Steve Jobs @ D8 says an iPad sold every 3 seconds (THE MATH)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JodyK, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    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)
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No, they were realistic. It's pretty meaningless to waste breath over that .177th of an iPad, especially during an interview.

    In all likelihood the rate of buying will taper off and level out, with exceptions for launches in various countries as they happen.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    And most of the stores aren't open 24 hours, so it's probably about double that rate.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    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!
  5. macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    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.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    eBay/Craigslist/intraweb never sleeps and the world isn't flat.
  7. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2006
    Warwickshire, UK
    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. :)
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    You're misreading the quotes.

    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.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    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?
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    He's mentally saying to myself "kaa ching" every three seconds.
  11. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    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.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    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.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    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!

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