On Friday we got the “Apple is selling 25K iPads an hour . . .” reports. Then on Monday we got this:
After the initial burst of excitement on Friday that saw iPad pre-orders coming in at the rate of 25,000 per hour, there was a dramatic fall-off over the weekend.
In the end, the weekend estimate for iPad pre-orders came in around 152K. But now TheStreet is quoting unidentified “industry analysts” who claim that these numbers dramatically under count iPad pre-orders:
“That number is low,” says an industry analyst who is independently monitoring the iPad sales. The analyst, who is collecting sales data for clients and asked not to be identified, says the current tally is conservative and actual iPad sales are significantly higher. The analyst declined to offer an estimate however . . . .
Another analyst who says he’s not authorized to speak publicly about the Apple iPad says we are seeing a great deal of pent-up demand for the iPad. He says the enthusiasm is so strong that he expects Apple to announce it has sold 1 million or even 2 million iPads when the device becomes available on April 3.
Enter the hall of mirrors . . . Even though there’s lots of skepticism there are also lots of high expectations for the iPad. I’ve reserved one for in-store pickup on April 3 and, since I didn’t pay already, I can let someone else have it if I decide to wait for version 2.0.
Just giving myself the option . . .
Related: Samsung to release slate PC.