iPad sales trends suggest tablet is the real deal
Like anything that comes attached with insatiable hype, the smart consumer waits and sees.
Time weeds out the weak products (the Segway) and reaffirms the strong ones (Stephen Strasburg).
And the iPad, which arrived on Canadian store shelves last month with the reputation it could both change the PC market and cure diseases, continues to look more and more like it belongs in that second group.
After a strong first month in stores, the iPad quickly sold one million units, needing only 28 days to pull off the milestone. But while a torrid opening was to be expected for something as heralded as Apple’s tablet, the most staggering number is this:
Sales for the iPad have now reached about 3.5 million units, though the latest million tablets needed only 22 days to fly off shelves.
In other words, according to the Financial Post, the iPad’s sales are actually increasing several months after it debuted in U.S. stores in April.
Now, of course, there are a few reasons for this discrepancy in sales figures.
For starters, the iPad wasn’t released in Canada until the end of May, meaning this latest million tablets sold likely includes many Canuck buyers having their first crack at the device.
And then there is the issue of 3G. The first batch of iPads sold were only Wi-Fi enabled, meaning Apple didn’t roll out tablets equipped with 3G until about one month later. It was well documented that potential buyers might wait out the Wi-Fi models until the 3G units arrived.
But all that considered, the iPad’s accelerated numbers might simply signal that the device is worthy of its hype. After a few months in stores, a time frame that would’ve allowed everyone and their mother to at least hear the device stunk had it disappointed consumers, it seems time has only rewarded the iPad’s ingenuity.
If the touch-screen device wasn’t the real deal, we certainly wouldn’t be buying the thing faster than we did when it first came out.
And if you’re scoring at home, this is only bad news for rival companies that hoped to ride out the iPad wave and offer tablet PC alternatives when the hype died down.
Turns out that could a take while still.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Posted by: blah blah | Jun 25, 2021 1:31:05 AM
What is the diff between this and an Iphone, it is cool no doubt, but no SD drive, limited browsing capabilities...I would love to own one, but until they make it actually waaayyy better than my phone. NGTH.
Posted by: CHarlie | Jun 28, 2021 8:33:18 AM
IPAD is a nice toy but limited capabilities make me want to wait for HP to come out with their new tablet operating on a windows platform and include the basics like SD card capabilties, multitasking and more. I've owned an HP tablet for 4 years and the new ones just keep getting better and better. GO HP!! I can't wait for a new christmas toy!
Posted by: PirateKitty | Jun 28, 2021 10:10:13 AM
I'd say it's a bit early to declare the iPad the end-all-be-all of electronics here. It's been a month, I'd say that's still launch hyper driving alot of those sales. Let's talk about actual RESULTS in a year and then make a judgement.
Trending is just a fancy name for guessing.