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March 11th, 2011 at 9:16 AM EST | by inu846W

iPad 2 Shipping Dates Now Pushed Back 2-3 Weeks

Apple has pushed back its iPad 2 shipping dates to 2-3 weeks. It looks like online orders are ramping up and Apple needs some time to play catch up. There was an initial “3-5 business days” shipping notice before iPad 2 went on sale. Earlier this morning, hours after launch, the shipping notice read “5-7 business days”.

If you can’t make it to a retail store where iPad 2 is being sold later today, you can still get it delivered to your door quicker than ordering through apple.com, for now. The AT&T shipping notice on their website claims a “5-7 business days” waiting period. That may change later today as orders continue to rise and current inventory dwindles. Click here to purchase from AT&T, be aware they’re only offering the 16GB and 32GB 3G models.

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March 11th, 2011 at 7:36 AM EST | by inu846W

Analysts: iPad 2 Sales May Reach 600,000 This Weekend

An analyst from Gleacher & Co. is saying Apple may sell up to 600,000 iPad 2s by the end of this weekend. Bloomberg posted an article this morning reporting that Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall thinks sales from the iPad 2 launch could double sales from the first-generation iPad launch. Apple sold 300,000 units last year on the first day iPad was available.

Another analyst weighs in:

The iPad line is the fastest-selling technology product in history, measured by revenue, said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies Inc. In less than three months, it topped $2 billion — a milestone the iPhone took more than six quarters to reach. The second version has a head start on rivals, which are only now releasing their first models. It’s also benefiting from distribution through additional retail outlets.

“Apple has such a huge lead,” said Bajarin, who has covered the industry for more than 20 years and works as a technology consultant. He projects 500,000 units in two days. “Competitors are going to be chasing Apple for many years.”

More analysts are echoing enormous iPad 2 sales with Romand & Renshaw and Piper Jaffray & Co. joining sales expectations.




The increase in launch weekend sales this time around can be attributed to not only the iPad’s top notch technical features and sleek design, but to more retail and online stores carrying the device. Last year, only Apple sold iPad online for the first month or so. And only Apple and Best Buy sold the device on launch day.

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March 11th, 2011 at 6:51 AM EST | by inu846W

Buy iPad 2 Online and In StoresApple’s new iPad 2 tablet went on sale today, starting online at apple.com and att.com and in store at 5pm local time at select retail locations like Best Buy. iPad 2 is currently shipping within 2-3 weeks, after the first round of buyers saw a shipping time of 5-7 business days after purchase.

iPad 2 comes with some new features like a faster processor, front and rear-facing cameras, and a slimmer, lighter design, an upgrade from its first-generation version. The new device was announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently on medical leave, at a media event in San Francisco March 2.

Though it probably won’t be as difficult to buy iPad 2 today as it was on last year’s launch day for iPad 1, with long lines at stores and a sluggish online purchase experience from Apple, iPad 2 is still expected to sell very well. One analyst from Gleacher & Co. thinks there could be as much as 600,000 iPad 2 sales by the end of this weekend.

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March 10th, 2011 at 6:32 PM EST | by inu846W

AT&T Will Sell iPad 2 Online at 4am Eastern Friday, March 11AT&T will be selling iPad 2 in their online store the same time as Apple, 1am Pacific, 4am Eastern tomorrow, Friday, March 11. That makes 2 ways to buy iPad 2 online when it goes on sale. Apple.com was originally the only place online you could purchase the iPad 2, but in a press release today, AT&T announced they will join in the online sales.

You’ll also be able to purchase iPad 2 in AT&T’s retail stores, as well as Apple stores, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Verizon Wireless, beginning at 5pm local time tomorrow.

 

AT&T has two data plans:

250 MB $14.99/month
250 MB of data for $14.99 per month. For Web surfing, sending email, and social networking. If you go over, you’ll get an additional 250 MB automatically for $14.99.

2 GB $25.00/month
2 GB of data for $25 per month for downloading or streaming music/video or using high bandwidth applications. If you go over, you’ll get an additional 1 GB automatically for only $10.

We’ll let you know when you can buy the iPad 2 at other online stores as soon as that information is announced. Keep checking our “Buy iPad 2” page.

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March 10th, 2011 at 1:56 PM EST | by inu846W

iPad 'Owned' Tablet Competitors in 2010A research firm analyzing the tablet market said Thursday that Apple was to blame for 83% of all tablets sold in 2010, even though iPad sales didn’t start until April 2010. IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker” also stated the Apple iPad represented 73% of tablets shipments in the last quarter of 2010.

Apple had boasted last week during the iPad 2 announcement event that they “own” 90% of the tablet market. But the latest research says that’s not quite true. But close enough, huh? 83% for 2010 is still a commanding lead.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab managed to eek out 17 percent of tablets sold in the 4th quarter of 2010, becoming the iPad’s primary competitor during that time. With Samsung and a chorus of other competitors starting to emerge, Apple’s market share dropped from 33 percent in the 3rd quarter to 73 percent at the end of last year.


The good news for Apple is IDC expects them to keep between 70 and 80 percent of the tablet market under their control for 2011. That’s in the face of a dozen or more tablets being launched this year.

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March 10th, 2011 at 9:12 AM EST | by inu846W

Guided Video Tour: Learn More About iPad 2

You’ve read about the iPad 2 already, now feast your eyes on 14 videos detailing the new features, functions, and apps associated with Apple’s latest tablet.

Learn more about:

  • FaceTime
  • Mail
  • Safari
  • iBooks
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Find My iPad
  • iPod
  • iTunes
  • App Store
  • Maps
  • AirPlay
  • GarageBand
  • iMovie

You can view the tour videos here.

Buy iPad 2 tomorrow, Friday March 11 at 1am Pacific, 4am Eastern through apple.com or at 5pm through select retail outlets. Click here for more information.

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