Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
iPad is very different from iPhone.
Not everybody needs an iPad. iPhone is somewhat more handy to use a daily tool.
The hype of iPad have died down in a way as some silly patriotic Chinese consumers still believe they should not buy Apple products such as iPad because of the name.
So basically although Apple have paid a sum to some crap f**k up company that had a rights to name iPad, it sort of of damage their market in China.
Of course there will still be younger buyers that will still purchase who does not give a hoot about this copyright stuff but somewhat my friend from Shanghai told me it seems weird not to see people surrounding the area although they have a system inline when they should come. It's obvious too that it came out the last among the rest of the world which made the impact less strong as well due to overseas sellers and Chinese people who travel out of China to buy in other countries as they can't wait to get their hands on one.
Apple, somehow it's good and bad ploy for Chinese market. Yes no mess up on the launching date but bad cause it takes such a long time for it to appear in China which by the time a certain percentage buyers would have bought it else where.
Oh boy you really don't have any clue about what you're talking about do you?
Did you actually talk to ANY people from China about their view on the iPad debacle? Well, I have, mostly because I am a Chinese myself. So let me tell you a thing or two about this issue. The thing is, nobody, NOBODY is standing behind Proview. In fact, everyone I know in China (and that's a lot) think Proview is a leech, and they hate the fact that Proview not only was being a bully but also was blocking APPLE from selling the new iPad in mainland China. So if you wanna wait for picket lines that boycotts iPads because of the stupid name, you'll be waiting for a looooooooong time my friend.
I know what your next question is, so why the lukewarm launch scene? Well, it's because the new iPad has been on sale in a lot of places for a long time now. Basically any person in China that wants to buy an iPad has already gotten one. And thanks to APPLE for ramping up the production, the price for the "smuggled" new iPads is actually pretty low because the supply is not constrained like before. In fact, it's actually lower than the official price of the official new iPad that is launching today (because of taxes). It's simply supply and demand, the demand was already satisfied by the iPads supplied from other means, and since Chinese people are not as "patriotic" as you assumed, we tend to buy from a source with the lowest price, as long as we get the same product. And I will com back to the "same product" statement later.
So the next question is, why the long line-up for the iPhones and not the iPad? I am afraid that you're wrong again on this one buddy. I don't know whether it is a common knowledge or not, but iPhones bought from other countries cannot be serviced in China due to some legal issues, but iPads can. I know this because my ex-boyfriend works for APPLE CHINA. Since an iPhone is more expensive than an 16G wifi iPad, which is a hot seller in China, Chinese people are more hesitant to buy iPhones from other countries because they are not the "same product" even though they are the same. But iPads, on the other hand, is the "same product". And that's why people buy iPhones officially sold in China, but they do not wait for the official launch of iPads.
I am not trying to start a fight, but your post made me feel obligated to reply, because maybe you did not notice, but your post is full of biased assumptions about Chinese people, and I have to correct this.
Oh BTW, there is the drastically more rigorous reservation system than in other countries.
Edited by graysunderland - 7/20/12 at 5:50am