How many iPads would have been sold in a normal economy?

Apple Sells Two Million iPads in Less Than 60 Days
[Via Apple Hot News]

Apple today announced that iPad sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. “Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

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That has to be over $1 billion in 2 months. Not to bad for something many people called just a big iPod touch. I have found that I use my iPad for times when it is just too inconvenient to lug my laptop. Like eating lunch at a cafe. I can have my laptop out and up, connected to their WiFi and be checking emails, news, or playing a quick game, all in the time it would have taken me to get my laptop out and start it up.

And my iPad can do this over multiple days without needing any charging. I use my iPhone for times when I can not access WiFi, although those are getting fewer in number

I’m finding that there are lots of times during the day when I simply do not need the heavy lifting that a laptop or desktop provides. Now if they could just add a couple of new things – printing is one, and it sounds like it may come shortly; and wireless transfer of files. Having to go through iTunes can be a pain. And it would be nice to be able to transfer files from one iPad to another.

Finally, it would be nice to have a wireless phone company in the US allow tethering of an iPhone to an iPad. That would be very nice.

2 thoughts on “How many iPads would have been sold in a normal economy?

  1. There are a number of printing apps available, but it would be nice for a system-wide solution. Though I can only think of once or twice I’ve needed or even wanted to print anything from iPad. Simply to email the file to my Mac for printing.

    As for wireless transfer, are you using the $1 GoodReader? It’s amazing! I use Dropbox so I can just drop any file on my Mac onto my Dropbox folder, go to GoodReader on iPad, and wirelessly bring in the file from my DropBox. It’s remarkable convenient and easy, and only takes a few taps. GoodReader not only supports tons of formats, but it will let you open files in other iPad programs (for instance, a Pages document can be moved to Pages).

    1. Yep. I’ve used the workarounds for printing. Like most things Apple, there is a way. But I would love an ‘iPrint’ that used my Air Express-connected printer when at home. And I love GoodReader, I’m hoping that multitasking will allow me to automatically pass a URL to GoodReader in order to download a PDF, rather than having to cut and paste. Dropbox is a must also.

      But SoundReader has one of the best little gimmicks for passing stuff wirelessly. You can send voice and text files via a dedicated webpage it creates. Open up the page in your browser and you have a choice of which files to download. Nice, easy and works almost seamlessly with what I want to do, rather than having to go in and out of several different apps.

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