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Business customers who preorder the iPad are also limited to two per person, suggesting Apple is facing a tight supply for the coming April 3 launch date.

Apple sales representatives confirmed Friday morning that initial orders for both businesses and consumers are limited to two per person. The company has begun accepting preorders for the hardware's debut, just over three weeks away.

In addition, AppleInsider has received word that the number of iPads shipped to each retail store location will be based solely on the number reserved for pickup at that store. In other words, fewer in-store reservations will mean a lighter stock of hardware.

People familiar with the matter said store employees have been told to encourage customers to preorder to ensure that their retail location will receive a higher number of iPads for the April 3 launch. Allegedly there will be enough stock at each store to fulfill preorders, but if a store doesn't have a large number of devices reserved, there will not be many left over for those who did not preorder.

These details suggest Apple is facing a tight supply prior to the April 3 launch of the iPad. However, it's also possible Apple could be limiting orders to create artificial demand, though there is no evidence to support this scenario.

Weeks ago, a handful of reports of manufacturing constraints suggested initial supply of the iPad could be limited. Analyst Peter misek with Canaccord Adams said checks with overseas suppliers suggested an "unspecified production problem" had led to a "manufacturing bottleneck," potentially limiting the number of devices available at launch to 300,000.

Another report, from analyst Vijay Rakesh of Think Equity, said that initial shipment could be even lower, around 200,000, due to "minor delays" in production. His checks with suppliers said any delays were only expected to be temporary, and were not related to the device's glass screen, or any issues in the manufacturing process.

A third report alleged that suppliers have had no issues in the manufacturing of the iPad, and expect Apple to ship between 600,000 and 700,000 devices at launch. That report claimed Apple would have the capacity to ship another 1 million iPads by the end of April.



Though the Wi-Fi-only iPad debuts in the U.S. on April 3, the product will not be available in other countries until later that month. In addition, the 3G-capable model will launch stateside in late April.

Analysts on Wall Street have high hopes for the iPad, which they expect to be a multi-million seller in its first year. Predictions for the device range from as low as 1 million first-year shipments to as high as 7 million.
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Uh-oh, some people are going to be "upset".
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Bummer
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post #4 of 78
So the supply is either limited or it isn't.

Wonderful and insightful news.

Perhaps they (Apple) are limiting the quantities to avoid people buying multiple iPads and then reselling for a premium price as happened with PS/3 and Wii consoles?
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Now this is like running an exclusive night club and not even letting in Lady Gaga or P Diddy.
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Now this is like running an exclusive night club and not even letting in Lady Gaga or P Diddy.

Good one!
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200,000, 600,000, 300,000, 700,000, but you're limited to two... You too businesses... Hardware delay rumors, software delays...

For Pete sake's does anyone out there know what the heck is going on? "And the truth shall set you free!"

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Even at the lowest cost of 500.00 with a few small accessories going to bring this to 600.00 with tax. In this economy large groups of consumers aren't going to give out a min of 600.00 without at least giving this device a try or waiting until some real consumer reviews come along. The lowest 3G model someone is looking at close to 700.00 before they get out the door.

But Apple has a built-in cult of followers who will buy sight unseen. It would not surprise me if they numbered upwards of a half-million, or even more.

They are in an enviable position in that regard.
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At this point its a win win for Apple. Whether the supply really is short or it is artificially short the perception will be that the iPad is in high demand. Even if it is true that there is a shortage this will be of little consequence as long as it is not an ongoing situation. It is hard to tell whether this is a 'managed' situation or not.
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Can someone please explain why this person isn't banned yet? EVERY single one of his posts is something negative about Apple. He offers nothing constructive. He is an obvious troll sitting unemployed in his parents' basement.

This is an Apple fan site. Go post on Pauly Thurrot's site if you want to slobber over Winblows junk and hangout with like minded dimwits like yourself there.



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But Apple has a built-in cult of followers who will buy sight unseen. It would not surprise me if they numbered upwards of a half-million, or even more.

They are in an enviable position in that regard.
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Well the Apple store isn't exactly crashing like some predicted. I don't believe pre orders are going to be all that high, I think people are going to want to see this device first before buying one.

Even at the lowest cost of 500.00 with a few small accessories going to bring this to 600.00 with tax. In this economy large groups of consumers aren't going to give out a min of 600.00 without at least giving this device a try or waiting until some real consumer reviews come along. The lowest 3G model someone is looking at close to 700.00 before they get out the door.

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Can someone please explain why this asshole isn't banned yet? EVERY single one of his posts is something negative about Apple. He offers nothing constructive. He is an obvious troll sitting unemployed in his parents' basement.

He dickhead this is an Apple fan site. Go post on Pauly Thurrot's site if you want to slobber over Winblows junk and hangout with like minded dimwits like yourself there.

Problem is, as obnoxious as you seem to find him, he doesn't break the forum rules and make personal attacks or resort to name calling. You are more likely to get banned for your post.

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Can someone please explain why this asshole isn't banned yet? EVERY single one of his posts is something negative about Apple. He offers nothing constructive. He is an obvious troll sitting unemployed in his parents' basement.

He dickhead this is an Apple fan site. Go post on Pauly Thurrot's site if you want to slobber over Winblows junk and hangout with like minded dimwits like yourself there.

Just add the offender to your ignore list and don't give the offender the satisfaction that he/she has p*ssed u off. If you don't know how--go to User CP at the top click, next window you have a column--Under settings and options you will see ignore list--Click, type in the offender's name and save--done--that simple and soo much relief after its done.
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post #14 of 78
companies do this sort of thing all the time. The last iphone was one per customer on release day. Bookstores have limited major titles like Harry Potter and Twilight to one or two per customer for ages.

It means nothing. It's not a sign of supply shortages or such. This isn't some holy grail device that it's really going to hurt a business that they can't order the 200 units of something they haven't even seen yet. Heck, they are probably better off being limited to two so they can see it before they go all in.

FUD plain and simple.

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Problem is, as obnoxious as you seem to find him, he doesn't break the forum rules and make personal attacks or resort to name calling. You are more likely to get banned for your post.

Have to agree here. Some people are very good at walking the line. If the individual's posts are truly disruptive, the mods will sort things out. Until then, it's all fair. It's all part of the ebb and flow of the conversation or debate.
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If the individual's posts are truly disruptive, the mods will sort things out.

Your assertion is not supported by recent history.

Please, people, PLEASE stop quoting these guys. It renders the ignore list useless - which is what they want.
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Can someone please explain why this a**hole isn't banned yet? EVERY single one of his posts is something negative about Apple. He offers nothing constructive. He is an obvious troll sitting unemployed in his parents' basement.

He d**khead this is an Apple fan site. Go post on Pauly Thurrot's site if you want to slobber over Winblows junk and hangout with like minded dimwits like yourself there.

It kills me to say this but he is right. There are Apple fans that will buy almost anything Apple as soon as it is released. Now, how apple built that loyalty and how many of these fans exist is a whole different story.

Weather he is unemployed or works at McDonalds remains to be seen but does not change a valid point. Heck, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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Originally Posted by ElmCityWeb View Post

Uh-oh, some people are going to be "upset".

Yes, certain Apple doomsayers that considered the iPad an epic fail on this forum come to mind.
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200,000, 600,000, 300,000, 700,000, but you're limited to two... You too businesses... Hardware delay rumors, software delays...

For Pete sake's does anyone out there know what the heck is going on? "And the truth shall set you free!"

I got my order confirmation and delivery date already so I'm happy
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Have to agree here. Some people are very good at walking the line. If the individual's posts are truly disruptive, the mods will sort things out. Until then, it's all fair. It's all part of the ebb and flow of the conversation or debate.

Thanks. There's a huge difference between posting inconvenient truths and violating forum rules.
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The only people this'll hurt is super-uber-mega nerds and microsoft.....
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Yes, certain Apple doomsayers that considered the iPad an epic fail on this forum come to mind.

Who has said that the 'Pad would be an epic fail?
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200,000, 600,000, 300,000, 700,000, but you're limited to two... You too businesses... Hardware delay rumors, software delays...

For Pete sake's does anyone out there know what the heck is going on? "And the truth shall set you free!"

Ditto to what you wrote.
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Thanks. There's a huge difference between posting inconvenient truths and violating forum rules.

Well, when you do post any such thing as an inconvenient truth let me know.
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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post

Well the Apple store isn't exactly crashing like some predicted. I don't believe pre orders are going to be all that high, I think people are going to want to see this device first before buying one.

Even at the lowest cost of 500.00 with a few small accessories going to bring this to 600.00 with tax. In this economy large groups of consumers aren't going to give out a min of 600.00 without at least giving this device a try or waiting until some real consumer reviews come along. The lowest 3G model someone is looking at close to 700.00 before they get out the door.

Well, I ordered one this morning —32G, a case, wireless keyboard, and 6' power adapter for $802. I'm only one customer but I don't agree with your post.
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Your assertion is not supported by recent history.

Please, people, PLEASE stop quoting these guys. It renders the ignore list useless - which is what they want.

I have to agree, been posting that something needs to be done. Helps if you use your ignore list.
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post #27 of 78
I hope there IS a limited number of units... I have a bet on with a co-worker that before 5pm EST, apple will stop taking Pre-orders....

I have ordered mine, got my delivery confirmation, so, I'm good.
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Well, when you do post any such thing as an inconvenient truth let me know.

It won't matter for a while. iGenius has been banned.
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Well, when you do post any such thing as an inconvenient truth let me know.

Hell, it would be a huge surprise if YKW ever posted even a shred of truth.
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yeap, 16gb ipad (wifi only) and tri-folding case, best $600 i spent thus far!
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ordered mine.... i wonder if fedex will come on 4-3 or the following monday....
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The best way to sell something is to have people believe there is a limited quantity and high demand.
This is one of the oldest retail tricks in the books.

Don't worry, there will be plenty of tablets to go round.
Smart thinking people will wait until next year anyways - when it's worth getting one.
Who buys Rev.1 anything? Especially from Apple? geez...
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Problem is, as obnoxious as you seem to find him, he doesn't break the forum rules and make personal attacks or resort to name calling.

Apparently he did.
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It kills me to say this but he is right. There are Apple fans that will buy almost anything Apple as soon as it is released. Now, how apple built that loyalty and how many of these fans exist is a whole different story.

There are a lot of Apple Developers (including me) who need to buy iPads so they can test their apps on the device. I suspect most of us will also buy 3G versions when they become available.

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It won't matter for a while. iGenius has been banned.

While it's sad it had to come to this -- since healthy debate is a very good thing -- this guy had to go because he added little or nothing, but constantly sucked out the oxygen from threads.

Thanks, mods. \
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There a lot of Apple Developers (including me) who need to buy iPads so they can test their apps on the device. I suspect most of us will also buy 3G versions when they become available.

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Yep, I don't need one other than for that same reason, but I'm waiting for the 3G only.

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The best way to sell something is to have people believe there is a limited quantity and high demand.
This is one of the oldest retail tricks in the books.

Don't worry, there will be plenty of tablets to go round.
Smart thinking people will wait until next year anyways - when it's worth getting one.
Who buys Rev.1 anything? Especially from Apple? geez...

1) I'd say the best way to sell something is to produce something people want at a price they deem reasonable for the product. It seems Apple has a winner on both of those fronts as tablets have been this popular before or priced so low.

2) I'm not sure how you can know there will be plenty of product. We've seen iPhone stock be in short supply, even months after launching. You can only make so many per day.

3) Why is not worth getting this year? Where will the worth be coming from?

4) Next year the new model will be Rev. 1 for it, too, with new HW that could be faulty. You take that risk with all CE, but at least with quality companies you have a method for getting them replaced or repaired under warranty.
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While it's sad it had to come to this -- since healthy debate is a very good thing -- this guy had to go because he added little or nothing, but constantly sucked out the oxygen from threads.

Thanks, mods. \

Now he IS unemployed.

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He/she has no need to be - the results will be what they will be. Then some people will be wrong and some will be right. I don't suspect the wrong people, no matter who they are, will be willing to move on. They'll just troll here to stir up more responses. I wouldn't be surprised if they work for the blog itself.

To whit: someone above made a neat point about Apple drones not posting in Windows forums. Why don't we do one of those flash mob things and go bombard a carefully chosen windows forum that talks up windows products? It would be fun and interesting.
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Apparently he did.

Seriously - is he banned?

I wrote this previously but decided to hold back. Hope the ban lasts. He was worse than teckstud imo.

It amazes me how someone can come across on an open forum as so utterly unpleasant. I mean, some people have the social grace of a pesky mosquito. Some people can single handedly make a party a wholly unpleasant place to be for everyone else purely through their tone and unpleasant demeanour. Some people suffer from a terrible mix of contrarianism and arrogance which manifests itself as an childlike compulsion to stand out, prove others wrong and generally be demeaning without adding anything of value to the discourse.

The AI forums are affected by people like that and it is a shame. The hijacking of threads by such people exposes the problem with open and democratic forums. I have chaired many professional meetings and debates and in order to keep the discussion on topic, and most importantly, democratic, the participants need to be kept in line and prevented from taking over by sheer force of personality or lack of self control.
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