Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Not Getting Into All The iPad Hype

"Responding to strong demand in the United States, for its iPad, Apple said Wednesday that it would delay the worldwide release of the tablet computer for a month.

“’Faced with this surprisingly strong U.S. demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May,’ Apple said in a statement.

“The company said in a statement that it had delivered more than 500,000 iPads during the first week that it was on the market, but that demand was ‘far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks.’”

Could it be that Apple is withholding the iPad for other reasons? Remember, people have already have problems with the Wi-Fi connectivity with them: “…user complaints centering on the iPad's inability to maintain a full, steady Wi-Fi connection.” If the Wi-Fi connectivity is a concern for Apple, maybe this delay will give them the chance to correct the problem, pre-purchase.

Personally, I don’t think the iPads are anything to get all excited about. I will admit, when I first saw the iPhone, I thought it was drool worthy. However, I didn’t get one for two reasons: I didn’t want to be locked in with only one cell phone service provider, and I don’t like buying a brand new product (electronics, car, computer, etc.) when it’s brand new on the market. I figure I can wait a bit and let the manufacturer work any bugs out of the system. There’s nothing wrong with a new product having a few bugs (the Wi-Fi on the iPad) because I don’t think you can test for EVERYTHING before it goes live.

And remember, the iPhone sold like hotcakes at first. And then Apple decided to drop the price on it by about $100. People who had already bought one were kind of S-O-L, but Apple decided to try and make it up to them by offering them a couple of free accessories within a certain timeframe.

That makes me wonder if the iPad will be sold the same way here in the United States. Currently, it’s available with Wi-Fi and with Wi-Fi and 3G. Both options are available with 16, 32 and 64 GB hard drives. The prices range from $499 to $829. I’ll make a wild prediction and say in a few months (to give them time to judge sales), a new iPad will be made available. It will still be Wi-Fi (but no 3G) with an 8 GB hard drive for $349. It will be aimed more at the low-end computer user that doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.

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