Somebody tell me what's wrong with this picture of the iPad rollout:
-Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad from U.S. customers on March 12, 2010.
-The Wi-Fi version of the iPad went on sale in the United States on April 3, 2010.
-The Wi-Fi + 3G version was released on April 30.
-The iPad was launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom on May 28.
-Apple released the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore on 23 July 2010.
-On September 17, 2010 the iPad officially launched in China.
March 12 pre-orders, April 3 wifi, April 30th wifi+3g shipping in USA. Australia and Europe May 28. Okay, so essentially 2 months to launch outside the US. Then another 2 months later, only four small European countries, three small Asia Pacific countries. Then yet another agonising 2 months later, only China.
At this pace of the rollout the international launch of iPad seems to be slowing down!
Something is going on. Something, magical, in the background. iPad 2 has been ramping up for global launches?!!!
Can anybody make sense of what is happening?
I've been observing for a while, in 2nd half of calendar 2010 I am modelling 3 million iPads per month sold.
But Apple being so quiet on the International front (remember non-US revenue can roughly be half of all revenue) means something is brewing.