“Analysts expect Apple Inc. to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend — significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April,” Jennifer Robin Raj reports for Reuters. “‘We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million iPad 2s in the opening weekend,’ said Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland.”
MacDailyNews Take: If Reuters is calling iPads “tablet computers,” they should ask Gartner and IDC and similar outfits why iPads are not counted in their PC market share reports.
“Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry estimates Apple may have sold three times more iPad 2 in the first two days compared to the previous version,” Raj reports. “The profile of iPad 2 buyer is — 60 percent existing iPad owners, about 40 percent first time iPad buyers, 100 perent own at-least One Apple Product, Chowdhry wrote. People prefer AT&T’s iPad 2 over Verizon’s because AT&T has better customer service, Chowdhry added.”
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MacDailyNews Take: One thing is for sure: If Apple had sufficient iPad 2 supply they could have sold at least double what they did.
As for the AT&T iPad 2 vs. Verizon, “customer service” (or lack thereof) didn’t factor into our decision at all. As we explained over the weekend: “Our 3G iPad 2s are AT&T simply because we want to maintain our unlimited data plans. The slightly faster data speed offered by AT&T over Verizon doesn’t hurt, either. We’re willing to give up some coverage areas in spots (and gain it others) to keep our grandfathered-in unlimited data. As long as it’s not voice, we choose AT&T. Our iPhone 4s are Verizon.” Another consideration: AT&T iPads also work in far more places abroad.
Apple extends iPad 2 shipping to 3-4 weeks; International launch in jeopardy? – March 13, 2011
iPhone 5 in awkward spot after Apple can’t seem to give away Verizon iPad 2 – March 12, 2011
iPad 2 sold out at Apple, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, AT&T, Verizon retail stores – March 12, 2011
Analyst: Sales of iPad 2 could hit 1 million units in first weekend – March 11, 2011
Crowds line up for iPad 2 across the U.S.A. (with photos) – March 11, 2011