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JodyK
Jun 2, 2010, 10:25 AM
iPad launch date April 3rd, 2010

Apple announces 2 million iPads sold May 31st, 2010

2,000,000 / 59 days = 33,898.3 per day
= 1412.43 per hour
= 23.54 per minute
= .392333 per second

3 x .392333 = 1.177 every 3 seconds!

Steve Jobs figures were slightly conservative. You know with the international launch and ramping up of iPad production that this figure will surely increase! Does anyone think they can sell 1 per second (2,592,000 in a month?) I think one every 2 seconds is very doable (1,296,000 per month)

miles01110
Jun 2, 2010, 10:30 AM
Steve Jobs figures were slightly conservative.

No, they were realistic. It's pretty meaningless to waste breath over that .177th of an iPad, especially during an interview.

You know with the international launch and ramping up of iPad production that this figure will surely increase! Does anyone think they can sell 1 per second (2,592,000 in a month?) I think one every 2 seconds is very doable (1,296,000 per month)

In all likelihood the rate of buying will taper off and level out, with exceptions for launches in various countries as they happen.

sandyjmacdonald
Jun 2, 2010, 10:36 AM
iPad launch date April 3rd, 2010

Apple announces 2 million iPads sold May 31st, 2010

2,000,000 / 59 days = 33,898.3 per day
= 1412.43 per hour
= 23.54 per minute
= .392333 per second

3 x .392333 = 1.177 every 3 seconds!

Steve Jobs figures were slightly conservative. You know with the international launch and ramping up of iPad production that this figure will surely increase! Does anyone think they can sell 1 per second (2,592,000 in a month?) I think one every 2 seconds is very doable (1,296,000 per month)

And most of the stores aren't open 24 hours, so it's probably about double that rate.

JodyK
Jun 2, 2010, 10:42 AM
As CEO of a large corporation looking to take the top spot in market cap ... which they are even though Steve Jobs says that is not important but it is as it directly translates to their bottom line. He could have very well said "We are selling 1 in less than 3 seconds."

Not a huge deal I was just doing the math for anyone interested.

Take that .177 and multipe that over a year ... and its kinda a big deal.

I wished I had a product that sold at this rate with the profit margains we can only speculate that it has!

dojoman
Jun 2, 2010, 10:42 AM
And to those people that were saying iPad is just a giant iPod? it's the other way around. iPhone/iPod touch is a mini iPad.
iPhone OS was originally designed for Tablet but Steve thought it'd be awesome have this on a cell phone. Tablet idea was put on hold, and the rest is history.

ReallyBigFeet
Jun 2, 2010, 10:43 AM
And most of the stores aren't open 24 hours, so it's probably about double that rate.

eBay/Craigslist/intraweb never sleeps and the world isn't flat.

davidChief
Jun 2, 2010, 10:48 AM
The sales figures are certainly remarkable.

How many non-Apple tablets are being sold? What market share does Apple now command in the tablet space? I suspect these figures would be somewhat startling. :)

kdarling
Jun 2, 2010, 11:01 AM
iPhone OS was originally designed for Tablet but Steve thought it'd be awesome have this on a cell phone. Tablet idea was put on hold, and the rest is history.

Jobs said that a prototype touch tablet gave him the inspiration for the iPhone.

However, the iPhone OS didn't exist until work began on the iPhone.

dojoman
Jun 2, 2010, 11:12 AM

Jobs said that a prototype touch tablet gave him the inspiration for the iPhone.

However, the iPhone OS didn't exist until work began on the iPhone.

iPhone OS existed to some extend. He got the inspiration from OS running on Tablet, otherwise how could he have realized the potential as a cell phone OS?

tdream
Jun 2, 2010, 11:17 AM
He's mentally saying to myself "kaa ching" every three seconds.

gnasher729
Jun 2, 2010, 11:20 AM
In all likelihood the rate of buying will taper off and level out, with exceptions for launches in various countries as they happen.

Why would you think that? There are millions of people who don't want to be the first one to buy a thing, but need to see someone else using it first. Netbook sales have never tapered off, except for the sales they lose to the iPad. The sales rate for iPods has never gone down in many years (if you take into account the iPhone users who effectively bought an iPod but are not counted as iPod buyers).

I think iPad sales will be growing until something better arrives.

JodyK
Jun 2, 2010, 11:20 AM
iPhone OS existed to some extend. He got the inspiration from OS running on Tablet, otherwise how could he have realized the potential as a cell phone OS?

Agreed ... obviously it wasn't called "iPhone OS" but based on what Steve Jobs said you have to think that the OS existed on some type of prototype tablet and was later customized / retouched / built for the iPhone.

iFerd
Jun 2, 2010, 01:09 PM
You know, the math only works at the level of precision portrayed here if there were exactly 2 million units sold, no more, no less. So the numbers after the decimal point are probably misleading if interpreted literally.

However you calculate it, they are selling a boatload of these things!