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  • Soaring Demand for iPad


    With surveys indicating sky-high customer satisfaction and large, growing demand, Apple's gamble with the iPad seems to be paying off richly. New estimates suggest that Apple is selling more iPads than Macs - with 200,000 sold every week, almost as many iPads as iPhones - and the number continues to grow as demand remains high. Meanwhile, new iPad owners report what one pollster calls "nose-bleed satisfaction numbers" as high as 91%.

    The consumer research firm ChangeWave released two surveys today. As reported in Computerworld and elsewhere, asked 3,174 people how likely they were to buy an iPad, and the other checked in with 153 new iPad owners to see how satisfied they were with their purchase. 7 percent of the people ChangeWave asked about buying an iPad said they thought they were "very likely" going to do so, and another 13 percent said they were "somewhat likely:" meaning that a staggering one in five random people surveyed thought there was a good chance they'd buy the device, most of them within six months.

    And what about people who have already made the decision to buy? Three-quarters of them said that they were "very satisfied" with the iPad, and another 17% said they were "somewhat satisfied." Paul Carton, ChangeWave's research director, compared these statistics to another blockbuster Apple device. "Apple is reaching the kind of nose-bleed satisfaction numbers of iPhone owners," he said Carton. "A 91% satisfied rating is a very good beginning for Apple, to say the least."

    The most significant disappointments with the iPad are the fact that there's no camera, which bothered 29% of owners, and the absence of USB, pointed out by 10%. The same number objected to the lack of Flash support." Carton said this was, in essence, nothing to worry about, saying that there was "no smoking gun" of broad dissatisfaction. "There's nothing here reaching the 25%-30% mark," he said, "nothing here that stands out."

    AppleInsider reports that the iPad is selling like hotcakes as a result: according to an analyst with RBC Capital Markets "sustained word-of-mouth" is pushing sales up to the level of the iPhone 3GS, which sold 246,000 in the first quarter of this year. Checks of retail sales indicate 200,000 iPads are being sold each month, almost double the number of Macs.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Soaring Demand for iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      You all know the camera was left out so that it can be included in a future release, and you know lots of people who already have an iPad will buy that one as well. This is Apple's strategy and you can't blame them for doing something that works.

      Quote Originally Posted by neildunne View Post
      The people who just dont want one (or cant afford one;-) please stop moaning and sounding bitter, and if i hear one more time..."all it is, is a giant ipod touch".......i'll fuc***g scream lol
      Right on. I never heard people ******** about how a laptop is just another sized computer.
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Right on. I never heard people ******** about how a laptop is just another sized computer.
      I like this argument, however a desktop isn't mobile, which makes the laptop a necessity for people on the go. An ipod is a mobile device, as well as the ipad, with just a larger screen and faster processor. So the revolution from desktop to laptop is much greater than ipod to ipad. But to each his own, i'm, personally, going to wait until the next gen release... maybe the one after that. I want as many features as i can get for my money, and i think video chat on the device would be spectacular.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      This proves apple is takingn over and 500.00$ for it is nothing I spent 987.00$ and well worth it, all my friends want an iPad and are selling their outdated pc's on craigslist now as i post this thanks.
    1. ASG41L's Avatar
      ASG41L -
      no wonder, having seen this!YouTube - iPad + Velcro = GENIUS