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Old 03-18-2010, 04:41 PM   #181
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So, has anyone ordered their iPad yet? It seems to be selling briskly (about 400,000 pre-ordered or reserved already), even though no one has actually seen one in person!
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I'm ready to! But I usually wait for the first furious flurry of Apple orders to die down before ordering a new gadget. Plus, we have to decide which model we really want.

I sure would have liked to have one with me a couple of weeks ago when we travelled out-of-town for a medical procedure. We didn't want to take our laptops, but took along my iPod so we would at least have something.

The hospital had free wifi in every room! Both DH and I just about went blind at all the squinting at that tiny screen for web-surfing. I often wished it were an iPad!

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Old 03-18-2010, 05:43 PM   #183
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Where did you hear 400k?

I think this is a product that a lot of people would want to see and try in person before buying.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:55 PM   #184
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Where did you hear 400k?

I think this is a product that a lot of people would want to see and try in person before buying.
iPad pre-orders: 10,000 per day - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Brainstorm Tech

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If true, the total number of iPads reserved or pre-ordered in the first week may be close to 400,000.
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I think if they reach a significant number, Apple would release a statement to help generate more hype.

They're said to be trying to cut some more content deals.
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I think if you wait a month or so after they come out, there'll be a new release with more memory and a cheaper price

Isn't that what happened with the iphone?
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They reduced the price going into the Holidays from $600 to $400, or about 5-6 months after first shipping.

Then the next model introduced a year later was $199.

They've indicated they'd adjust prices to boost sales if necessary but it's unlikely they will change the configurations until next year.
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Yes, I have ordered the 3G model. Wasn't available at first, not sure when it became available but it is now on the online store
As for the price break, yes there will be one and/or improvements to the iPad. Although I doubt it will only be a few months, more likely 9-12 months.
Unlike with the iPhone, I am buying the small sized one simply because I know I will want to upgrade
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I think this is a product that a lot of people would want to see and try in person before buying.
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400K is an astounding number.

It's niche seems small to me. However, if those 400K numbers are true I might have to change my tune.

I believe the iPad is going to be a great product, but I fear that sales might disappoint the market --- just because there has been so much hype. Even the wildly successful iPod took a while to catch on and start selling in huge numbers. Mr. Market might just have a snit if the iPad doesn't sell a zillion the first weekend.
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They haven't said it in so many words but they've hinted in a meeting with Wall Street analysts that they would do whatever it takes if sales fall short of their expectations.

Remember that the original iPhone debuted at $500 and $600 in June/July 2007.

But right before the Xmas shopping season, they dropped it to $400 for the 8 GB SKU. That alienated some early buyers who had paid up to $600 a few months before so Apple had to issue $100 gift certificates to those early buyers.

So who knows, by fall/winter, they may take an aggressive pricing action, especially if consumer spending doesn't pick up.
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I can barely wait to get my hands on an iPad!

The reviews have been terrific - especially of the user interface. I think the huge technological breakthrough is going to be that this is a mouse less device (and successfully so). IMO this is going to be a incredibly popular device - especially among the not-so-techie crowd.

I'm waiting because the 3G versions aren't shipping until late April anyhow.

But now that I've had a while to think about it, I've doubled my potential uses for it, and I really want one! I would mainly use my laptop for working on photo/writing/video projects and dealing with finances. Everything else - web browsing, email, doc reading - will be done with the iPad.

If Apple had < 1 week availability, I would order one today!

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I think if they reach a significant number, Apple would release a statement to help generate more hype.

They're said to be trying to cut some more content deals.
Apple never release any statements about their products. They are the most secretive company out there. By saying nothing, they get a lot of free marketing based on hype.
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AppleInsider | Apple predicted to sell all 200K-300K iPads built for launch weekend

Apple Insider says they have sold everything they had built.

We are getting one, to me I will be travelling with this in future, I won't be bothering getting a laptop. To me the big market for this product is going to be gamers.
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But now that I've had a while to think about it, I've doubled my potential uses for it, and I really want one! I would mainly use my laptop for working on photo/writing/video projects and dealing with finances. Everything else - web browsing, email, doc reading - will be done with the iPad.
I haven't used them yet but there are a lot of apps. from banks and other financial institutions which should let you do electronic banking through the iPod/iPad.

Hopefully these use the same SSL security as secure web pages used by the banks sites.

Numbers spreadsheet app. will be available for the iPod too.
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We are getting one, to me I will be travelling with this in future, I won't be bothering getting a laptop.
This was my first motivation. I had to take some out-of-town medical trips over the past month and I took my iPod Touch because I didn't want to deal with the laptop. I could web-surf (tiny!!!!), but I couldn't check my email.

I really, really needed the iPad!!!!!

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I haven't used them yet but there are a lot of apps. from banks and other financial institutions which should let you do electronic banking through the iPod/iPad.

Hopefully these use the same SSL security as secure web pages used by the banks sites.

Numbers spreadsheet app. will be available for the iPod too.
I don't WANT to do financial stuff with the iPad. OK - I probably will interact with banking web sites, but no downloading of anything sensitive.

On my laptop, I have Quicken, tax spreadsheets, financial planning docs. These will stay on my laptop. Don't want this stuff on the iPad.

The iPad will be very mobile with me. I'll probably be leaving the house often with it - local errands as well as longer travel. I have to anticipate losing it or it getting stolen, and for that reason I don't want any sensitive data on it. So there will be a deliberate "wall" between the data on my laptop and the data on my iPad.

I don't plan on getting the iWorks (which includes spreadsheet) for the iPad. This is "work" that I do on the laptop.

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To me the big market for this product is going to be gamers.
"Apple gamers"... there's two words you don't often see together.
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I admit to wildly underestimating the demand for the iPad. I really thought that it was going to be a niche product.

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