As if you didn’t already know, Ebay.com is an excellent service to sell just about anything. So there’s no surprise when Ebay noted that iPad 2 sales on its website amounted to almost 12,000 in the two weeks after Apple’s new tablet launched March 11 and before international sales began March 25.
Compared to iPad 1 sales on Ebay last year, more people sold their iPad 2 within the United States this time around. 65 percent of sales were US based, up from 35 percent in 2010.
The largest number of exports went to Russia and Canada with about 500 iPad 2’s being sold to people in each country.
Overall, the most popular model sold was the 16GB WiFi version with 30 percent of total sales. The next most popular iPad 2 model sold through Ebay was on the other end of the iPad model spectrum. The 64GB WiFi + 3G model was responsible for 23 percent of sales.
Finding it hard to buy an iPad 2? Most people are. As many as 1 million iPads may have been sold already worldwide. Even 3 weeks after sales started in the US, and almost 1 week after international sales began, demand for Apple’s latest iteration of the iPad is still very high with waiting periods as much as 4 weeks if purchasing online.
Now you can stay on top of the latest updated iPad 2 stock information in real time. Apple doesn’t provide stock inventory information for their stores, but a few other retailers selling the iPad 2 do. Check out these links below and find out the closest store to you where you can buy an iPad 2 today. Be sure to call the store before you get there to make sure they haven’t sold out.
Here’s a great hack for those who want a bigger screen for their iPad 2. It can be a little pricey, but if you’re willing to spend the money you can transmit audio and video to a remote playback system such as your TV. For about $200, and a little more weight added to your tablet, you can buy the needed parts to enjoy this hack. TUAW was able to find the parts on Amazon, the HP Wireless TV Connect, the Digital AV Adapter, and a battery pack. You can choose between a VGA or HDMI extender, but obviously the HDMI will give you better quality. Check out the video below.
In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, Expansys has discovered another hack for the iPad 2 that turns it into an Xray photo device. The video is done well and almost believable.
When the iPad hit the market in 2010, it was by no means the first tablet. Apple developed a rudimentary tablet, but more like a PDA, called The Newton in 1993. Bill Gates developed Microsoft’s first tablet in 2002 and coined the term “tablet PC”. However, it was not until Steve Jobs at Apple officially released the Apple iPad with iOS that the whole idea of the tablet computer became the new method of consuming information. Apple advertised the iPad as the new way to send email, check weather, and read newspapers from around the world. However, the population is starting to realize the iPad as a tool that can be used not only as a way to consume information, but as a tool in business to work faster and smarter.
Parents are able to use the iPad to read books to their children at night, such as Dr. Seuss’s ABC. Spelling for iPad teaches children spelling, and games such as Fruit Ninja can help a child’s hand/eye coordination. Teachers can use the Bento for iPad app to keep track of lesson plans and notes about each student. They can use the app Mobile Mouse to turn the iPad into a wireless remote for the classroom. Teachers would also be able to take their work home with them more easily and not chance forgetting their lesson plans at school. Teachers can use the Keynote app to create classroom presentations to engage the children during class.
Special Education teachers have apps available to them for the iPad that help with children who require extra attention with their learning needs. Typ-O HD is an app that Dyslexic children can use that will predict the words they are trying to use. It also has a text to speech feature to help the child listen to what they wrote to make sure the correct words were used. Children with speech and sound delays can use an app called ArtikPix that engages the child with flashcards and matching activities.
The iPad is showing up more frequently in business settings, thanks to apps such as Dropbox and GoodReader to keep files handy for employees who spend the day away from their desks. There are notepad apps as well sketch apps that allow employees to jot down ideas during business meetings and conference calls. Salespersons can use the iPad as a way to pitch their company to new clients and streamline all the paperwork involved. Apps can also be used on the iPad to keep track of inventory instantly within a warehouse.
Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf raised his sales expectations for iPad 2 due to recent and overwhelming demand for the device since its US launch on March 11 and international launch on March 25. Lines are still forming at Apple stores all over the country, causing a rethink of previous sales forecasts.
Wolf raised his previous sales estimate for 2011 up to 30 million from a previous 20 million. The analyst also raised 2012 estimates to 40 million, up from 30 million as previously stated.
“Our expectation going into the March 11th launch of the iPad 2 in the U.S. was that it would be successful, but probably more subdued than the launch of the original iPad a year ago. The launch blew out our expectations.
“Our failure in forecasting iPad sales was one of imagination. Until the iPad 2, we questioned whether the device was for real or simply a fad. The iPad 2 launch disabused us of this notion.”
On the competitors, Wolf noted they may have missed the most alluring draw to the iPad, the software, not hardware. Apple has over 60,000 apps in the App Store written for iPad. Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system can only boast a few hundred apps written for its own system.
The HandStand for iPad provides a new way to hold and use your device that may come in handy for certain situations, but not all.
There may be times when having the iPad sit in your lap while you use both hands to tap away on the screen is most useful, and other times you may want the iPad to stand on a table so you can view an app or movie hands-free. But with the HandStand, you can hold the iPad safely and securely in one hand with little effort while using your other hand to manipulate the screen or perform other tasks. It’s a great accessory that adds flexibility to your iPad experience.
Though suited well for many situations, HandStand may work best for business purposes like checking inventory records on the iPad while viewing the stock on a shelf at the same time, giving a presentation where mobility is needed while referencing the iPad, or multitasking in any number of ways with one hand while having the need to use the iPad with the other.
HandStand is manufactured in Portland, Oregon from heavy-duty, durable polyurethane using American made materials. All parts are 100% recyclable. The iPad fits snug and secure into a case and your hand fits easily under a flexible strap on the back. There is a hard plastic piece which extends out from the back that your fingers can grip or rest on, but it also acts as a stand when you place the accessory down on any surface. You can enjoy a 360 degree rotation of the iPad when using HandStand simply by twisting the case.
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