The original iPad sold well, some 15 million units in less than a year, but with the iPad 2 now officially going on sale as of today, can it possibly be expected to outsell the original iPad?
One indicator of just how well it might sell is the fact that the iPad's availibility, just mere hours after going on sale, has already slipped by some 1 to 2 weeks, meaning that Apple has probably already sold out its initial allotment! InvesterPlace.com did a post yesterday that helps to also boost the notion of the iPad 2 outselling the first.
The post reported on a ChangeWave survey that showed that even before the iPad 2 was even announced, it indicated that some 27% of people were not only planning on buying a future tablet, but when it came to other tablets such as Motorola's Xoom, the Galaxy Tab and RIM's PlayBook, among others, Gigaom reported, " it doesn’t look like Apple has much to worry about."
No wonder, with some 82% of those surveyed indicating that they would choose the iPad over the competition, I guess that Apple really doesn't have all that much to worry about after all, at least for the moment anyway. The only thing that would worry me would be if Apple were to become so complacent that it started to take the competition for granted. Clearly, the competition isn't going to be standing still and will stop at nothing to steal Apple's thunder, as did Android, in any which way that they can.
As InvestorsPlace noted, ChangeWave's recent survey indicated that the iPad, and tablets in general, are already having a very real impact and big impact on the planned purchases of other electronic devices, and in particular laptops and e-book readers. The survey noted that 17% of people have already put off purchasing the Amazon Kindle, while another 9% have put off purchasing other e-book devices directly because of the iPad.
Laptop purchases were further put off by some 11% of the people surveyed, and followed by another 10% for netbooks.
In conclusion, now with the super-energized iPad 2 now officially on sale, the above survey is already somewhat out of date, but one thing that we can be sure, the iPad 2 will not only outsell the first, but that it has already helped to totally change the digital landscape and it is now the main driving force behind the surging post-PC era.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this rainy, and I mean rainy, Friday, March 11, 2011