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#1 +techbeck

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:23

The iPad is set to become the fastest ever selling electronic device, according to estimates by US investment analysts.

Retail analysts at Bernstein Research have apparently declared that iPad sales' rates - 4.5 million units per quarter - have surpassed that of the DVD, previously the fastest adopted non-phone technology, according to CNBC.

It quotes Bernstein's retail analyst, Colin McGranahan, writing: “The iPad did not seem destined to be a runaway product success straight out of the box... By any account, the iPad is a runaway success of unprecedented proportion."

If it was to continue this rate, apparently, the iPad would surpass gaming hardware and cellular phones to become the fourth biggest electronics category, after TVs, smart phones and notebook PCs.

The report is likely to restart the debate about whether or not the iPad is cannibalising notebook PC sales. McGranahan made his comments on a report about US mega retailer Best Buy, whose CEO was forced to clarify previous remarks about the iPad blasting notebooks out of the water.

Perhaps this is one reason to be a little bit cautious about how quickly the iPad will take over the entire world. We're talking about one segment of the US consumer market, which really consists of just one vendor.

It's also worth noting that DVDs came down in price reasonably rapidly - and Apple has never really embraced the pile em high, sell em cheap approach.

And, of course, the last thing Apple would want is for every every Tom, Dick or Harry to be walking around clutching its fondle slabs. And there were many vendors of the DVD format. There is, of course, only one vendor of the iPad, and its rivals are prepping their own tablets. Whether the world will take the new kids on the block to their hearts is another matter. ®


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#2 c3ntury

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:24

I can't see it happening.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:28

Apparently they haven't encountered the idea of initial adoption rush

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:33

really? I haven't heard much about the iPad since its release... besides a commercial here or there for the wall street journal or something else... seems like its dieing out more then becoming the fastest selling device...


this is from the register if this has anything to do with the story.....

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:34

BREAKING NEWS! [PRODUCT NAME HERE] HAS SOLD 15000 COPIES WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR OF RELEASE! OUR INTERNAL TEAM OF EXPERT EXTRAPOLATERS SAY THIS MEANS IT WILL HAVE SOLD 127,800,000 COPIES WITHIN A YEAR![/article]

How does stuff like this get into the news?

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:42

I'm really into Apple, but I did not see this coming, I am ver surprised. Overall I vote the iPad's usefulness rather low because it does not benefit me in any way.
As for this:

BREAKING NEWS! [PRODUCT NAME HERE] HAS SOLD 15000 COPIES WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR OF RELEASE! OUR INTERNAL TEAM OF EXPERT EXTRAPOLATERS SAY THIS MEANS IT WILL HAVE SOLD 127,800,000 COPIES WITHIN A YEAR![/article]

How does stuff like this get into the news?


Anything is 'news' it might not be deemed newsworthy (yes I agree with you, but...) it is still news and information, and this is a tech forum.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:55

Apparently they haven't encountered the idea of initial adoption rush

It's funny because people said the exact same thing first about the iPod and then about the iPhone.

Excuses so far:

- First the iPad would be a failure before it even hit the stores
- Then the iPad wouldn't sell beyond Apple enthusiasts
- After that the iPad wouldn't sell beyond gadget addicts in general
- When the iPad turned out to be selling quite well among the general public its success wouldn't last for more than a few months
- Now those few months have passed it's "initial adoption rush"?

Can't wait for the next one! (Y)

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:14

2012, microsoft creates the windows tablet, its cheaper, has a terrible gui , horrible design but its only $200...sales surge, people who buy macs are still considered stupid trend followers

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:19

people who buy macs are still considered stupid trend followers



I think of the iPad as a trend schmuck device.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:26

It's funny because people said the exact same thing first about the iPod and then about the iPhone.

Excuses so far:

- First the iPad would be a failure before it even hit the stores
- Then the iPad wouldn't sell beyond Apple enthusiasts
- After that the iPad wouldn't sell beyond gadget addicts in general
- When the iPad turned out to be selling quite well among the general public its success wouldn't last for more than a few months
- Now those few months have passed it's "initial adoption rush"?

Can't wait for the next one! (Y)

Apple has mastered the art of making people want things they don't really want or have any need for. Plenty of tablets have existed before, but it required a jolt from the Reality Distortion Field to make them popular.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:31

The Apple iPad, a device made with plastics.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:33

Apple has mastered the art of making people want things they don't really want or have any need for. Plenty of tablets have existed before, but it required a jolt from the Reality Distortion Field to make them popular.

Great new excuse! (Y) :laugh:

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:37

I think of the iPad as a trend schmuck device.


This.


Funny thing is, I know a guy who has an iPod Touch, an iPhone 4, and bought an iPad.... Needless to say I couldn't help but laugh at him. Same thing for others. Why buy a device that does the same thing as your iPhone?

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:38

What I find annoying about the iPad, and other popular products, is this...

A few people told me they were getting the iPad. I asked why. The responses I got was "because it is cool" They couldnt tell me what it does or what it is used for. It just shows that people would rather buy something for status/popularity rather than think about if they need or...or if there is anything else out there that is around the same price but can do more or a better job. Same goes with cars, cameras, PCs, dish soap...whatever.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:39

I have one, and around the house it became the most use "computer" for Web surfing, quick email, light gaming, music and video on car trips. And with 3G, Web surfing outside is possible and it's quite nice. I simply love the 9.7", much better Web experience than with my iPod. And all the Web site I do use don't require Flash, so it's not a problem for me.

I can also say that I read more books since owning my iPad.

I had one of those Netbook, upgraded it to the max and DARN it was slow at everything. Yeah, It ran a real OS, but I do much more now with my iPad. Instant ON is a killer feature.