With Christmas walking up the sidewalk and getting itself ready to demand to be let in– much like rarely-seen extended family– what better time than now to mention some apps that can help make the Christmas spirit bright in an iPhone kind of way?
In 28 days, Apple sold one million iPads... 30 days later they repeated that feat. Obviously the International release was contributed to the second million, but the iPad had only been available in the additional nine countries for two days when Apple reached this new milestone. Apple states nine more countries will get the iPad in July, while shortages are already being reported across the board.
In nine countries around the world, the iPad made its official debut, and unlike the relatively short lines here in the US, most reports are showing long lines as people hope to get their hands on Apple's magical tablet. In some cases, Apple opened their doors an hour early to help control the situation. That could have simply been a result of Apple running out of Smart Water to handout.
Apple announced today that they have sold over one million iPads as of Friday, only 28 days after its release. It took 74 days to accomplish this same feat with the iPhone. According to one analyst, Apple sold 300,000 3G models of the iPad over the weekend, selling out at almost every store. And if these estimates hold up to be true, Apple should sell over four million iPads in 2010.
I just arrived at the Apple Store in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to check out all the iPad festivities. There are roughly 30 people in line right now, but it's steadily growing. A decent turnout, but nothing like any of the iPhone releases I've been to here.
The Apple sales people have come out a couple times offering waters and umbrellas to everyone in line. One also informed everyone that they are only accepting credit or debit cards for payment.
We probably don't need to remind everyone, but today is the release date for the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model here in the US. Pre-orders for the 3G model were reported to be lower than the pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only model, but that may not be a good indication of demand at the physical stores. I'll be headed down to my local Apple Store to see what kind of crowd shows up, and while I'm there, try to snag a pair of iPad 3Gs. I'll be posting updates live from the Apple Store later today.
What do you think? Will it be crazy at the Apple Stores? Let us know in the comments if you are headed out to your nearest Apple Store today.
Bad news today for our international readers looking to get their hands on an iPad. Apple has posted that pre-orders for the iPad have been delayed until May. According to the iPad site for Canada, the UK, and other countries outside the US, pre-ordering will begin on May 10 with shipping set for "Late May." There's still no word on actual pricing other than the vague, "Unbelievable price."
Thanks to James for the tip.
Apple's iPad UK launch date remains a secret despite the company waiting to do their toe-tappin' song and dance number about iPhone OS 4.0 tomorrow in San Francisco. Per Bitter Wallet, sources have pointed to an exact date as to when the tablet will go on sale overseas.
Two sources have come forward to state that the iPad UK launch will take place on Saturday 24 April. One insider is someone who
"claims to be an Apple employee," while the other says Apple’s store staff are not allowed to take holiday on the 24th, suggesting some sort of red letter day is scheduled.
The numbers have come in and Apple announced on Monday morning that the company sold over 300,000 iPad units on its launch day of April 3rd. The sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads as well as direct sales at Apple Retail Stores and shipments to channel partners. Apple also announced that over one million apps from Apple's App Store and 250,000 ebooks from the iBookstore were downloaded.
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