his second order number was over 10,000 higher in number than the first. This has to be an Apple plant, right?
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      They just sent out emails with all the pre order info that got me to at least reserve one
    1. Kroo's Avatar
      Kroo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
      Worthless piece of junk
      Welcome to the forums Bill Gates. You'll find the dummy on the floor behind you.!
    1. acidburn's Avatar
      acidburn -
      Ordered mine this morning 64gig wifi.

      Why are all of these negative nancy's posting comments. They are on the wrong forum.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      I bet that when apple sends the out of data notification they probably charge overage for the data used by their message !! Now that's funny!!

      Why the hell would someone actually be proud and/ or think that it's funny that they don't read books. Is that somethng to be proud of?
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      I'm with Acidburn on this one..16GB ready for pickup for me, and ill be out there waiting the night before. I'm wondering how long the lines will be, since they may only have enough for the preorder people...is there going to be any point in 'camping' then? I've never had a chance to, so I kinda want to be first in line with this one..but no idea what time to arrive at the Apple store...
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      I'd never get a tablet, but if i was I'd get the Dell mini Tablet, or the HP tablet and wave my flash support and widgets right in front of the ipad users face.

      That's a fact
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^ I'm not sure that is really a "fact" , and even if it was, is it really necessary to state that it is?
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      Wrong post to complain in, I think...hmm. Flash...no flash....I like no flash better...
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Lolcats- I'm pretty sure that comment crossed the line of taking things a little too far. But that's just my opinion
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      Haters, are we? Good lord. I'm surprised you get this worked up about something you aren't even going to buy. Leave it be already. If you need flash, I'm sure there are lots of Windows and Android tablets coming. If you want a Dell Mini...buy a Dell Mini. Buy what you want, and be done with it.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      wow, these things are selling better than i thought. apple is going to make so much money off these! i think i will get mine after they have been hacked...