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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      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.
      Hopefully apple will start allowing colleges and schools to order mass quantities
    1. justinclark's Avatar
      justinclark -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      so interesting that people are willing to pay $500-$700 for such a limited product.

      but enjoy yourselves, friends.
      You think this is a limited product?? Wow, Id like to hear what you think of the Kindle DX considering its only $10 less and only reads books.

      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      ^kindle $259 iPad $499



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



      That makes more sense
      Kindle DX sir, $489. Ill let you search it. I compared those because they have the same screen size, making them more comparable.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Hopefully apple will start allowing colleges and schools to order mass quantities
      They probably have some thing set up so that they can buy in bulk, probably businesses as well

      Quote Originally Posted by justinclark View Post
      You think this is a limited product?? Wow, Id like to hear what you think of the Kindle DX considering its only $10 less and only reads books.



      Kindle DX sir, $489. Ill let you search it. I compared those because they have the same screen size, making them more comparable.
      check my post you quoted again I edited it before you said anything!!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Hopefully apple will start allowing colleges and schools to order mass quantities
      My guess they will start that after the initial demand is over. They will make big money off consumers first. They would then probably give big discounts to schools and for the large orders. Schools already get discounts for ordering stuff from Apple.
    1. justinclark's Avatar
      justinclark -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      They probably have some thing set up so that they can buy in bulk, probably businesses as well



      check my post you quoted again I edited it before you said anything!!!!
      You sure did! Thanks for that!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -


      the kindle is still a better book reader. it has free access to amazons huge e book library, wirelessly, anywhere.

      i can go an entire week on a single charge, and since it has some fancy screen thing, it has no glare, and dosen't need a backlight.

      it's not sold as a computer, it's just a reader. why have a color screen and all that if you just use it for reading books?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I have no idea about ereaders and I have no idea if all textbooks needed for my classes will be available for next semester more than likely I will use it for play and buy the yellow highlighted used textbooks
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      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.
      Couldn't agree more!

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      my new phone itch gets scratched every July
      It's a very fulfilling scratch too!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post


      It's a very fulfilling scratch too!
      what do you do about the 2 year contracts?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I don't know why but my account always shows it's available to upgrade. I bought two 3GSs for the same line last July
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Stop getting mad at Internet forums and products you're not interested in, you'll find life to be much pleasing.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      thats awesome
    1. tekwiz's Avatar
      tekwiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post


      the kindle is still a better book reader. it has free access to amazons huge e book library, wirelessly, anywhere.

      i can go an entire week on a single charge, and since it has some fancy screen thing, it has no glare, and dosen't need a backlight.

      it's not sold as a computer, it's just a reader. why have a color screen and all that if you just use it for reading books?
      Apple already confirmed that you will be able to use your existing epub format books with ipad...I can tether my wifi ipad to my jailbroken phone for wireless anywhere and pay no extra data cost other than what I already pay for the phone.

      Ipad can go a month on a single charge, even though it does more and has a backlit screen.
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      We already have that on our phones. Search Cydia for Rotation Inhibitor. It's on the ispazio repo.
      It's not a bad add, but still would love to avoid even having to go into SBSettings. Just a simple thing like "click power and volume up at the same time" or something. Would be wonderful.
    1. elementrace's Avatar
      elementrace -
      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.
      Well for one thing the iPad does have a bigger screen which makes reading EVERYTHING much easier, and that is at least one of the main differentiating features between the iPad and iPhone/Touch, in case you haven't noticed. You have to admit, everything looks better on a larger screen or at least everything except the Apps. Maybe YOU don't read books (or magazines or newpsapers or technical manuals) but there are a lot of us who do such as students, teachers, and service personnel, the average joe, doctors, lawyers, etc. And even if we weren't reading books, the larger screen makes everything else easier to read while not having to lug around a full blown laptop.

      If this was available when I went on vacation I would have bought one so I wouldn't have to lug around my notebook.

      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post


      the kindle is still a better book reader. it has free access to amazons huge e book library, wirelessly, anywhere.

      i can go an entire week on a single charge, and since it has some fancy screen thing, it has no glare, and dosen't need a backlight.

      it's not sold as a computer, it's just a reader. why have a color screen and all that if you just use it for reading books?
      Wirelessly? From anywhere? Really? Is that possible? If all you wanted was to read books the Kindle is the best thing to have. But I honestly don't read books very often so having a device dedicated to only doing something I rarely do is a waste of money.
    1. GadgetX's Avatar
      GadgetX -
      Quote Originally Posted by elementrace View Post
      Wirelessly? From anywhere? Really? Is that possible?
      Anywhere you get cellphone coverage. My sister has one in Kenya right now (shes in the peace corps) and can download books even in the most rural areas. Still I'll take the iPad any day over the Kindle.