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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. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wolftamer View Post
      Holy crap rotation lock in OS 4.0 PLEASE!!!
      We already have that on our phones. Search Cydia for Rotation Inhibitor. It's on the ispazio repo.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Rotation inhibitor hardware switch is a sensible thing. Currently many applications are trying to address this problem within the application. Making this a hardware feature is great.

      Of course people read, and iPhone's small screen makes it impossible (not just difficult, but impossible) for some books that I tried to read on the website. I wanted to read it on my couch and bed, but didn't like using the notebook for it. I also tried using my HTC Athena (5 inch screen) and it works great but the instability and clumpsiness of winmo platform stopped me after three books (I have 5 more books to go on this series). I'm now waiting for iPad to continue my reading on this website.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      so interesting that people are willing to pay $500-$700 for such a limited product.

      but enjoy yourselves, friends.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Some people don't see it as limited. Everyone has different taste and ideas on limitations.
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      True...2 of my friends have the same thing...one's got an iphone, one's got a droid...each one loves theirs and tends to hate on the other.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple's going to make BANK from the iPad They've already got my money!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      They will be getting mine too. Probably will sell my 3GS for it and grab do my usual phone search lol. I like to go through different phones and circle around to the iPhone. I have had this one since a week after launch, I am itching for a new phone device. The iPad will keep my iPhone OS itch down I think.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      my new phone itch gets scratched every July
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Hmm still can't preorder here in the UK. Oh well the iPad isn't going to be a sucess outside the US anyway.

      ^ iPhones are awesome, doubt I'll ever give it up. It's perfect.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I normally go through several different phones a year but always come right back to the iPhone. I don't know why but sort of a tech junkie lol.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      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.
      I'm buying it mainly for it's e-reading capabilities. I plan on saving a lot in college textbooks from this.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
      Worthless piece of junk
      hahah lmao
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kroo View Post
      Welcome to the forums Bill Gates. You'll find the dummy on the floor behind you.!
      Would you get your head out of Steve Jobs Ar$,, I'm sure he's in pain.

      The iPad is pointless for me and most others.

      20,000 in an hour, hmm a lot of bad statistics if you ask me, probably loads of schools/colleges orders in there.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ nope. There was a 2 per person limit. Unless you were referring to college students.

      How can you say most others? Just say its pointless for you.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      ^no I was saying that I think the schools/college are part of that number and apple is just trying to get sales by hyping it up, I'm probably wrong

      How can you say most others? Just say its pointless for you.
      It's Pointless for me!
    1. justinclark's Avatar
      justinclark -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      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.
      You dont read books? Well plenty of people read books, and many (including myself) intend on reading books on this device. Matter of fact, its my main reason for buying this. Ive been looking to get an ereader for a while but have been disapointingly unimpressed with all the ereaders available. Not only can you read books quite well on this, you can also do a million other things all at almost the same price of a Kindle. Not too shabby I say.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Apple didnt release the numbers. They are going off order numbers. I doubt it is that accurate. Supposedly Apple sales 15,000 in units on a normal day. So who is to say they were all iPads
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      There was news back that yes a lot of colleges were looking deeply into the iPad. A lot of companies may also do the same. Just as the iPhone did to the phone companies the iPad is going to be the push for slates. I think the form factor and size have a lot to do with the push too. It is thin; not to mention the instant on when waking it up.
    1. justinclark's Avatar
      justinclark -
      Quote Originally Posted by mudrock1000 View Post
      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
      And us iPad users will wave our fast virus free iPhone OS and battery life right back at you! LOL, you can keep your flash, I wish more devices would ditch flash. It will force web developers to stop using it faster.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      You dont read books? Well plenty of people read books, and many (including myself) intend on reading books on this device. Matter of fact, its my main reason for buying this. Ive been looking to get an ereader for a while but have been disapointingly unimpressed with all the ereaders available. Not only can you read books quite well on this, you can also do a million other things all at almost the same price of a Kindle. Not too shabby I say.
      ^kindle $259 iPad $499,

      almost the same price
      What planet do you live on, where $240 doesn't matter, are you a banker?

      Edit: I take that back I didn't know about the Kindle DX, Soz

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Apple didnt release the numbers. They are going off order numbers. I doubt it is that accurate. Supposedly Apple sales 15,000 in units on a normal day. So who is to say they were all iPads
      That makes more sense