Initial supply of iPads depleted? Pre-orders now delayed to April 12

Apple's iPad order page is now showing a shipping time of April 12th for all new orders of the Wi-Fi specific model.

It seems as if the initial demand has even taken Apple by surprise, now that they've delayed all new pre-orders by more than a week. Alternatively, they could also be hoarding supply for their local stores in anticipation for higher than expected demand when it launches on April 3. In addition to a regular walk-in purchases, Apple is allowing customers to reserve a model for local pickup at one of their retail stores

Estimates of initial pre-orders indicated that Apple had sold over 150,000 iPads in the first 72 hours. Those estimates have now tempered down to 7,000 units per day over the second week, down from 12,000 units per day for the first week. Currently it is estimated that over 240,000 iPad have been pre-ordered since Apple began accepting pre-orders on March 12. 

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Kurt said,
Not too surprised most of them will return it back to Apple and get money back...

[let me add to your statement] ...when they realize that they can't hold them and type on the at the same time.

My question: How could you hold and iPad and type on it at the same time? On the iPod Touch, you thumbs is long enough to touch all the keys, but on the iPad, you need your whole two hands.

Edited by illegaloperation, Mar 27 2010, 11:21pm :

day2die said,

[let me add to your statement] ...when they realize that they can't hold them and type on the at the same time.

My question: How could you hold and iPad and type on it at the same time? On the iPod Touch, you thumbs is long enough to touch all the keys, but on the iPad, you need your whole two hands.

The same way I "hold" my laptop when I type: I don't. Somehow it magically gets done without my laptop flying out of my lap on the bus or laying in bed or sitting at a desk.

My question: How long after it's very clear this is a success and owners of it love it are you going to go on and on moaning about the same nonsense?

Edited by dp123, Mar 28 2010, 12:26am :

dp123 said,

The same way I "hold" my laptop when I type: I don't. Somehow it magically gets done without my laptop flying out of my lap on the bus or laying in bed or sitting at a desk.

My question: How long after it's very clear this is a success and owners of it love it are you going to go on and on moaning about the same nonsense?

To answer your question....it's not a success. No one knows if it will fail or succeed yet.

And typing on a large touchscreen like that....a pain. Try folding your laptop screen so that it's all the way flat with the keyboard, and then type. Odd? Yes. You have to lean over the keyboard to see the screen. It's just not natural. That's how typing on an iPad or any other tablet/slate will be. You're not going to do much typing on it, period.

andrewbares said,

To answer your question....it's not a success. No one knows if it will fail or succeed yet.

And typing on a large touchscreen like that....a pain. Try folding your laptop screen so that it's all the way flat with the keyboard, and then type. Odd? Yes. You have to lean over the keyboard to see the screen. It's just not natural. That's how typing on an iPad or any other tablet/slate will be. You're not going to do much typing on it, period.

Actually, as I recline in bed at this moment with my laptop awkwardly propped on my bent knees screen pointing down, I think: hell, a tablet would be a whole lot more convenient at this moment.

Go tell someone who might give a damn what they will do and what they will think; you don't no **** about me.

And again: how long will you go on pretending that this will not be a successful product?

dp123 said,

Actually, as I recline in bed at this moment with my laptop awkwardly propped on my bent knees screen pointing down, I think: hell, a tablet would be a whole lot more convenient at this moment.

Your knees will still have to be bent to type on it... idk what you're getting at. if you laid your legs down the the entire device will point toward the celing (flat) and not at your face. at least a lappy on your chest you can still see the screen.

I watched Jobs type on the iPad during the keynote, the motion was odd, the masses were sighlent and it was very disturbing lol.

ZenVenT said,

Your knees will still have to be bent to type on it... idk what you're getting at. if you laid your legs down the the entire device will point toward the celing (flat) and not at your face. at least a lappy on your chest you can still see the screen.

I watched Jobs type on the iPad during the keynote, the motion was odd, the masses were sighlent and it was very disturbing lol.

Oh my god! When I said on my "bent knees" I never fully realized that I would have to BEND my knees -- you're right that's impossible. Much better to lay completely prostrate with only my neck bent, a laptop balanced on my chest, keyboard a couple of inches from my chin, the screen a foot away from my face, typing in the "T-Rex posture" than propping it on a bent knee, or a pillow, or even a fold in my comforter, or on a stand.

Look folks, if you happen to be a person who has trouble reading/using a clipboard, book, magazine, newspaper, tablet, laptop, eReader, cellphone or anything else in your lap while sitting or reclining without it flying out of your lap and hitting the ceiling or cradled in one arm without your other arm suddenly becoming arthritic or paralyzed, feel free to NOT BUY IT. But you might want to keep your lack of motor skills to yourself and avoid telling people what they can and cannot do. I've met late stage MS sufferers with more physical capabilities than you.

As someone who was using crappy, bulky Win-based tablets in the field more than a decade ago, a current owner of a kindle, and a user of virtually every form factor of device conceivable in every posture conceivable, I am fully comfortable with how I will use this device, including knowing its pros and cons, and still find it worthwhile.

The more users the more developers the more apps the more users the more 3rd party accessories the more $$$$ for Apple. It is what it is, whether you like Apple or not.

Shadrack said,
The more users the more developers the more apps the more users the more 3rd party accessories the more $$ for Apple. It is what it is, whether you like Apple or not.

Is funny but initially Iphone was a developer-hater platform, where the only option to develop for Iphone was web-apps (meh).

Opera will look great at iPad. Pity that it's very expensive.

Still... don't know how the hell people like the iPad. Well, at least is not my money.

They probably did this to try finding the exploit used to jailbreak 3.1.3 and implement a fix, seeing as the iPhone Devteam doesn't want to release the new jailbreak yet in anticipation of the iPad, and firmware 4.0? We shall see!

techbeck said,
haha, funny how people think preorders means that people will actually buy it. Hell, I preorder things all the time...put a little money down...but I can change my mind later on. I am waiting on REAL sales....not preorders.

Why do you care? Were you waiting to see if it's popular before you buy one?

Kookaburra said,

Why do you care? Were you waiting to see if it's popular before you buy one?

Maybe he wants to try it hands on in the stores before he follows through with the preorder. The store may have demo units, but be sold out, and he'll still have his preordered one to fall back on, if he likes it.

andrewbares said,

Maybe he wants to try it hands on in the stores before he follows through with the preorder. The store may have demo units, but be sold out, and he'll still have his preordered one to fall back on, if he likes it.

Sometimes you get free **** when you pre-order. Seriously, i got a pewter pinky demon with my preorder of Doom 3 a way back, i recently sold it for over $50! It paid for the game though i miss it so...

Edited by ZenVenT, Mar 29 2010, 3:38am :

I think it would be a funny story if there really was a shortage due to the product manufacturing being unable to match Apple's high quality expectations, resulting in all of the presales being sold at a loss to the company.

I would say people who buy iPad is extremely stupid. with only 64GB and inferior Chipset and a stretch out iPhone OS, the thing already costs 700 USD. Oh my goddd. With this amount, you can buy a full computer or a laptop or a tablet PC or a powerful netbook with big 320GB harddrive and 4GB RAM and HD ready too (HP Mini 311). Oh my god. What are they thinking?

Also, Apple is so lame. They squeezed the supply to create an amazing wow effect, an illusion that this device is selling so well. It is so hot. In market of hundred millions people, you just can sell a couple hundred thousands devices. It is not good at all. Wake up.

satus said,
In market of hundred millions people, you just can sell a couple hundred thousands devices. It is not good at all. Wake up.

Getting PRE-ORDERS for a device from nearly 1% of the population of the US before the device is even officially released is very good. Show me another device that has managed this, especially in the current economy?

Edited by roadwarrior, Mar 28 2010, 2:23pm :

roadwarrior said,

Getting PRE-ORDERS for a device from nearly 1% of the population of the US before the device is even officially released is very good. Show me another device that has managed this, especially in the current economy?

I know of said deveice...
http://i.imgur.com/1QVX.png

Based on an APPLE FAN's "work" day out at Starbucks. You have a $829.00 LARGE IPHONE with a smaller IPHONE 3G(s). You have a $30 plan for IPHONE and now you need another $30 plan with IPAD to truly make it portable. Then if you need to do any real work you need to carry your MACBOOK and hope you can get a wireless connection or you are then asked to pony up another $69 for a Wireless Air Card. At one time some could tether their IPHONES to the MACBOOK but that was axed by APPLE.

So now you have $30 + $30 + $69 = $129.00 a month in services if you are truly a fan of the APPLE products and need true mobility.

Or you can use the Verizon/Sprint wireless router features and connect to it that way for some savings but that would take away the reasons for the IPAD. You have to plug into a Laptop then you have to have that powered up while you connect wirelessly. That doesn't sound like fun.

Or I could have something like the HP slate that can share its internet connection with my laptop - oh wait. I don't need a laptop it has a real OS on it so I can do my work with it as well.

I like the concept so don't get me wrong about the IPAD. They should have released it with some variant with SL OS. HP Slate is using Adobe Air apps and a slate user interface for routine tasks and Win 7 for the backend. Say what you want about Win 7 but its been praised by both sides of the fence. Hell a lot of the Mac users bought a copy of Win 7 to run.

I don't care if they sell 5 million of these things are not. I don't see the profits except in the stocks moving up. Thanks Apple for that at least

I use products for business and this is not a business product. The HP Slate is a business tool. So to each their own. We can agree to disagree.

Just would have been a nicer concept if a real OS was on it such as SL 10.6

I never thought I would say... Apple's iPad is one of the greatest inventions of the 21 Century and will go down in history as one, I say one of the fastest selling products from Apple. Although. Sales have droped by around 40% Apple did not expect the iPad to sell as well as it has done. It looks as though there is a possibility of the iPad could possibly outsell laptops, which is something I would think would never be possible. I am getting one mainly because I am in a love and hate relationship with my iPod Touch, although you need fingers like chopsticks to use the keyboard. The iPad is one product which I will be owning this year. I just hope Apple say yes to Opera because Safari is one browser I am not fond of on the iPod Touch because it crashes a lot whist browsing.

EVANK said,
It looks as though there is a possibility of the iPad could possibly outsell laptops.
What on earth are you basing that on?

Jedimark said,
What on earth are you basing that on?

Consensus numbers? Apple sells about 10 million Macs per year, 60+% are laptops. Let's say 6-7 million. Between pre-orders, in-store pickup reservations, pent-up 3G orders, and initial sales at Apple Stores and resellers, it's not hard to imagine a half million sales within a couple of hours availability -- and likely 1 million in little more than a week, maybe less. Estimates have been that Apple anticipated 5 million sales in year one. That could be ramped up higher now... A strong holiday, a significant 4.0 update, and/or second year sales will easily achieve greater numbers than laptop sales.

Edited by dp123, Mar 28 2010, 4:29pm :

dp123 said,

Consensus numbers? Apple sells about 10 million Macs per year, 60+% are laptops. Let's say 6-7 million. Between pre-orders, in-store pickup reservations, pent-up 3G orders, and initial sales at Apple Stores and resellers, it's not hard to imagine a half million sales within a couple of hours availability -- and likely 1 million in little more than a week, maybe less. Estimates have been that Apple anticipated 5 million sales in year one. That could be ramped up higher now... A strong holiday, a significant 4.0 update, and/or second year sales will easily achieve greater numbers than laptop sales.

OP never said anything about Apple Laptops though - just "Laptops".

Edited by 84Mark, Mar 29 2010, 6:02pm :

ishtar said,
ohh ya theres a lot of dumb people out there to gobble it up probably will rate up there with the pet rock.....

You have said the same about those dumb people ordering/ buying iPhones / iPODs, with sells that drowned WinMo/Zune.

Edited by ilev, Mar 28 2010, 4:20pm :

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