The iPad has only been out for a mere few weeks now, and yet recent surveys are reporting that even in this brief period of time it has already reached an extremely high satisfaction rate with consumers, and its future demand is now soaring into the stratosphere!
In fact, according to these recent survey's, conducted by Change Wave, the iPad has now an incredible satisfaction rate of some 91%, while its demand is now even greater then before its pre-launch, which was at the time some pretty-dang-bloody fantastic to begin with.
Of course, this isn't very good news for someone like Amazon with its Kindle, or other e-book companies like Sony, or whom ever, but if your a consumer then it is not only good news for now, but it is about to get better, a whole lot better in the not too distant future. How long it will be before Apple releases the next model of the iPad, that I really don't know, but what I do know is that Apple has a solid history of quickly updating and improving its products and I suspect that is going to be the same case here.
In fact, the iPad is now so popular that reports are also saying that, at least in the U.S., it is actually outselling the entire Mac line of computers! I don't know about you, but that's pretty dang impressive when you consider that Apple sells more than 110,000 Macs each and every week in the U.S. alone! However, even though that sounds quite impressive to me, the iPad itself is now selling over 200,000 per week in the U.S. - that's almost doubled that of the Mac! The only product, in fact, that is out selling the iPad is the iPhone which currently has weekly U.S. sales of around some 246,000 per week!
As impressive as these numbers might be, I believe that when the iPad finally launches over seas its sales are going to sky-rocket through the roof. RBC Capital Markets's, Mike Abramsky, for instance, believes that Apple will sell not only some 8 million iPads this year, but he also believes that Apple has already pre-sold some 600,000 iPads in the countries where the iPad will soon be available, namely: Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan and, of course, including my favorite land of great beauty - Germany.
Yes, like any first product, the iPad certainly contains some flaws, but don't worry, because I will bet you a million, zillion crawdads (whatever in hell those are) that the next iPad is not only going to correct most, if not all of them, except of course maybe the one about adding Flash support. Yes, the second and third versions of the iPad, I believe, are going to introduce a lot more functionality and features that, in the process, is going to make the current iPad look rather tame and somewhat primitive by comparison. These could, or at least should, include:
- a faster and more powerful version of Apple's blisteringly fast A4 chip, possibly called the A5 - who knows?
- the current iPad's screen is certainly great, but the next version some believe may also be offering up the option for an AMOLED screen! Ohhh...... la-lah, now that would be sweet, yes, as sweet as two peas in a pod, though of course it would also probably be expensive as hell!
- an iMac like dock, and one that would allow you to just slip it in, and out, just like you do with a CD disk, thus converting your mobile iPad into a real, live desktop computer, and complete with at least a 21.5 inch multi-touch screen! Yeah baby! And, hopefully, as well, it would also allow you to take full advantage of even faster and beefier memory and graphics from within the dock.
- greater connectivity, or the ability to connect to peripherals such as printers and other USB devices such as hard drives, cameras, monitors, etc., etc.
- more memory and storage options.
- greater OS software enhancements and features.
So, as great as the iPad currently is, in conclusion, all I'm going to say is, " you ain't seen nothing yet baby", because the next, or second iPad is going to blow the first one out of the water! Ok, maybe not completely out of the water, but it will be bigger, faster, meaner and a much leaner machine. Android and WebOS based tablets, not to mention Window 7 based ones, should start appearing in the later half of this year so Apple can't afford to just sit back and take it easy, and believe me, they won't, you just watch and see.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, May 21, 2010