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03-03-2010, 09:02 AM #1
Apple Store Employees to Get iPad Next Week?
Anonymous reports from "inside sources" as well as an Apple Store manager in Southern California say the iPad will start arriving at Apple Stores for employees to "experience," starting as soon as March 10, according to a report on the Examiner. The manager, who asked not to be named, also indicated that a retail launch of the new device will happen this month, possibly on March 26. Meanwhile, an Apple spokesman has denied reports that production problems will delay the launch, with suppliers also chiming in that they are on track to deliver up to 700,000 iPads this month.
Apple had been somewhat vague about the launch date at the product introduction, saying only that the WiFi-only models of the iPad would go on sale "in 60 days." Sixty days from the January 27th announcement would be March 28, which is a Sunday. A financial analyst, Peter Misek, reported on Monday that his sources had told him that that production issues with Foxconn, the lead supplier for the iPad as well as the iPhone, would delay the planned launch of the new device. Apple moved quickly to squelch that rumor, with a spokesperson confirming that the iPad "would be available in late March." However, this statement leaves vague the question of where the new device will be available: Misek's report said that the launch would be limited to the US only. Foxconn told Taiwan-based DigiTimes that the company "does not comment on market speculation," but its suppliers said that they were getting materials on schedule and that they expected to be able to deliver 600,000 - 700,000 iPads in March and a million in April, in line with Apple's earlier projections.
Examiner poster Daryl Deino, who writes the LA Gadgets Examiner, said that iPads will be coming to Apple Stores early so that employees would have enough time to get used to the new device. On March 15th, according to an anonymous Apple Store manager, Apple will start airing television commercials for the iPad which will highlight the iBookstore and the device's e-reader capability. Then on March 26th, the first WiFi-enabled iPads will be sold at Apple Stores, with 3G models following in April or May.
The store manager also reportedly claimed, without explaining in any detail, that people who camp out for the launch will get a "special gift."
image via WIRED Gadget Lab
03-03-2010, 09:19 AM #2
03-03-2010, 10:02 AM #3
what i really don't understand is why i cannot PRE order from Apple
i can pre order that stupid Sony device that is coming out, why not determine market interest by accepting "pre-paid" pre oreders?
i want one. i can afford one. so will about 5 million others.
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03-03-2010, 10:11 AM #4
The hype just brings excitement and we need that in our lives. I will get one either preowned or if apple drops price. I don't see value in paying full price for 16gb.
03-03-2010, 10:13 AM #5Btw so sorry to spam but am I the only one to think apple has honestly missed the mark with this product?
I can't see how in a bad global economy many will justify the price for this device.
every single aspect of this device is underpowered with the exception of the capacative touch screen.
Now, this device may not be for you (though I wouldn't doubt that you'll end up trying one someday and eating your words) and that's okay. It's not for everybody. I'm amazed at the number of people that seem to want a touchscreen laptop without a keyboard. How revolutionary would that have been? That's what most of the pads coming out now are. I don't want that. I want a new world computing device that changes paradigms. I don't want just another cool looking computer.
The fact is that Apple didn't really stand a chance with this device. People were going to hate it (well, the critics anyway). The reality that will bear out is that the majority of people will love this device, because the majority of the people in the world are not the critics or computer elitists. They're the people that want a device to just work. That's the iPad. And they'll love it and buy it.
I can't wait to see how this plays out.
EDIT: I just couldn't overlook this one:
I still don't give a damn about this underpowered and overpriced large format iPod Touch!
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03-03-2010, 10:49 AM #6
if tethering is possible then why need the 3g version? i have a feeling that this ipad is gonna make my day when i'm stuck at a starbucks or a korean cafe shop with my girlfriend chatting away to her BFF lmao
03-03-2010, 11:30 AM #7
03-03-2010, 12:16 PM #8Originally Posted by stevelucky
Saying the iPad is just a large iPod Touch is like saying that a 50" plasma TV is just a large 19" TV. Yeah, I guess so. But I still want one.
03-03-2010, 01:50 PM #9
This "I'm going to trash this product and the opinion of people that buy it" attitude is getting old. Grow up, boys. If you want an iPad, buy one. If it's not for you, you don't need to tell us every reason you seem to hate it. If we're going to buy it anyway, why would we even care? Just let it go already...
03-03-2010, 02:01 PM #10
Trust me, I don't mean people that actually 'ask questions' and base their decisions on their questions. I mean the people that say it's simply a large iPod touch, and say people that buy them are stupid and whatnot(it might just BE an oversized iPod touch, but that doesn't make people that buy them crazy). If you don't want to buy one because it doesn't have a camera, by all means. Just don't make fun of those who might want one. It's not about the product, it's about how you word your opinion and questions.
03-03-2010, 02:05 PM #11
bigger is better
i'm sure there will be some awesome cydia apps that come out for this thing, thats really what i'm waiting for...that and the 4th gen iphone.When the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
03-03-2010, 04:29 PM #12
i wish i worked for an apple store, but i am only a freshman in high school. *sigh...
03-03-2010, 04:45 PM #13
i would only get this if someone jail-broke it
but other wise the iPad looks pretty bad
03-03-2010, 05:00 PM #14
03-03-2010, 05:48 PM #15
i want one ... =/!
03-03-2010, 07:43 PM #16
For the record, the 3G version of the iPad will also have GPS, so if you do a lot of traveling and don't want to squint to see the gps on your iPhone, throw the iPad in the passengers seat or what not and you have a bigger GPS.
Plus since I'm sure that idea will get some hate, location based apps on the iPad would be awesome. All that screen to put all kinds of info about your location. Local food places, movie previews of a theater near you, etc. All on one screen.
03-03-2010, 07:58 PM #17
I should be disguised as an Apple employee just to get it.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
03-03-2010, 08:28 PM #18
03-03-2010, 09:09 PM #19
Hopefully we will have a pre-order soon. I doubt they are sending units to stores and if they do it would only be one per store.
03-03-2010, 09:22 PM #20
I am waiting for the pre-order day too. The min it goes up I will be putting in my order. At the end of the month I go to third shift for 3 weeks. It is sooooooo boring what I have to do on that shift and it would be great to load it up with some movies and tv series for the many down times or sitting waiting times. I can with my iPhone but a bigger screen would be much better.