Poor planning by Apple IMO
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I think most people underestimated the success of the iPad. Between the announcement in January and the actual launch most of the tech media were predicting the iPad would have limited appeal because they thought it an iPod on steroids.
Apple will catch up with the demand eventually---I don't blame them for not mass producing inventory at the outset.
06-04-2010 04:36 AM
I do see what you're saying, but I wasn't sure I was going to buy an iPad. Actually, I had reservations about it completely until I put my hands on one. For some things, I don't need to see before I buy. Something brand new like this, and not really being a huge Apple fan, are a must to put my hands on. I bought mine the first couple days it was out once I tried it out in Best Buy.
Saw your little rant in a feed. Respectfully, could it be poor planing on your part?
I got the iPad cover a month before I got the iPad. The camera kit came a week after I picked up the iPad. Both directly from Apple.
People who ordered late in the game are going to have problems for some time since Apple is selling an iPad every three seconds.
Try to pick up a case or other part for any of those iPad imitators flooding the market. Next year maybe if at all?
That is the issue with new electronics. Apple can estimate that X number of people are likely to buy a new type of product based on stats and research. It is the undecided that screw the estimates. How a product is received can mean a whole lot in the scene of marketing. Since I was going to need the 3G model, I was safe in ordering it as soon as it was available. If it was a bust, I could always cancel, but I know Apple and had little doubt that it would be what I needed.
Last edited by Seadog; 06-04-2010 at 10:23 AM.
I'm (was) in the same boat. Both when the iPhone released and when the iPad released (and/or was announced) I wasn't in the market to buy one. No budget for it, didn't think it had functionality I needed/wanted, was satisfied with the functionality I already had, etc. etc.
For the original iPhone I was just strolling in the mall and dropped by the Apple store didn't even know that it was launch weekend they had a short line and I saw there were plenty talked briefly with the wife and I walked out with one.
I waited a week or two for the iPad because I wanted to see the responsiveness of the UI and when I saw a co-worker's and had my hands on it my questions about its operability was answered so I hunted one down.
I'm sure there's a lot more consumers that are like me. There's 3 Apple stores within my vicinity and right now every one is reservation only. My family has 2 and since buying it more of my relatives outside my immediate family are starting to warm up to it; in fact I'm trying to hunt one down for my in-laws overseas.
So yeah, demand is hard to gauge, even more so that for techies like me I saw some scrutiny and doubt about the iPad prior to launch. Once people saw what it can do for them the demand just skyrocketed.
I agree with the OP. Apple seriously underestimated how well this "magical" thing would sell. Didn't they drink their own cool-aid?
I thought about this topic while I was waiting on mine to ship from Apple. I know they had big hopes, but I don't think anyone expected the iPad to sell like it did. I personally wasn't crazy excited, even though I'm a pretty big gadget geek. I just happened to need to decide what my birthday present was going to be. Every year I buy myself something big, and my parents throw me some money towards whatever it is.
With no retailers in my city carrying them, I ordered one without seeing it. Mostly because I wanted an ereader, and the kindle was almost the same price as the wifi 16 GB version. Within a few hours of unpacking it, I knew it was one of the best presents I ever bought myself.
I would guess that many people weren't planning to buy an iPad, but upon seeing what an amazing device, they realized this is what they needed their whole lives and just didn't know it, and it's paying off big for Apple.
When the wifi model first showed up in the stores, the talk was that it would be long lines like the iPhone intros. I was surprised to see the OKC store was not jammed and still had a few, but after getting my hands on one, had no doubts that I wanted one.
I think there was a perception about the iPad that has undergone a radical shift as people recognize it's uses. Likely Apple will have 1-2 years with no competition. After that, it is anyone's guess.
While that's true, the app store is gonna generate a significant level of brand inertia. It's not just that the platform is amazing (it is, really!) but that whatever you may want to use it for has probably already been put in place specifically to meet your needs.
Originally Posted by Seadog
Coming up with another 'wow' device won't be as difficult as matching the utility the software base is providing. As long as any future iPad platform releases maintain a significant degree of backward compatibility, and Apple would be crazy not to IMHO, any new device is gonna have a huge hill to climb trying to gain wide acceptance.
Very true. The main reason I decided I wanted one (a week before release, so a little later than most) was for business purposes, but am using it kore and more for personal use. My laptop hardly gets turned on anymore.
Originally Posted by Seadog
But before the release, just about everyone I know kept saying "it's just a big iPod touch", "it's not worth it", etc....however most have changed their minds and want one for themselves now. That's what's happening everywhere, and it's creating an even bigger demand as time goes on.
I'm not talking about the iPad itself, I'm talking about accessories though. And you can't tell me that it cost a lot or whatever that they couldn't have more camera kits and cases. They were sold out in the first week...surely they expected to sell at least a few hundred thousand the first week, and yet didn't have enough cases and camera kits to even cover the initial week of sales.
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