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Apple once again caused a frenzy among consumers Friday, as people across the globe lined up to buy the company's latest product, the iPad. But with demand strong, Apple continues to face supply issues.

Friday represents the first time the iPad went on sale for customers outside the U.S. It was launch day for both the iPad 3G, and the Wi-Fi-only iPad in nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

Apple was previously forced to delay the international launch due to higher-than-expected demand stateside. Sales in the U.S. topped 1 million in just 27 days, less than half of the 74 days it took the iPhone to reach that milestone.

Profiling the launch day excitement, Reuters reported Friday that hundreds of people were in lines in London, Munich, Paris and Tokyo. It noted that there remains concern that Apple may not be able to supply enough of the device.

"There's still going to be supply constraints, but I'm expecting them to sell every single thing they can ship," Andy Hargreaves, a U.S.-based analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, reportedly said.

The report noted that Foxconn has had its live-in employees working around the clock at the factory in Shenzen, China, in order to meet demand. But the facility has recently come under scrutiny for employee suicides, and Apple and other technology companies who partner with Foxconn have publicly said they are looking into the matter.

Other launch tidbits:

A handful of AppleInsider readers from Canada sent word that they were notified they will receive their iPad late. "Your iPad is currently in transit," a letter from Apple reads, "however, FedEx has informed us that due to a flight delay, your package will not deliver on May 28th as planned. We are closely tracking your order and working with FedEx to deliver it as soon as possible. FedEx will make every effort to deliver your iPad on Saturday, May 29th."

Despite speculation that the international launch of Apple's iBookstore would only include free public domain titles, that turned out not to be the case in the U.K. Many paid, commercial titles began populating the iBookstore coinciding with the international launch of the iPad.

Finally, plenty of video was captured from the international launch of the iPad. Included below are some of the best clips from around the Web.
Doors open to customers with an excited staff awaiting at the Apple store at Bondi Junction in Australia:



Guinness World Records at the iPad launch in London, U.K.:



Comedian Stephen Fry praises the iPad at the U.K. launch:



Customers line up for the iPad in Tokyo, Japan:



Customers make their way inside and head upstairs with employees at an Apple store in Frankfurt, Germany:

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Good for them, they finally get the iPad.
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Have it on good authority that online sales were 70,000 units for Australia wide delivery. That's JUST the despatched deliveries for the 28th alone. A single day of sales.

Add to that whatever the apple shops sold in Australia in a single day.
Are we doing the numbers? What about the other 8 countries?

1,000,000 sold in 1 day?
Wow.
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Wow. These foreigners must be as stupid as us Americans!
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Wow. These foreigners must be as stupid as us Americans!

lol
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Question to those that know these things ... in my memory of new Apple products (which means going back to the Apple ][ 48K) I can't remember any product being so constrained by supply. Is this due to excessive demand or insufficient production? If the problem is production shortfall is it due to caution, a deliberate strategy (I doubt this) or a specific component supply issue? If the latter any ideas what components are the issue? I have to wonder about the A4 chip.
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Question to those that know these things ... in my memory of new Apple products (which means going back to the Apple ][ 48K) I can't remember any product being so constrained by supply. Is this due to excessive demand or insufficient production? If the problem is production shortfall is it due to caution, a deliberate strategy (I doubt this) or a specific component supply issue? If the latter any ideas what components are the issue? I have to wonder about the A4 chip.

That was the other bit I forgot to mention. Sold out Australia wide in 2 hours
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That was the other bit I forgot to mention. Sold out Australia wide in 2 hours

Rubbish. Third party vendors had stock all day.

BTW the bondi store was nearly a no go. It opened today, much to the ire of the of a reseller in Bondi:

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/t...ml?autostart=1

Does anyone think this is sharp business practice?

I had a play with the Ipad at lunch but didn't feel the urge to buy. Maybe gen 2.
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I read somewhere not too long ago that there were almost 400,000 preorders + inquiries in Germany (where I live) alone. If that's true and there's enough supply, then we could easily see sales of 1 million units in Europe this weekend, if not today.
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I had a play with the Ipad at lunch but didn't feel the urge to buy. Maybe gen 2.

That's fine. We need people to line up for the next gen too!
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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

Question to those that know these things ... in my memory of new Apple products (which means going back to the Apple ][ 48K) I can't remember any product being so constrained by supply. Is this due to excessive demand or insufficient production? If the problem is production shortfall is it due to caution, a deliberate strategy (I doubt this) or a specific component supply issue? If the latter any ideas what components are the issue? I have to wonder about the A4 chip.

There have been other Apple products constrained at launch. I remember some Mac Pro models constrained due to chip delivery.

I'm only guessing, but if I had to guess, it would be the screen that's causing the delay. Flash is in tight supply, but it's not scarce enough to be causing these problems - there is still Flash out there if you'll pay the price and Apple would no doubt be willing to pay a premium to increase the number of iPads at this time.

Or maybe there are no Chinese workers left....
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"Comedian Stephen Fry praises the iPad at the U.K. launch:"



His comment about why iPad and other Apple products create so much positive vibe and love from customers is, I think, the most brilliant, by its simplicity, analogy I have ever heard on the subject yet .... to paraphrase: ... People love Apple products for the same reasons one would love a dog, not for the amount of "tricks" it can do but for the amount of joy it brings you by just doing what is is supposed to do , by it's appearance, it's fit and finish and how good it feels just to pet it and look at it. ( he says it much, much better than I)
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That's fine. We need people to line up for the next gen too!

my mac pro did ship today though!
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There have been other Apple products constrained at launch. I remember some Mac Pro models constrained due to chip delivery.

I'm only guessing, but if I had to guess, it would be the screen that's causing the delay. Flash is in tight supply, but it's not scarce enough to be causing these problems - there is still Flash out there if you'll pay the price and Apple would no doubt be willing to pay a premium to increase the number of iPads at this time.

Or maybe there are no Chinese workers left....

My feeling is that it's the unprecedented volume. Am I wrong or is it not the fastest selling Apple product ever. I think it took Apple by a bit of a surprise. Volume of a product that involves many different suppliers can't be ramped up overnight.
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my mac pro did ship today though!

I am soooo jealous. That's my "dream machine".
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1,000,000 sold in 1 day?
Wow.

We've become so used to this (in the case of Apple) that I think we no longer realize what an accomplishment it is.

While I don't have figures for more recent technology, according to Greystone Communications/Yankee Group, it took the following number of MONTHS for the following technologies to have sold 1 million units (unfortunately, I don't know whether these are U.S. or worldwide numbers), although it hardly matters when Apple seems able to accomplish it in a few days:

DVD: 21 months
XM Satellite Radio: 23 months
CD Players: 28 months
MP3 players: 28 months
Radio: 39 months
TV: 40 months
DVR: 53 months
VCR: 58 months
Online Subscription Services: 114 months
Cable TV: 144 months
Satellite TV: 144 months
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A great week for Apple. The universal demand for ipad and the fact that Apple surpassed Microsoft as the largest US electronic company is a true milestone. It marks the Third Age of computers. (The First Age included line command and keyboard; the Second Age include GUI and mouse). Apple has ushered in the era of handheld mobile computers and touch screen (iphone, itouch, and now ipad) which have catapulted the company into prominence. People have argued that these hand held devices are not computers, but looking back at the original IBM 5150, we need to consider that these "computer" had far, far less computing power and very limited OS.

Critics argue that Apple run of luck can not last, and that "open" systems will eventually prevail. Sorry to break the news, but Apple has already received patents that will carry them into the Fourth Age of Computers with microcomputers and augmented reality.

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Any other Canadians get those delivery delay notices?

I didn't get one but FedEx tracking's last entry was yesterday morning in MISSISSAUGA, ON "In Transit" with "Package available for clearance."


——

WAIT! FedEx just updated their tracking info. I think it is coming today!!!!

May 28, 2010 7:58 AM
At local FedEx facility
ST LAURENT, PQ


I am so pathetic. Too much Kool-Aide

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The report noted that Foxconn has had its live-in employees working around the clock at the factory in Shenzen, China, in order to meet demand

And some question why they are killing themselves, I said it on the other thread - it's not all about a pay raise it's about management, working conditions and the sweat shop mentality.

I like the U.K. clip - a 6'6" lady marrying a 7'0" man and interracial - that's advancement.

What's up with the German one, I couldn't understand a word they were saying as if they were speaking some foreign language, Russian or something.

Good to see some other countries getting their iPad's - congrats.
(me personally am waiting for gen-2, but will buy my mom a gen-1 - she won't care about the difference)
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By the time all the Windows, Android and who knows what come to this party, Apple will be well established in this category with a long margin.

And just like the iPhone, another great product from a very great company.

Congratulations Apple! Made in America has become the best once again.
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STILL waiting for my iPad 3G!!! Ordered over 3 weeks ago and haven't heard a peep when it'll be delivered!
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Cancelled my pre-order today after a friend walked into a PC World store and walked out with a shiny new iPad. I wouldn't care but i pre-ordered mine the minute Apple asked me to pre-order.

So no notification of delivery yet and here's me thinking that pre-ordering mean't first in line. Of course i understand their logic. Why not sell my friend one over the counter and keep me hanging on a little longer under new supply comes in. There was a time when i would have allowed that but not anymore.

Of course i now regret cancelling and have clearly cut my nose off to spite my face. But this is the juggernaut that is Apple today, although i still love em, i just don't love em enough to mess me around anymore.
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When Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's new creation in late January 2010, many bloggers boldly predicted:

"The iPad is just a big iPod Touch"

No Second Coming: Apple’s iPad Just a Big iPod Touch
Steve Fox and Edward N. Albro, PCWorld
Jan 27, 2010 2:40 pm


Nintendo’s Iwata: iPad just “a bigger iPod touch”

By Chris Davies on Friday, Jan 29th 2010 (report by SlashGear)
This was also reported by other internet site, including CVG, a gaming site since 1981
Iwata: iPad just "a bigger iPod Touch"
Friday 29-Jan-2010 11:02 AM Nintendo boss man unimpressed by Apple's new tech

And who can be more authoritative about the iPad but the former Newton boss himself, as reported here:

Apple Newton boss: iPad just a big iPod touch

Former Apple exec slams Apple's latest gadget
by Gregg Keizer (PC Advisor)
February 5, 2010

"The former Apple executive who oversaw the demise of the Apple Newton thinks the Apple iPad is too big and lacks communication capabilities.

And whatever you do, don't tell Andreas Haas that the Apple iPod is a tablet.

'The iPad is not a tablet, it's another addendum to the iPhone, the iPod touch,' said Haas, now the CEO of Axiotron. 'It's the Newton reborn.'

"

Even a number of Apps developers were unimpressed, like Marco (marco.org):
Loosely organized initial thoughts on the iPad
Jan 28 2010

who tried to predicate his impressions by saying that he was not alone in harboring this point of view:

"A lot of writers and journalists are expressing disappointment in the iPad because it didn’t live up to its insane hype. What’s most interesting to me is how unsurprising most of the launch was.

Most of us had some crazy ideas. John Gruber wanted Apple to reinvent mobile computing. I wanted Apple to reinvent portable input mechanics and novice usability. I think a lot of other people wanted Apple to reinvent the laws of physics.

In reality, none of this happened. The iPad is effectively a giant iPod Touch, which itself is effectively a data-app-only iPhone.
"

Other techies weighed in:



Apple's iPad is just like a big iPod Touch

International Business Times
27 January 2010 @ 01:36 pm ET
The funny thing was that I could not find the author's name, or so well hidden in the very short report. Maybe (s)he was too chicken; worried to become infamous, in case (s)he predicted incorrectly.



Even much later, the same POV lingers:

The iPad Is Just a Big iPod Touch Ugly-Ass Laptop
By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo)
Apr 9, 2010 02:20 PM
Not much explanation why from the author, but showed an ugly photo of the iPad with an iPadLaptop Dock demo.

There are other very well known bloggers who were so bold with their impression that the "iPad is just a big iPod Touch!"

One of them was the "Fake Steve Jobs" (Daniel Lyons), who if memory serves was caught on video, immediately after the big event. Maybe that was why Newsweek was not one of the few that were given the privilege to have an in-depth hands on experience to play with the iPad -- for the paper to be able to write a review -- just before the launch.

The sweet revenge of Steve Jobs to the "Fake Steve Jobs", apart from the snob of Newsweek, was that Newsweek had to do a full court review of the iPad, since Time, its arch rival was doing the same frontpage feature. [Time got an iPad before the 2 April debut.]

The "Fake Steve Jobs", as editor of Newsweek now had to write a very complimentary blog of the iPad, apart from the general review of the magazine.

There was a side story to ths. Daniel Lyons was then at Forbes during his "Fake Steve Jobs" diaries, but later on was hired as an editor-writer by Newsweek. Daniel Lyons accused Steve Jobs that SJ personally called Newsweek not to hire Lyons. The implication here was that SJ was getting back at Lyons for the "Fake Steve Jobs" diaries The former editor of Newsweek then went on public to state categorically that it was not the case. Caught with his own lies, Daniel Lyons has to apologize in public:

"I misspoke." or something like that. Which in turn triggered another controversy. How can you simply misspoke a blatant accusation?


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I was trying to search the video after the SF presentation where "Fake Steve Jobs" Daniel Lyons was recorded by another reporter on video that the "iPad was just a big iPod Touch". I have not found it so far. Does anyone have the link to this? I hope I did not confuse him with one of those "media pundits".

Do you have any other links, videos of famous techies, journalists spewing the "iPad was just a big iPod Touch"?

Many comments from Apple hater had it as a mantra, especially until before April 2.
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Great post! Thanks for reminding us the of myriad of pee brained, nitwit pundits, experts and other, who couldn't hold their moronic opinions to themselves.

Many of them prime candidates for Danny's Zune award.

Paul Thurrot had a few of his usual moronic comments to add to the stew (that was supposed to sizzle apple, and in which they are all now cooking in), but there are many, many others.

I thinks the funniest of all (even funnier than the vapourware that the pc flock would kill the ipad when they materialised out of thin air) are the pundits who still insist that the ipad is just a transient phenomenon, with no real sales, just a few fanbois queuing up too early making a big impression, with sales dying then after. The amount of delusion, denial and idiocy. Priceless.
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Any other Canadians get those delivery delay notices?

I didn't get one but FedEx tracking's last entry was yesterday morning in MISSISSAUGA, ON "In Transit" with "Package available for clearance."




WAIT! FedEx just updated their tracking info. I think it is coming today!!!!

May 28, 2010 7:58 AM
At local FedEx facility
ST LAURENT, PQ


I am so pathetic. Too much Kool-Aide

Mine's on the truck

May 28, 2010 9:23 AM On FedEx vehicle for delivery TORONTO, ON
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Any other Canadians get those delivery delay notices?

I didn't get one but FedEx tracking's last entry was yesterday morning in MISSISSAUGA, ON "In Transit" with "Package available for clearance."




WAIT! FedEx just updated their tracking info. I think it is coming today!!!!

May 28, 2010 7:58 AM
At local FedEx facility
ST LAURENT, PQ


I am so pathetic. Too much Kool-Aide

Apple are letting CANADIANS have iPads? .... just kidding
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I've had my iPad for a month now, and I'm still getting caught up in the excitement. I love my iPad, and it's nice that the rest of the world is now getting a chance to experience the same joy that I feel.
All of this on the same day as the Apple TV rumor. Today will be a good day (assuming that I can somehow force myself to forget about the disaster in the Gulf for a while).
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Still no IPADS available in the APPLE stores in U.S. So a supply shortage around the world is no surprise. Hopefully we will see some product available in the U.S. in a week or so.
Website still say 7-10 days, however this is only an approximate shipping time.
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Mine's on the truck

May 28, 2010 9:23 AM On FedEx vehicle for delivery TORONTO, ON

Looks like mine was one that was delayed due to flight issues. Too much cargo or something is what the FedEx rep said. Of course she was not very informative. "I have opened a file and someone will get back to you." Yeah right. Now I am on hold with Apple to see if they can have it upgraded to a Saturday delivery. Otherwise I am pretty pissed that I pre-ordered and instead could have just gone down to the store and bought it today.


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Apple are letting CANADIANS have iPads? .... just kidding

Sometimes I wonder too. Having grown up in the States, I am a bit miffed when I have trouble ordering things here. I guess they have trouble finding my igloo.

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Mine's on the truck

May 28, 2010 9:23 AM On FedEx vehicle for delivery TORONTO, ON

So is mine.

Fedex tracking is way slow. At 10:25, they updated to a status from 8:18AM. Same thing with the status regarding being on a truck: the update hit tracking after 11:30 but was from 9:57AM.

So much for up to the minute tracking.

As I posted on Facebook this morning:

The iAnticipation is getting to i.
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Went to the TNT depot in Yate, South Gloucs first thing to pick mine up today as it was delivered yesterday when I was not at home.

Even the lady in the deli I go to for breakfast wanted to see and hold it. Have to say I can't quite articulate how aesthetically pleasing it is to look at and use. Ignore what it can do it is just a visual delight (for a piece of tech kit) to have.

Personally I didn't like Stephen Fry's pet analogy (although I understood what he was trying to say) but I thought his car one was spot on. I love my car in the same way I love my iPad
post #35 of 46
Just got off the phone with FedEx. Their agreement with Apple is to get it delivered today. So they are holding trucks back to make deliveries until midnight. Mine should come after 6pm. At least I can leave the house for a few hours.

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I've had my iPad for a month now, and I'm still getting caught up in the excitement. I love my iPad, and it's nice that the rest of the world is now getting a chance to experience the same joy that I feel.
All of this on the same day as the Apple TV rumor. Today will be a good day (assuming that I can somehow force myself to forget about the disaster in the Gulf for a while).

I too love my iPad but my wife is the one that amazes me. She is technophobic . I used to have to harass her to get her to clear her Email once a week on my desktop. Now she has her own iPad and she picks it up every day without a word of encouragement from me. And she now wants me to put some of the Apps I have on mine on her iPad.
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Originally Posted by OC4Theo View Post

By the time all the Windows, Android and who knows what come to this party, Apple will be well established in this category with a long margin.

And just like the iPhone, another great product from a very great company.

Congratulations Apple! Made in America has become the best once again.

I think it's designed in Cupertino (America), made in China. I'd love it if it was made here. But -- agreed -- I think your point is that we've got the intellectual capital to pull this off, and that's something to be proud of.
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@cgc0202

Great post! Thanks for reminding us the of myriad of pee brained, nitwit pundits, experts and other, who couldn't hold their moronic opinions to themselves.

Many of them prime candidates for Danny's Zune award.

Paul Thurrot had a few of his usual moronic comments to add to the stew (that was supposed to sizzle apple, and in which they are all now cooking in), but there are many, many others.

I thinks the funniest of all (even funnier than the vapourware that the pc flock would kill the ipad when they materialised out of thin air) are the pundits who still insist that the ipad is just a transient phenomenon, with no real sales, just a few fanbois queuing up too early making a big impression, with sales dying then after. The amount of delusion, denial and idiocy. Priceless.

During the Kindle vs iPad debates, there were also the "Why iPad will fail", among those who thought that the iPad was meant simply to dethrone Kindle.

The New Yorker here, TechStud, was one of those kind, in this forum. He was always repeating it too often, in so many guizes. When he stated that he "did not know anyone who was interested to buy an iPad". There are several possibilties, either he did not know too many people, or those he knew are not worth knowing when it comes to technology, and his implied "I have a nose on these things, the iPad is doomed."

I challenged him to stand by his words, that he will stopped posting here, if the iPad will succeed. He predicated of course, to get out of a tight situation he boxed himself into.

When he thought my low ball of 1 million was too low to define success. I asked him to define success. But, was too chicken to even give an estimate.

Not sure if Apple Insider finally banned him. Or, he changed username again because his protagonists here are likely to rub the salt in his wounds.

CGC
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I order my iPad today. Expected delivery is Jun 17th.

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Wow. These foreigners must be as stupid as us Americans!



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I had a play with the Ipad at lunch but didn't feel the urge to buy. Maybe gen 2.

I've learned a trick with Apple product. Buy it and when the next generation is about to be released, usually in a year, sell it for at least 60% of the original price and buy the new one. I've been doing this for few years now.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/fanC0y4zL6M..._US&fs=1&rel=0

is the direct link to the video from Japan that is being blocked in the AI article.

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