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WSJ: After strong initial demand, some lines for Apple iPad 'thin'

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While Apple stores had long lines at 9 a.m. to buy the iPad and a number of locations sold out in a matter of minutes, other stores outside of Apple's "typical tech urban strongholds" saw crowds dissipate relatively quickly.

Profiling the iPad launch on Saturday, The Wall Street Journal noted that hundreds of fans gathered around the Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City. But the excitement was reportedly short-lived at a Best Buy in North Carolina.

"Traffic was thin by about 10:30 a.m. at the Apple desk of a suburban Charlotte, N.C., outlet of Best Buy Inc., the other major retailer stocking the device," the report said. "Store manager Andrew Rochelle said three people were waiting in line when he got to the store at 7 a.m. and by opening time at 10 a.m., the store had handed out about half of its 60 right-to-buy tickets."

The Journal also said the scene was "muted" at the Apple store in Northpark Mall in Dallas, Tex.

"While some who showed up early had to wait several hours to get into the store, by 10:15 there was no one standing in line and workers were putting away the metal poles that had kept earlier crowds in order," the report said.

The newspaper suggested that crowds were "tempered" by the fact that Apple offered online preorders starting March 12, and the hardware was shipped directly to consumers for free on launch date. It also speculated that some could be waiting for the 3G-capable iPad, due to be released later this month.

Separately, AppleInsider received reports of stores selling out quickly after opening, and limited supply in certain locations. One Best Buy in San Francisco had very small quantities of iPads for Saturday's launch.

Calculations for preorders for the iPad have suggested Apple sold 120,000 on the first day alone. Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray has forecast that Apple will sell out of its initial supply on launch weekend, which he has predicted will be between 200,000 and 300,000.
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Perhaps they can get on and launch it in other markets now then. Like the UK? Yeah? Please? Thanks!
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Perhaps they can get on and launch it in other markets now then. Like the UK? Yeah? Please? Thanks!

Folks in UK are already lucky enough to get their hands on it in "late April", while the rest of us will likely remain as sad pandas for another couple of months.
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Whoa whoa, some stores sold out their 60 units! The lines must have been at least 20 feet long! Talk about huge sales...
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I'm a little surprised the wifi model has done as well as it has. I really expected people to gravitate more towards the 3G model. I'm typing from my wife's iPad now and in my opinion this device is absolutely amazing.

I saw in another thread that the iPad supposedly has only 256MB of RAM. If true, I'm amazed at it's ability to rip through the web... I've been looking for pages with lots of graphics to see how this thing will perform under stress. So far it's kicking butt.
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I didn't stand in line for one.
Please don't be insane.
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With iPads still available in some stores, it looks like the iPad is flop.
Difficult to imagine anyone other than a few Apple fanboys buying this overpriced toy.

There, I wrote Paul Thurrott's column for him.
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The newspaper suggested that crowds were "tempered" by the fact that Apple offered online preorders starting March 12, and the hardware was shipped directly to consumers for free on launch date. It also speculated that some could be waiting for the 3G-capable iPad, due to be released later this month.

Or it could be that there's really not a compelling reason to buy it at this point. I think this will change as developers begin creating killer apps. iPad is of little interest to me personally until companies create amazing music production apps that take advantage of the multitouch large screen interface. There's a lot of potential in this area and I've already heard about stuff being worked on or requested, but that's still a ways off. This is the one thing that truly interests me and will likely eventually spur me to buy one. I think most people are in the same boat, but are waiting for a different type of killer app to come along (business, medical, graphic design, etc).

As for everything else about it, I already own an iPhone so I can do most of the same as the iPad offers already. The portability of the iPhone more than makes up for the smaller screen. I own a MBP and I can't run any of the programs I regularly use on the iPad (Photoshop, Logic, Reason, Dreamweaver, MAMP, Final Cut, many others). And I'm not expecting much from the iPad's virtual keyboard. I also have no interest in eBooks. I think they're great for students lugging around a heavy backpack of books but for plain old reading - no thanks. I want to be able to read in the sunlight, to be able to leave a book unattended in a cafe and not worry about it being stolen, to be able to take it to the beach and not worry about sand or water, etc, etc.

Anyways, looking forward to trying one out. I work across the street from the flagship San Francisco Apple store, so I plan on checking it out this week.
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Good luck selling those predicted 20 million ipads by the end of the year Apple....

the hype for this thing was way way way bigger in the minds of the media than in the real world where most people see it for what it is: a $500 jumbo ipod touch. neither magical nor revolutionary. but very expensive.
post #10 of 197
First it's reported by the media that some Best Buy stores might not get any iPads, then they wonder why the lines are short? The Journal just wants to have something to write.
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Just a theory, based on nothing more than actually being there, but maybe the Apple stores were just really efficient at processing orders? I was about 70th in line and was out the door with my new toy at 15 minutes past the hour.
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Good luck selling those predicted 20 million ipads by the end of the year Apple.

Who predicted that number, besides you?
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I agree it is an over prices iPod touch and will not buy one for myself unless... The build in infra-red and then it can be a really smart version of a Philips Pronto universal remote.

However, I think this thing will is going to replace the pc/lap top in many house holds and we are going to see them everywhere. I think that we are going to see a revolution in iApps. We have ready seen the Pizza apps, but that is nothing. Coming soon, every e-commerce site will have it's own application that will connect to it's ecommerce portal, you won't buy via the website you will buy via the iApp with much more functionality..
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post #14 of 197
A larger, faster, more-powerful iPod touch with a 10" screen? How is that a bad thing?
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A larger, faster, more-powerful iPod touch with a 10" screen? How is that a bad thing?

Lol... "the ZR1 won't sell, it's just a more powerful corvette", who would want that?


FLOP!
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The hype for this thing was way way way bigger in the minds of the media than in the real world where most people see it for what it is: a $500 jumbo ipod touch. neither magical nor revolutionary. but very expensive.

It's hyped, no doubt about that. The real point here though is for a lot of people it not only does what they want it to do, it does what they want to do in an easier, infinitely more intuitive, faster way then they are accustomed to. In that sense it's the future of computing. Not for the geeks - but for everyone else. Newsflash! There are a lot more everyone else's than geeks. That is the whole point of this device. It's like a magazine sized computer that is a screen onto the world, with which they can do their "internet stuff" on.

I say have the big powerful desktop computer to geek out on anytime you feel like it, and have the iPad on the coffee table to use for everything else. Going to the café down the street? Grab the iPad. eBook, iPad. Cooking application, iPad. Planning something, iPad. Web, iPad. Casual games, iPad.
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A larger, faster, more-powerful iPod touch with a 10" screen? How is that a bad thing?

I'd critique that by saying a faster, larger and more-powerful iPod touch should come with multi-tasking (probably in 4.0 though). Also, larger capacity (will come once costs fall).

Otherwise it's just waiting for the developers to really take advantage and make some awesome apps. When are you getting yours?
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With iPads still available in some stores, it looks like the iPad is flop.
Difficult to imagine anyone other than a few Apple fanboys buying this overpriced toy.

There, I wrote Paul Thurrott's column for him.


I read your whole post, therefore I know your were just joking.
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With iPads still available in some stores, it looks like the iPad is flop.
Difficult to imagine anyone other than a few Apple fanboys buying this overpriced toy.

There, I wrote Paul Thurrott's column for him.

Yeah, maybe.

But you know what Paul will do? He'll go and buy one, just like he did with his iMac and MacBook Pro.
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Originally Posted by LouisTheXIV View Post

Good luck selling those predicted 20 million ipads by the end of the year Apple....

the hype for this thing was way way way bigger in the minds of the media than in the real world where most people see it for what it is: a $500 jumbo ipod touch. neither magical nor revolutionary. but very expensive.

The 20 million is an estimate made for the end of the third year. This year, 7 million. Next year, 14.4 million, and the year after, 20.1 million.
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Yeah, maybe.

But you know what Paul will do? He'll go and buy one, just like he did with his iMac and MacBook Pro.


He did buy one and reviewed it, with his usual bash Apple discord.

I won't post the link, why give that grump hit traffic?

Why even mention his name?

Who is Paul anyway?
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

It's hyped, no doubt about that. The real point here though is for a lot of people it not only does what they want it to do, it does what they want to do in an easier, infinitely more intuitive, faster way then they are accustomed to. In that sense it's the future of computing. Not for the geeks - but for everyone else. Newsflash! There are a lot more everyone else's than geeks. That is the whole point of this device. It's like a magazine sized computer that is a screen onto the world, with which they can do their "internet stuff" on.

I say have the big powerful desktop computer to geek out on anytime you feel like it, and have the iPad on the coffee table to use for everything else. Going to the café down the street? Grab the iPad.

There are normal geeks, and abnormal geeks. The normal geeks like many of us here, don't want to be geeks all of the time. There are times when we just want to chill out. The iPad will be great. There's lots of things to do with it that we can do without looking for the exact setting in some obscure control panel to tweak first.

Then there are the "Big Bang Theory" geeks. Those are the full time geeks. The iPad will be great. They can carry ALL their comic books around with them ALL of the time!

I shiver at the thought!
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It's hyped, no doubt about that. The real point here though is for a lot of people it not only does what they want it to do, it does what they want to do in an easier, infinitely more intuitive, faster way then they are accustomed to. In that sense it's the future of computing. Not for the geeks - but for everyone else. That is the whole point of this device.

I think it fits nicely between the cell phone and the laptop... I certainly don't see it replacing the laptop. And I doubt the astute expect it to. It's nice for its purpose. Seems people are angered by the iPad. I just can't understand why. Maybe if Google's name appeared on it, the reception would be different.

I won't be packing my notebook anymore when I go to school. I can do everything I need to do on the iPad....
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Either iPads are sold out or they are not. Are they?
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Originally Posted by LouisTheXIV View Post

Good luck selling those predicted 20 million ipads by the end of the year Apple....

the hype for this thing was way way way bigger in the minds of the media than in the real world where most people see it for what it is: a $500 jumbo ipod touch. neither magical nor revolutionary. but very expensive.

As an interface to computing power goes the iPod Touch and iPhone are awesome. Obviously not magical since Harry Potter isn't real and probably revolutionary, even if people doesn't think it deserves to be what causes a large paradigm shift.

Quite frankly, considering how good the interface features of the iPod Touch are I am surprised that anyone would doubt how useful, nice to use and life enhancing a larger version would be.
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He did buy one and reviewed it, with his usual bash Apple discord.

I won't post the link, why give that grump hit traffic?

Why even mention his name?

Who is Paul anyway?

But you know, I've red him for years. He's a bit skitzo. He loves Microsoft and Windows, as you can tell from the name of his site (blog?). But at the same time, he thinks that OS X is better, and that MS should emulate what Apple's done. He bashed the MacBook Pro, and then a couple of months later bought one. Same with the iMac. I predict he'll love the iPad too.
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Originally Posted by LouisTheXIV View Post

Good luck selling those predicted 20 million ipads by the end of the year Apple....

the hype for this thing was way way way bigger in the minds of the media than in the real world where most people see it for what it is: a $500 jumbo ipod touch. neither magical nor revolutionary. but very expensive.

Have you seen this thing? Played with it? Imagined what it will be able to do?

I just spent three hours with mine, and it is way more interesting and powerful than I had imagined. You have to hold one of these things in your hands to get an inkling of how this (and its progeny) will change the way we relate to "computing."

Revisit your comments in one year. No, come back in six months. Wait, scratch that -- see what's happening vis a vis the iPad in 90 days.
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I think it fits nicely between the cell phone and the laptop... I certainly don't see it replacing the laptop. And I doubt the astute expect it to. It's nice for its purpose. Seems people are angered by the iPad. I just can't understand why. Maybe if Google's name appeared on it, the reception would be different.

I won't be packing my notebook anymore when I go to school. I can do everything I need to do on the iPad....

There will always be people who hate most every product Apple does. Just like there will always be people who hate most every product Microsoft does.

We have to discount these people, difficult as though it may be.
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Either iPads are sold out or they are not. Are they?

In some places.
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Either iPads are sold out or they are not. Are they?

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WSJ: After strong initial demand, some lines for Apple iPad 'thin'


Yes they are (edit wrong! see next post), but actually that's a good thing Apple didn't have too much supply on hand like they could have. Apple got the attraction they wanted without the trouble and the costs of paying for city time for officers and the like. It was all over in a few hours.

I suspect Apple will have some more come again, and then another batch and another.

Also this gives time to evaluate the hardware in the public, catch any issues etc.

I think with this roll out Apple did good, I hope the lucky few who got a iPad early enjoy their device.
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Just came back from the Apple Store West 14th Street (NYC) and they are still selling them. There are no lines, I just was playing with one and an employee came up to me and asked me if I had any questions, I said no but the guy next to me wanted to buy one so he went into the back and got him a 16GB iPad. (This was about 6:45PM)
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I think it fits nicely between the cell phone and the laptop.

I disagree. I think it fits between a smartphone and a desktop.
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But you know, I've red him for years. He's a bit skitzo. He loves Microsoft and Windows, as you can tell from the name of his site (blog?). But at the same time, he thinks that OS X is better, and that MS should emulate what Apple's done. He bashed the MacBook Pro, and then a couple of months later bought one. Same with the iMac. I predict he'll love the iPad too.


Oh, deep down he's a technology buff that wants the best, he will love the iPad.

It's just history, and money, has got him locked to Microsoft's teat, so he's got to troll to please his Redmond paymasters.
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Whoa whoa, some stores sold out their 60 units! The lines must have been at least 20 feet long! Talk about huge sales...

what you fail to understand is that most of those people are now going to act as salespeople for the ipad. even if they had sold 'just' 100,000 ipads - in the wild they are going to attract more interest than any commercial every could.

let's revisit sales numbers in a year, shall we?
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A larger, faster, more-powerful iPod touch with a 10" screen? How is that a bad thing?

I've been wanting a bigger iPod touch. I got it and in the bargain got faster and more powerful.

it is a GOOD THING.

Call me Martha
post #36 of 197
Maybe I'm a little slow, but isn't this pretty much a "duh" title? When I went to get my iPhone 3GS at the Apple store at launch, the lines moved slow and it took forever to get done because they had to open the box, insert the SIM card, sync it with iTunes, verify your AT&T account, etc.

With the iPad, you just go in, pay for it, then get the hell out.
post #37 of 197
Unfortunately, my local Apple Store is at 59th and 5th in NY. Tried to get in today but the line was so long we gave up. Ordered on line but will need to wait until the 12th.
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He did buy one and reviewed it, with his usual bash Apple discord.

Who is Paul anyway?

I just found and read his "first impressions." I thought he was fair, praising the good things and criticizing the bad. I can not trust a reviewer who has nothing bad to say about something.
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Maybe I'm a little slow, but isn't this pretty much a "duh" title? When I went to get my iPhone 3GS at the Apple store at launch, the lines moved slow and it took forever to get done because they had to open the box, insert the SIM card, sync it with iTunes, verify your AT&T account, etc.

With the iPad, you just go in, pay for it, then get the hell out.

Your local Apple store is also on the upper West Side, SoHo, and West 14th st.

The 5th Ave store is the worst one for this as people think like you do. The best store right now, because it's a bit out of the way, is the one in the Meatpacking district on West 14th st.

And it doesn't take more than about 15 minutes to get to any of them from midtown.
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I disagree. I think it fits between a smartphone and a desktop.

I agree. It's for people who don't have or really need a laptop, but want to consume media, and maybe even create a bit on the go and in a more relaxed way. My Best Buy in NJ was sold out and only had a few left that hadn't been picked up. No lines when I went but that was around 4:30.
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