Apple opens the iPad pre-order flood gates, limit two per customer

Apple has begun accepting pre-orders for its long awaited iPad on Friday in both Wi-Fi and 3G flavours, but there’s a catch - customers are restricted to two each, according to a report from AppleInsider.

Customers can expect their orders to be delivered on April 3rd if they ordered the Wi-Fi only model; should Saturday delivery not be available in a customer’s area they will receive their orders on April 5th. For those who opted for the 3G model, those devices are slated to begin shipping in late April.

Apple is also providing an in-store pick up option for its customer’s convenience, with devices being available in store between the hours of 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

The Wi-Fi only iPad with 16 GB of storage is available for $499, while it’s 32 GB and 64 GB siblings are available for $599 and $699, respectively. The Wi-Fi + 3G model is available with 16, 32, and 64 GB storage options as well at $629, $729, and $829 respectively.

Included with the iPad device is a dock connector to USB cable, a 10W USB Power Adapter, product documentation, and a SIM card ejection tool for those who opted for the 3G model. The iPad requires that users run Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, or Windows XP with Service Pack 3 on their computers, and in both cases requires iTunes 9.0.

There are also several accessories available which are slated to ship by the beginning of April, including a $39 iPad Case, a $29 iPad Dock, and a $29 iPad Dock Connector to VGA adapter. In addition, there are some accessories which are slated to ship by mid-April, including a $29 10W USB Power Adapter, and a $69 iPad Keyboard Dock.

According to a report from Mashable, Apple has already sold over 50,000 iPad devices within the first two hours of being available for pre-order. Will you be adding to those numbers? You can pre-order your iPad now through Apple's online store at http://www.apple.com/store.

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If all the anti-Apple comments were removed from each Apple news thread, there'd probably only be like..1 post left.

Probably because: the haters need something to hate, and everyone else gave up reading/posting comments.

Is Apple making it easy for other companies to beat this, or are they saving the upgrades for the next revision?

pyehac said,
Is Apple making it easy for other companies to beat this, or are they saving the upgrades for the next revision?
+2; 1 for companies beating this and 1 for upgrades on the next version that should have been there from the start.

Have to be a lot of moronic people getting sucked into buying this fail p.o.s even a die hard apple fan should know it has nothing over ipod touch or iphone and yes the limit is because of marketing not because of fast selling success or anything

Well I will not be getting one cost to much for what it is.

if they were cheaper I might have.

Plus version two will not be that far away.

ra_27 said,
Well I will not be getting one cost to much for what it is.

if they were cheaper I might have.

Plus version two will not be that far away.

Same. I'd never buy rev. A hardware from Apple anyways. Always wait for them to iron out the manufacturing kinks. Heck, that's why I'm waiting for the new Macbook Pros to come out...so I can pick up a few current gen models on the cheap.

Edited by Kookaburra, Mar 13 2010, 5:36am :

LOL @ All of those who said it was going to fail and that 2 per customer is an egocentric limit or anything. They've taken 51 000 orders in the first 2 hours... If they take that much every WEEK it's gonna be successful.

PsykX said,
LOL @ All of those who said it was going to fail and that 2 per customer is an egocentric limit or anything. They've taken 51 000 orders in the first 2 hours... If they take that much every WEEK it's gonna be successful.

Except that's statistically improbable. Initial pre-orders have historically outpaced later pre-orders, where it just sort of putters out. It's very orgasm like.

I'm going to be very interested (okay, mildly interested (okay, when bored during ANOTHER one of Colbert's weeks off)) to see how quickly refurbs show up. That's a frequently overlooked stat right there.

/speaking of Colbert, I am not in the mood for whenever his week of plugging the iPad starts
//the man is a total tool for Apple
///check the show's ending credits
\\funny guy, tho

any person has a clear mind would not buy this. Except you have a lot of spare cash to buy apple product for collection.

How conceited does someone have to be to think that the iPad is a completely ingenious invention, and expect so many people to buy it that they had to put a limit of two per person? Honestly, Apple is digging themselves a hole as far as being laughed at goes. This disappoints me. Whats even worse is that over 50,000 people bought one in under two hours. I wonder if they realize that they're just buying a completely overpriced and larger iPhone/iPod Touch that can't fit in your pocket.

I almost feel bad for the entire community that supports this, but then again, they're too blind to see any faults in whatever Apple makes, so it's their own fault.

Killa Aaron said,
i'm sorry but i can't see the reason in buying one of these.

Slow down your horses, there's nearly no app for it right now. In a year, you're going to have a few reasons.

I have to say that Apple did an extremely good job with the launch of this iPad. They really know how to hype stuff so that everyone wants one. So even though I don't like the restrictiveness of their products, I have to give them kudos for knowing how to market stuff.

Btw I heard they are also going to release the iPad Nano: A rebranded iPod Touch

People are awfully quick to say this is going to fail. Let's not kid ourselves here. It's going to be a humungous success with the masses - it's only people like us who think it's a poor product. Even I'm waking up to the idea.

Simon said,
People are awfully quick to say this is going to fail. Let's not kid ourselves here. It's going to be a humungous success with the masses - it's only people like us who think it's a poor product. Even I'm waking up to the idea.

I think the problem with a lot of techy-type people, is they have an inability to see outside their little monkeysphere into what others may think. If they don't like something, or it doesn't fit their exact mental image of the capabilities of whatever that device should have, then everyone that buys that is a fool, noob, gullible, naive or stupid. And they'd be right, were it not for the fact that the world revolves around the dollars and interests of those noobs, fools, gullible, naive and stupid people...

Kookaburra said,

I think the problem with a lot of techy-type people, is they have an inability to see outside their little monkeysphere into what others may think. If they don't like something, or it doesn't fit their exact mental image of the capabilities of whatever that device should have, then everyone that buys that is a fool, noob, gullible, naive or stupid. And they'd be right, were it not for the fact that the world revolves around the dollars and interests of those noobs, fools, gullible, naive and stupid people...

+0.79...it'd be a whole 1 were it not for the colourful adjectives...not that you care.

Simon said,
People are awfully quick to say this is going to fail. Let's not kid ourselves here. It's going to be a humungous success with the masses - it's only people like us who think it's a poor product. Even I'm waking up to the idea.
go back to sleep

Simon said,
People are awfully quick to say this is going to fail. Let's not kid ourselves here. It's going to be a humungous success with the masses - it's only people like us who think it's a poor product. Even I'm waking up to the idea.

What, like the Macbook Air was supposed to be?

Richard Hammond said,

What, like the Macbook Air was supposed to be?
No, everybody looked at the MacBook Air and knew it would always be a niche product. Same with the Apple TV, really, especially once it was called a "hobby".

Simon said,
No, everybody looked at the MacBook Air and knew it would always be a niche product. Same with the Apple TV, really, especially once it was called a "hobby".
You know, I've never heard of Apple TV in a conversation that didn't include "I just found it on apple.com and can't figure out what it does."

Solid Knight said,
Why rush when they'll drop the price in a couple of months?

I'd never buy 'revision-A' hardware from Apple, no matter what it is. Everyone that's been a long-term Apple buyer knows this. I know this thing is selling like crazy, but I hope it doesn't go the way of normal new product launches.

satukoro said,
+1

And hopefully after that we'll see a "going out of business sale."

You *do* of course realize that Apple just hopped ahead of Wal-Mart to become the third most valuable company in the United States, right?

http://brainstormtech.blogs.fo...2/apple-overtakes-wal-mart/

"Apple shares have been on a tear since the iPad's ship date was announced last Friday, hitting five all-time highs in as many days.

UPDATE: Apple closed at $226.6, up 1.1 points (.49%) for yet another all-time high. It's market cap is now $205.48 billion, $309 million more above Wal-Mart, which closed down .07 points (.13%) for the day."

"Going out of business sale"? Hardly. Considering Apple is worth more than HP and Dell combined. Sure. Keep wishing.

Edited by Kookaburra, Mar 13 2010, 4:56am :

Kookaburra said,

You *do* of course realize that Apple just hopped ahead of Wal-Mart to become the third most valuable company in the United States, right?

http://brainstormtech.blogs.fo...2/apple-overtakes-wal-mart/

"Apple shares have been on a tear since the iPad's ship date was announced last Friday, hitting five all-time highs in as many days.

UPDATE: Apple closed at $226.6, up 1.1 points (.49%) for yet another all-time high. It's market cap is now $205.48 billion, $309 million more above Wal-Mart, which closed down .07 points (.13%) for the day."

"Going out of business sale"? Hardly. Considering Apple is worth more than HP and Dell combined. Sure. Keep wishing.

Alright, true. I guess I'm just hoping that the fanboy part of their community will die. But it's unlikely that will happen.

satukoro said,
Alright, true. I guess I'm just hoping that the fanboy part of their community will die. But it's unlikely that will happen.

I could hope the fanboy community of Microsoft would die as well, but this website would implode if that happened.

50,000 in 2 hours estimated, hmm, these should be going cheap on ebay within a few months once people notice their ipod does this and a book is alot easier to read as it doesnt have batteries or DRM

jonnyH said,
50,000 in 2 hours estimated, hmm, these should be going cheap on ebay within a few months once people notice their ipod does this and a book is alot easier to read as it doesnt have batteries or DRM
I wonder if I can get one for less than twenty dollars. I think I'll make that my mission. Just to prove how big of a fail this was.

Edited by satukoro, Mar 13 2010, 3:52am :

Pauleh said,
Were the three "slate"s in there deliberately?

Nah, I just think they need to learn that a thesaurus isn't an extinct breed of reptile.

lol.. The hate is funny here. People can spend their hard earned cash on what they like and I hope they enjoy their purchase. (I'm not buying it btw).

imachip said,
lol.. The hate is funny here. People can spend their hard earned cash on what they like and I hope they enjoy their purchase. (I'm not buying it btw).
Who says they earned it. I bet every penny was stolen.

If you say something that is not favorable towards Microsoft: You are putting up the good fight against the man and just plain telling the honest truth about the evil, big corporation that is destroying lives, and harming the good, peace loving people of this planet we all share.

If you say something that is not favorable towards Apple: You are evil, a hater, and probably racist, too. How dare you speak ill of something you have never used and never plan on using? There are a lot of people that enjoy these products, and you are hurting their feelings. This is Apple, they are just trying to earn a little bit of money for their share holders, and you Microsoft fanboys are ruining the party.


This 'hater' meme is played out. Find a new one.

nohone said,
If you say something that is not favorable towards Microsoft: You are putting up the good fight against the man and just plain telling the honest truth about the evil, big corporation that is destroying lives, and harming the good, peace loving people of this planet we all share.

If you say something that is not favorable towards Apple: You are evil, a hater, and probably racist, too. How dare you speak ill of something you have never used and never plan on using? There are a lot of people that enjoy these products, and you are hurting their feelings. This is Apple, they are just trying to earn a little bit of money for their share holders, and you Microsoft fanboys are ruining the party.


This 'hater' meme is played out. Find a new one.

I feel bad for the productive Mac users in the creative industry that have no sense of fanboyish loyalty, just a love for their work and a dependence on tools they're most comfortable working with.

I would never trust, after all, a jazz trumpet player who asserts a Martin Committee is the only trumpet for REAL trumpet players.

I think the disdain should be saved for the sort of hipster/cafe Apple fanboy that spends $100 on outfits designed to look like hand-me-downs and thinks espresso is the only proper way to drink coffee without even knowing the difference between light and dark roast.

brent3000 said,
wow... some people will buy anything.,...
Yeah your average mac user is an idiot! They are the ones that buy **** just because of a commercial and name brand.

To be clear, if your here posting a comment on neowin then your not that average mac user OK, so get over it!!

war said,
Yeah your average mac user is an idiot! They are the ones that buy **** just because of a commercial and name brand.

To be clear, if your here posting a comment on neowin then your not that average mac user OK, so get over it!!

Well that's a silly thing to say. NeoWin has a very active Mac-using community, and plenty of posters who are fans of Apple products. Don't judge a site by its name.

PCWorld is, after all, a sensationalist anti-Microsoft rag.

war said,
Yeah your average mac user is an idiot! They are the ones that buy **** just because of a commercial and name brand.

To be clear, if your here posting a comment on neowin then your not that average mac user OK, so get over it!!

wow... some people will buy anything.,... Like 200 million copies of Vista.

ilev said,

wow... some people will buy anything.,... Like 200 million copies of Vista.

To be honest, I never had any problems with Vista.

satukoro said,
To be honest, I never had any problems with Vista.

I once put the final version of Vista on a friend's computer, did a few common sense tweaks, and told him it was a beta version I unlocked that didn't have the problems everyone complained about yet.

He used it for a month while happily saying how much he enjoyed it and he didn't understand why MS ruined the final product so much.

It let my soul giggle.

Binary said,
You guys might want to iPad to fail, however 50,000 units pushed in 2 hours means an instant win for Apple.

Did you think the Apple fanboy's wouldn't buy into it? That's the massive rush. That and the people that dont' know what they're getting. Then the device will be released, people will be unhappy, and the poor reviews will start pooring in. 50k in 2 hours isn't an instant win. It's an instant loss for the clueless masses and the Apple fanboy's.

Tim Dawg said,

Did you think the Apple fanboy's wouldn't buy into it? That's the massive rush. That and the people that dont' know what they're getting. Then the device will be released, people will be unhappy, and the poor reviews will start pooring in. 50k in 2 hours isn't an instant win. It's an instant loss for the clueless masses and the Apple fanboy's.

The same thing was said about the iPhone. If there is anything apple knows how to do its market and hype, especially with its mobile hardware. It'll do fine.

The only thing that has flopped the past few years has been their MacBook Air, and look why, it wasn't marketed nor had any buzz like their previous products.

I think I'll pass on this myself, but people will eat this up imo.

Edited by shockz, Mar 12 2010, 11:45pm :

Binary said,
You guys might want to iPad to fail, however 50,000 units pushed in 2 hours means an instant win for Apple.

the article provides us with somebody's estimate on some estimated numbers. These numbers are highly questionable if anybody asked me. it does not say it's based on actually purchased ipads. very distorting. this is how rumors make the rounds and if stated long enough turn into something people actually believe in. Just like in politics (at least in the US).

DerAusgewanderte said,

the article provides us with somebody's estimate on some estimated numbers. These numbers are highly questionable if anybody asked me. it does not say it's based on actually purchased ipads. very distorting. this is how rumors make the rounds and if stated long enough turn into something people actually believe in. Just like in politics (at least in the US).

Yeah, those statistics are horrible...

DerAusgewanderte said,

the article provides us with somebody's estimate on some estimated numbers. These numbers are highly questionable if anybody asked me. it does not say it's based on actually purchased ipads. very distorting. this is how rumors make the rounds and if stated long enough turn into something people actually believe in. Just like in politics (at least in the US).

It's true. There are enough people who won't pre-order it of their own accord, but will if it seems successful ('moderates', as it were, who don't want to board a sinking ship).

While I'd prefer the iPad failing, I have no control over the market. The only reason I want it to fail, after all, is my fear of the tablet computing market going in that direction.

Binary said,
You guys might want to iPad to fail, however 50,000 units pushed in 2 hours means an instant win for Apple.

did you see the title "Apple sells 50,000 iPads in two hours?"
there is a question mark and read the article properly its just an estimate

still1 said,

did you see the title "Apple sells 50,000 iPads in two hours?"
there is a question mark and read the article properly its just an estimate

And even if they are off by 20,000, it's still a good number for two hours of pre-orders.

You know.... people are wanting so muuuchg (sarcasm) an iPad. oh yeah, I want one. Better spend 500 bucks one a core i5 Dell or hp, rather than buying this piece of "super productive" ****. This thing can only do what an iPod can do. what about reading USBs, and or DVDs. can it do it for 300 bucks.

Jose_49 said,
You know.... people are wanting so muuuchg (sarcasm) an iPad. oh yeah, I want one. Better spend 500 bucks one a core i5 Dell or hp, rather than buying this piece of "super productive" ****. This thing can only do what an iPod can do. what about reading USBs, and or DVDs. can it do it for 300 bucks.

You have a point if this is trying to enter the productivity market. However, as a media consumption device, a $500 laptop isn't as appealing.

Believe me, I am no fan of the iPad, and have no interest in buying one, but the market it's trying to create does have buyers. What will really be interesting is what the iPad will be used for in reality. Much like Apple pushed the iPhone as a smartphone for everyone, but ended up after a year or so deciding to push it as a gaming device, the iPad will probably not be marketed as merely a consumption device by 2011. Assuming it sells well enough to develop a culture, that is.

fr0st42 said,
Id go with the HP..... If I wanted a tablet pc.
The difference here is that the HP tablet will be running Win7, won't be this overpriced, and will suck less due to support for everything that the iPad doesn't.

satukoro said,
The difference here is that the HP tablet will be running Win7, won't be this overpriced, and will suck less due to support for everything that the iPad doesn't.

Wait. Why would I want to spend money on a device that runs the same OS and software that I could have on my desktop and laptop, just in a different (and probably clunkier and worse) way? Other than first-party programs, who's gonna waste the effort and resources on making a Win7 program for a slate-formfactor device, of which there will be a ton and all with varied features and functions. Sounds...tedious, and not to mention a complete shot in the dark as far as hardware requirements and specs are involved.

Edited by Kookaburra, Mar 13 2010, 1:34am :

Kookaburra said,

Wait. Why would I want to spend money on a device that runs the same OS and software that I could have on my desktop and laptop, just in a different (and probably clunkier and worse) way? Other than first-party programs, who's gonna waste the effort and resources on making a Win7 program for a slate-formfactor device, of which there will be a ton and all with varied features and functions. Sounds...tedious, and not to mention a complete shot in the dark as far as hardware requirements and specs are involved.

You obviously have never tried an HP touch PC. And the slate isn't clunkier than laptops lol.

/- Razorfold said,

You obviously have never tried an HP touch PC. And the slate isn't clunkier than laptops lol.

I'm with Razorfold on this one. I've played with the HP tablet, and the newer tm2, and it's a fantastic productivity tool even if nothing existed beyond Office. They're capable enough to fully function as a regular laptop (dedicated GPU, thank god), are capacitive but stylus equipped and LED backlit, and the new ones have a gorgeous chassis (subjective, natch). As a bonus, the new ones are Intel based and run VERY cool--a nice improvement over past HPs.

I've been eyeing these hardcore of late, especially with a $300 coupon sitting around on retailmenot.com (you can get a fully maxxed out tm2t for ~1000). The stylus and GPU give it a leg-up over the Lenovo s10-3t, but the Lenovo is much more compact and easier for hand-held use... argh.

Office/OneNote with touch are so far and away better than whatever the iWork experience might be on an iPad unless Apple pulls off something Epic Clever.

/- Razorfold said,

You obviously have never tried an HP touch PC. And the slate isn't clunkier than laptops lol.

Sorry...I just don't put much faith in the HP build quality. If it's not clunky at release, it will be in a few months, if not completely falling apart. I've seen it too many times with their portables, and they'd get tossed around a lot less than some little tablet.

Kookaburra said,

Sorry...I just don't put much faith in the HP build quality. If it's not clunky at release, it will be in a few months, if not completely falling apart. I've seen it too many times with their portables, and they'd get tossed around a lot less than some little tablet.


Pssst...your fb is showing.
I wouldn't talk too much about how awesome Apple build quality. All first gen Apple products have been riddled with issues.

ahhell said,

Pssst...your fb is showing.
I wouldn't talk too much about how awesome Apple build quality. All first gen Apple products have been riddled with issues.

Luckily, if I do have a problem with an Apple product, I have award-winning customer support to rely on, and not forced to sit on hold to decipher broken English from some dude in India.

Buzz99 said,
All this is iRediculous....Get a laptop that does all these things and more ( not from apple overpriced)
Why get a phone? Get skype and a 3G card and your laptop does everything a phone can do, and more!

Limiting the ipad to 2 per customer seems to me like a shoot in the foot. IMO Apple just crossed the line with all the limitations they're enforcing. Huge FAIL!!!

Gladiatorus said,
Limiting the ipad to 2 per customer seems to me like a shoot in the foot. IMO Apple just crossed the line with all the limitations they're enforcing. Huge FAIL!!!

I think they're honestly convinced there is going to be a massive rush on this like there was for the iPhone or iPod touch. Jobs thinks this will be another massive success and everyone will want one. I agree, these limitations are a bad idea. They need to sell as many as possible before people figure out what they're getting.

Just what I needed!! An overpriced iPod touch with useless overpriced accessories. I cant wait to see ths thing tank like vista did. On April 5 im gonna sit back, kick my feet up, and roast some weiners on apple's crash and burn. Anyone want some S'mores?

Ogmius said,
I cant wait to see ths thing tank like vista did.

If Apple sells over 200 million of these, it'd be a massive success.

Wow if you buy the highest end (not 3G one) and all the accessories + warrenty its only $1,181! err um yeah... buy a laptop in that case

neufuse said,
Wow if you buy the highest end (not 3G one) and all the accessories + warrenty its only $1,181! err um yeah... buy a laptop in that case

Firstly, it's $1,072. Secondly, about $300 of that is accessories - a dock, a set of headphones, a case, a keyboard, a power adapter, and a display adapter. I don't know about you, but I usually don't buy all the accessories for my product. $699, while being on the more expensive side, isn't *attrocious*. And $99 for 2 years of warranty is a steal - most companies would charge a lot more.

Simon said,

And $99 for 2 years of warranty is a steal - most companies would charge a lot more.

Is this just warranty or full insurance? Because afaik companies are obliged to have 1 year warranty on electronic devices, and even 2 years in Europe.

RuuddieBoy said,

Is this just warranty or full insurance? Because afaik companies are obliged to have 1 year warranty on electronic devices, and even 2 years in Europe.

In the USA you are lucky to get a 90 day warrenty included anymore

neufuse said,

In the USA you are lucky to get a 90 day warrenty included anymore

All Apple products come standard with a 1-year warranty.

primortal said,
Wonder what the return rate will be once the consumer gets them

Yeah, that would be an interesting statistic. Not saying I expect it one way or the other, but it would be interesting to see.

$69 keyboard dock? sheesh... just give us a USB port we can plug a keyboard in and you're set, plus a stand that can hold it up

neufuse said,
$69 keyboard dock? sheesh... just give us a USB port we can plug a keyboard in and you're set, plus a stand that can hold it up

nah put a USB port on and people will put be able to easily put whatever they want on their iPads while away from their computer, easy music sharing. Apple would never allow that.

neufuse said,
$69 keyboard dock? sheesh... just give us a USB port we can plug a keyboard in and you're set, plus a stand that can hold it up

You can use any bluetooth keyboard AFAIK.

Stetson said,

You can use any bluetooth keyboard AFAIK.

Yeah. The keyboard dock is the silliest add-on so far, if only because there are VERY cheap (well, okay, not entirely, but ebay+bing cashback? win) bluetooth keyboards out there. But I imagine this will appeal to the 'collector' mindset where only authentic Apple accessories will do.

Edited by Joshie, Mar 13 2010, 4:57am :

Lets face it, Apple put the limit to give the impression it was going to be popular? ;P

This is going to phail more then George W Bush.

c3ntury said,
Lets face it, Apple put the limit to give the impression it was going to be popular? ;P

This is going to phail more then George W Bush.

It's going to fail? Apple sold 50,000 in 2 hours and your calling that a failure? this thing is going to be a run away success, this is Apple and lets face it they know how to make something desirable. Hell even my work is considering buying a truck load of them (guess they can't right now with the limit and all), the iPad is hot property. You may not like it (neither do I honestly) but the iPad is going to be huge, Apple know what buttons to push on the general public and they could make even a turd the hottest selling thing of all time if they wanted too.

c3ntury said,
Lets face it, Apple put the limit to give the impression it was going to be popular? ;P

This is going to phail more then George W Bush.


+1

Xerxes said,
It's going to fail? Apple sold 50,000 in 2 hours and your calling that a failure? this thing is going to be a run away success, this is Apple and lets face it they know how to make something desirable. Hell even my work is considering buying a truck load of them (guess they can't right now with the limit and all), the iPad is hot property. You may not like it (neither do I honestly) but the iPad is going to be huge, Apple know what buttons to push on the general public and they could make even a turd the hottest selling thing of all time if they wanted too.

Like I said earlier. It's a fanboy rush and the ignorant masses purchasing something they barely know about just because it has Apple's name on it. It'll fail.

Tim Dawg said,

Like I said earlier. It's a fanboy rush and the ignorant masses purchasing something they barely know about just because it has Apple's name on it. It'll fail.

Sort of like all the buzz about the Courier?

c3ntury said,
Lets face it, Apple put the limit to give the impression it was going to be popular? ;P

This is going to phail more then George W Bush.

I don't have a lot to go on for first impressions, but if I take the reasoned route, it comes down to this:

1) Initial preorder sales will be the highest. It's always like that. Yes, we can project success from that, but if there are 100k preorders this week, that doesn't mean there'll be 100k every week. These are the fanatics, after all. Sort of like people that hold their breath at 12:59am watching woot.com just in case it isn't another roomba. We can estimate the launch success of the iPad from these numbers, yes, based on pre-order sales patterns of other products and a little math. Whether anyone does that remains to be seen.

2) On dealnews.com, the iPad has a 4/5 hotness rating. Roughly the same as a Kenmore gas grill, a 46" Samsung HDTV, toilet lid tattoos, and a few Dell computers. What does this translate to? I have no idea. I honestly never completely understood the hotness rating. It probably just means click-through.

3) Absolutely nobody was talking about it (not audibly, at least) for a 20 minute window during lunch hour at a busy Starbucks today while I was gophering. I did, however, notice just as many netbooks as Macbooks. No Eees, though.

4) Save money, order a short. It has just as much espresso as a tall. Everyone orders grandes, which is gross, and a venti is just pointless. Drinking that much caffeine doesn't keep you awake longer, it just gets you that much more worked up. You crash after the same amount of time regardless. Short now, short later, avoid the crash, laugh at 5 hour energy commercials.

But I digress.

The iPad will have a solid launch, no doubt. It amazes me a little that so many people will drop so much money down on something so expensive without interacting with it first, especially when we're apparently in a recession. I knew it'd be successful, but yeesh. It's not like it's a $300 console.

Joshie said,

The iPad will have a solid launch, no doubt. It amazes me a little that so many people will drop so much money down on something so expensive without interacting with it first, especially when we're apparently in a recession. I knew it'd be successful, but yeesh. It's not like it's a $300 console.

Well, on the bright side, there is no Red Ring of Death to worry about, so right there is it a smarter buy than "some" consoles at launch?

Edited by Kookaburra, Mar 13 2010, 4:37am :

Kookaburra said,

Well, on the bright side, there is no Red Ring of Death to worry about, so right there is it a smarter buy than "some" consoles at launch?

I know you aren't suggesting that the iPad will be crash proof (even the iPhone isn't). Your example is a silly one, because it opens you up to a very simple counter argument along the lines of:

The XBox 360 can output wide screen 1080p.

Joshie said,

I know you aren't suggesting that the iPad will be crash proof (even the iPhone isn't). Your example is a silly one, because it opens you up to a very simple counter argument along the lines of:

The XBox 360 can output wide screen 1080p...if it turns on

Fixed.

Edited by Kookaburra, Mar 13 2010, 5:05am :

Tim Dawg said,

Like I said earlier. It's a fanboy rush and the ignorant masses purchasing something they barely know about just because it has Apple's name on it. It'll fail.
The same was said about the iPhone and that failed pretty hard didn't it? History will repeat itself.