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Checks with 50 Apple retail stores found that the iPad 3G remains completely sold out in the U.S. weeks after its release and 7 days ahead of the device's international launch.

Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said his team contacted representatives at 50 Apple retail stores and found that 74 percent of them were sold out of all models of the iPad, with the Wi-Fi model available in 26 percent of stores, and the 3G version sold out. It's been the same story for Apple since the iPad 3G first launched on April 30 in the U.S.

To deal with the limited supply, Apple's stores have begun offering customers the opportunity to be placed on a "Notify Me" waiting list, which will have the store hold an iPad when it arrives for 24 hours. One Apple store representative told Munster that customers who enlist in the in-store reservation system typically wait 4 to 7 days to receive an iPad. That's better than the 7 to 10 day wait found via Apple's online store.

Munster said constrained supplies suggest there could be an upside to his projection of 1.3 million units sold in the Apple quarter. But he also cautioned that Apple's inability to meet demand means that some near-term Wall Street projections are "getting ahead" of what the Cupertino, Calif., company can actually supply.

"GIven the international iPad launch on 5/28, and continued strong demand in the U.S., we expect supply constraints to last through the June quarter, reaching equilibrium in mid-to-late Sept. quarter," Munster wrote.

The first day of iPad 3G sales was enough to push the device past the 1 million milestone, with Apple reaching that many sales just 28 days after the hardware was introduced. Apple officials have admitted that they were caught off guard by the strong sales start of the new device.

Demand in the U.S. forced Apple to delay the international launch of the iPad until next Friday, May 28. The device -- both Wi-Fi-only and 3G models -- will be introduced to customers in nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. Further launches in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore will occur in July. Apple has said it will announce launch dates for nine additional countries at a later date.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

It is a great product, with over 91% user satisfaction according to a recent survey.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

I love your humor. Good one. It was a joke .. right?

Off topic ... AAPL must be the best buy out there right now people!
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I wish they'd get them in stock... been calling every day. I have the WiFi iPad and very much want to have connectivity all over. I was going to just order it online but I kept thinking it would come back into the store before long. So far, I've been wrong on that thought...
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I wish they'd get them in stock... been calling every day. I have the WiFi iPad and very much want to have connectivity all over. I was going to just order it online but I kept thinking it would come back into the store before long. So far, I've been wrong on that thought...

Well if troberts above is correct, perhaps you don't really want one you are a victim of hype! On the other hand as you already own a wifi one and want another one with 3G perhaps you should answer him directly
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Check your article: "some near-term Wall Street projects are ".
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I've been trying to find one this whole past week. I wanted one for a trip this weekend. This is like trying to get a Wii a couple of years ago.
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Great, just when I start to think about gifting my wifi iPad and getting a 3G, there's none to be found.

Now I have time to think about it, thanks for ruining my impulse buy, Apple.
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Thanks to the Euro thing, Apple stocks and Cirrus Logic Stocks are getting so low I am thinking of making a loan to buy more.

I think next Apple quarter is going to be nuts. But Ipad profits per unit are low atm compare to the iphone profits per unit. So expect huge income increase but about same profit has last quarter.

Since CRUS is making the audio parts on all ipads, that stock next quarter is going to be nothing short of amazing.
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The market prefers netbooks
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The market prefers netbooks

The problem with netbooks is too many co. sells them. Competition is fierce and no one is making good profits out of them. They may still sell a lot, but profit is too low. Just like smartphone market, Iphone are not at the top in gross sales, but they sure are at the top on the profit side.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

It is hype. It is an Apple product isn't it? It is a large ipod touch. It is revolutionary just like the mac, the apple mouse, the iphone, the newton, the appleTV, etc, etc, etc. It will change your life. You won't know how you can live without it. browse the internet with something you can hold in your hand. Amazing. Manipulate pictures with your fingers. Unbelieveable.
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I wish they'd get them in stock... been calling every day. I have the WiFi iPad and very much want to have connectivity all over. I was going to just order it online but I kept thinking it would come back into the store before long. So far, I've been wrong on that thought...

Do you have a Best Buy around you? They could have them. The do at the store here where I am. Have a lot of the Wi-Fi and just got a load of 20 3G iPads...
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Do you have a Best Buy around you? They could have them. The do at the store here where I am. Have a lot of the Wi-Fi and just got a load of 20 3G iPads...

The thing I have noticed in the case of BestBuy VS AppleStore is Applestores received a constant stream of small shipments on a daily basis while Bestbuys tend to received large shipments weekly. So if your lucky your local Bestbuy may have just received some. I recommend buying over the phone and do a pickup to make sure you have one.
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I hate to say it but I think the article is wrong about the in-store waiting time for a reservation. There are posts at numerous forums about reservations taking weeks to fill. There's a great thread over at ipadforums.net about this very topic. The stores are telling people 3-5, 5-7 days and those that do get one usually end up waiting at least 2 weeks or more. Personally, I'm on day 10 and was told at the start that it would be 3-5. I'm moving on to a netbook in a couple more days though.
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Do you have a Best Buy around you? They could have them. The do at the store here where I am. Have a lot of the Wi-Fi and just got a load of 20 3G iPads...

Where are you located? I have been into 20 best buy stores while travelling in NY, NJ and CA this week and not a single iPad to be had!
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Well if troberts above is correct, perhaps you don't really want one you are a victim of hype! On the other hand as you already own a wifi one and want another one with 3G perhaps you should answer him directly

Yup. Hype, for sure. As the owner of two 3Gs, I am a victim...... \

Not.
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The market prefers netbooks

The fact that the iPad is consistently sold out flies in the face of that claim, but let's assume for a moment it's true:

The manufacturers of netbooks are NOT happy selling them. The margins are tiny. Netbooks yield low single-digit profits while the iPad garners AAPL over 25% per unit. Who do you think is happy about that? Not Dell, not HP. So let the market keep loving netbooks. It will drive all of AAPL's competitors into the ground.
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I wish they'd get them in stock... been calling every day. I have the WiFi iPad and very much want to have connectivity all over. I was going to just order it online but I kept thinking it would come back into the store before long. So far, I've been wrong on that thought...

Of course, you could always get MiFi. Yes, it's more expensive than the 3G data plan from AT&T for the iPad, but you can connect 5 devices to it at a time so if you have more than one iPad, laptops or phones you want to have wifi access it makes sense. Plus I hate AT&T so it's nice to have a Verizon device. Not to mention the fact that you can either go the full two year contract route or pay as you go. The only thing that may be a problem for some people is the 5GB limit. Hasn't been a problem for me though because I don't use it all of the time.
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I love my iPad, though I have had it only a few days and have yet to subscribe to a 3g data plan. So far the only time I would need it is on the train and at that time I'm reading the Wall Street Journal (iPad edition) and do not need a data connection.

However, I love it even more now that I learned how to type on it! http://divelove.wordpress.com/2010/0...g-on-the-ipad/

I hope this helps people who were touch typists and were bothered by having to hunt and peck when in landscape mode...
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Where are you located? I have been into 20 best buy stores while travelling in NY, NJ and CA this week and not a single iPad to be had!

Been on 'Notify me' list for almost 2 weeks with no notification from Apple. Friend ordered on line and received his in 10 days. Looks as though U.S. supply (In Apple Stores ) will not be back till after international launch.

Every company should have Apples problem of not being able to meet demand.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

The iPad certainly has a lot of hype going for it, as well as the cool factor. I am very happy that Apple is having success with it as I am a fan of (most) Apple products and I wish them well.

But I would still maintain that a device whose killer app is surfing the web is hobbled by the fact it wont support Adobe's flash player, making a lot of websites unreadable on the device.

Most of the conversation I overhear about it refers to it laughingly as a large iPhone that can't make phone calls. Of course we laughingly refer to the iPhone the same way due to the exclusive cell providers spotty coverage in our area.

Personally I don't have one and will not get one. The simple fact that it is chained to AT&T's network makes it useless to me as a portable device.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

Just yesterday a survey of iPad owners found that 91% were satisfied with their iPad (74% were VERY satisfied), and just 2% were not satisfied (the rest had no opinion).

That kind of says the iPad is pretty good, don't you think?
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Personally I don't have one and will not get one. The simple fact that it is chained to AT&T's network makes it useless to me as a portable device.

imo this is going to changed soon
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

I made a special trip to my local Best Buy to answer that exact question. And I can attest to the fact that it truly is a fantastic product!
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imo this is going to changed soon

Nothing would please me more. But I think if it was going to happen, it would have happened with the iPad when it was announced. Instead they designed the thing with a microsim card that only AT&T uses. We'll see.
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Just yesterday a survey of iPad owners found that 91% were satisfied with their iPad (74% were VERY satisfied), and just 2% were not satisfied (the rest had no opinion).

That kind of says the iPad is pretty good, don't you think?

Obviously the respondents to the survey had their brains soaked with hype and weren't thinking straight.

I buy products because they are good. You buy them because you are easily swayed by hype.

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I have actually purchased one yet but have "played" - oops evaluated one in the Apple store. I must say I'm very impressed with the unit especially it's mechanical quality. After a bit of usage you quickly become impressed with just how well the thing operates with that little ARM processor.
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Is the iPad really that great or is it an OK product backed by a lot of hype?

So to answer your question directly it is far more than an OK product. Like all products it has shortcomings that may or may not be important to you. For example:
  1. The iPad could really use more RAM in my estimation.
  2. Likewise a USB port would come in handy. The thing here is to support web cams. I have a hardtime believing a built in web cam would lead to a positive user experience due to it never being pointed in the right direction. Thus a USB port supporting detached web cams would be fantastic.
  3. I was not overwhelmed by the speakers. Obviously the primary intent is for the user to use headphones.
  4. While the iPad is an excellent little machine it is not ideal for HD and wider ratios. I'm still of the opinion that an iPad like device with a screen optimized for movies and HDTV would be very desirable. Basically a wide screen iPad.

Now people could argue about this list for ages and add their own pet peeves but the reality is you will be impressed once you have the device in hand. I have been repeatedly and the only thing keeping me away is the coming iPhone rev.

Honestly the iPad has me thinking that maybe the 3G model is a better use of my funds than another iPhone. In many ways it is a better device for mobile web access with the one big short coming being that it doesn't fit your pocket.

In the end a products greatness depends upon how it fits your specific needs. So go check one out.


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The iPad certainly has a lot of hype going for it, as well as the cool factor. I am very happy that Apple is having success with it as I am a fan of (most) Apple products and I wish them well.

But I would still maintain that a device whose killer app is surfing the web is hobbled by the fact it wont support Adobe's flash player, making a lot of websites unreadable on the device.

Who declared surfing the web to be iPads killer app? As far as I'm concerned that app hasn't been written yet.

As to Flash, install Click to Flash and you will quickly realize that the web is a better place without Flash!
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Most of the conversation I overhear about it refers to it laughingly as a large iPhone that can't make phone calls. Of course we laughingly refer to the iPhone the same way due to the exclusive cell providers spotty coverage in our area.

Actually it is more of a large iPod Touch in functionality. Same Idea I guess. Honestly though that is exactly what makes iPad great, it doesn't even try to be another spin on a laptop.
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Personally I don't have one and will not get one. The simple fact that it is chained to AT&T's network makes it useless to me as a portable device.

this is so wrong as to be pathetic and misleading. Apple is selling the iPad unlocked, you can connect it to any GSM network you want that works on the standard frequencies. Your statement at best is trollish and at worst the ramblings of an uninformed mind. IPads unlocked nature is one of Apples best moves with the product.

As to supporting multiple radios for other 3G networks that could happen in the near future. However I think it is a stretch to believe that another provider guarrantees that everybody instantly gets better coverage. On top of all that the majority of iPads sold are WiFi only which means things like MiFi can enable the device on any network.

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  1. The iPad could really use more RAM in my estimation.
  2. Likewise a USB port would come in handy. The thing here is to support web cams. I have a hardtime believing a built in web cam would lead to a positive user experience due to it never being pointed in the right direction. Thus a USB port supporting detached web cams would be fantastic.
  3. I was not overwhelmed by the speakers. Obviously the primary intent is for the user to use headphones.
  4. While the iPad is an excellent little machine it is not ideal for HD and wider ratios. I'm still of the opinion that an iPad like device with a screen optimized for movies and HDTV would be very desirable. Basically a wide screen iPad.

What would you think about the quantity of RAM if you didn't know how much it had? Isn't this a matter of geek expectations trumping reality?

Maybe on the USB port, but the OS would need to support a wide variety of attached devices or users would become frustrated and disappointed with every USB device that didn't work, or failed to work properly. Apple made the decision to keep it simple and make everything that does work, work smoothly (such as cameras through the camera kit). At this point, it's hard to argue with that thinking, on a reality of use basis.

I'm surprised anyone comments on the speakers. What can you seriously expect from a device this thin?

The aspect ratio debate goes on and on, but what I'd suggest is actually spending some time using the iPad and determining whether Apple made the right or wrong decision on the aspect ratio based on a variety of uses. In the scheme of things, letter-boxed widescreen movies are of little consequence when you consider the iPad's other uses and what ratio makes the most sense for those.
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this is so wrong as to be pathetic and misleading. Apple is selling the iPad unlocked, you can connect it to any GSM network you want that works on the standard frequencies. Your statement at best is trollish and at worst the ramblings of an uninformed mind. IPads unlocked nature is one of Apples best moves with the product.

Dave

As long as I live I will never understand the logic of certain AI forum posters. I don't get a good signal from AT&T where I live and work. Why the heck does that make me a troll?

As far as connecting to any GSM network, I don't know what you are talking about. From everything I have read here, the only way to use an iPad without AT&T is to take a T-Mobile sim card, cut it to fit with a razor blade, and surf at Edge speeds.

My original post was a reply to troberts question whether an iPad was an OK product or really that great. To my rambling uninformed mind, spending five hundred bucks on a device to surf at edge speed only to sites that don't support flash doesn't make for an OK product in my mind.
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Had to use my netbook last night since I didn't know I could use Screen with iSSH to do some work on our server. Boy... it is awful. Every complaint I have with the iPad is easily offset compared to the total user experience of the netbook. I really do hope Apple makes some drastic (and prompt) improvements on the WiFi and file system access, and I can't imagine how they could have actually made the auto-correction worse than the iPhone...

But hey... that's just me.
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For those tired of waiting, why not order from Apple direct?

Apple shipped my 3G a week earlier than my order showed at purchase. Apple has beat the estimated ship date on everything I have ordered over the past 2 years. It beats the heck out of wasting my time at Best Buy.

Maybe I'm lucky?
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Great, just when I start to think about gifting my wifi iPad and getting a 3G, there's none to be found.

Now I have time to think about it, thanks for ruining my impulse buy, Apple.

Buy a JooJoo.
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Can't find a 3g model? Buy one online and if you happen to find one sooner than it arrives by mail, return the online ordered iPad when it arrives. Don't open it to avoid a restocking fee.
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Well if troberts above is correct, perhaps you don't really want one you are a victim of hype! On the other hand as you already own a wifi one and want another one with 3G perhaps you should answer him directly

It is pure Hype!

Apple just loves producing an unfinished, so-so product only to watch the so called tech competition wannabes spend bundles of R&D dollars and scramble to come out with their lemming version shortly thereafter and produce a tech spec sheet with an item or two better than Apple's so they can say, 'See, ours is better!'

Among the victims Steve Jobs just loves watching, Google with their Android, Palm with Android, HP, nixes the MS Slate, with their acquisition of Palm WebOS and MS will make a 180 from their previous comments and produce their version as well... Eventually! --- And all over HYPE! --- Nothing but pure Hype!!

Yep, Steve Jobs is having a good laugh right about now. --- The man is sick I tell you! --- SICK!!

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What would you think about the quantity of RAM if you didn't know how much it had? Isn't this a matter of geek expectations trumping reality?

Totally valid point since the next iPhone (supposedly) will have twice as much RAM as an iPad, it will clearly benefit from the extra RAM. And most likely, the next iPad will match the next iPhone in specs.

Gizmodo's iPhone leak killed an iPad sale to me, for at least a year. Although I might get an iPhone instead.
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But I would still maintain that a device whose killer app is surfing the web is hobbled by the fact it wont support Adobe's flash player, making a lot of websites unreadable on the device.

Perhaps I'm alone on this, but until Adobe can actually put Flash to majority of the ARM-based devices being sold and can do so without a negative result to the UX then the entire "Apple won't support Flash" argument is null and void.

I'd argue that it's because of Apple taking a stance against Flash Lite's anemic capabilities and Adobe's complacency with Flash for Macs and mobiles for so many years that we even have a Beta of Flash 10.1 for one Beta version of one mobile OS that is still not publicly available. Apple has forced Adobe to "fix" Flash, not delay it.
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The thing I have noticed in the case of BestBuy VS AppleStore is Applestores received a constant stream of small shipments on a daily basis while Bestbuys tend to received large shipments weekly. So if your lucky your local Bestbuy may have just received some. I recommend buying over the phone and do a pickup to make sure you have one.

I think that's probably right.

I've been stuck with using Best Buy though, since I've got a bunch of Best Buy vouchers at the moment. I actually went to my local store this lunchtime, since the website suggested they had some, and when I got there they had sold out, but they have started doing a waiting list.

Now, if I had my druthers, I would just order on-line from Apple - seems like the surest way to get one, but if you don't want to buy from Apple, I'd see if your local Best Buy is doing a waiting list. I'd say I'm probably 7th on the list, and the chap told me the wait would be no more than a week.
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