People on the internets have been buzzing, silently mulling and quietly bitching on why Apple decided to forgo any ability to preorder or reserve the iPad 2, considering those processes went "relatively well" with the iPad 1 and the iPhone 4. Someone told me that it might have been due to the failed Verizon iPhone 4 launch. Apple does care a lot about face, and let's face it, after all that buildup, ultimately having empty lines at Apple and Verizon retail stores across the United States was fodder for their competitors, regardless of how well Apple's product lineup is. So, as a public show of force and continuing demand over their most competitive product for 2011-2012, Apple wants to show the world (with our blood, sweat and tears, mind you) how coveted the iPad 2 is, even when the iPad 1 remains king in the tablet market. Those long lines, the floodgates at the stores, the pent up demand for the next big thing out of Cupertino. It's all for show, and we're all a part of it. People at Apple have been known to say that they don't care heavily about the stock price and what their competitors are up to. They say they're just focused on building a great product and make people happy and whatnot. But you can't tell me that crazy launch days like this doesn't fuel their ego or isn't meant to strike deep into the hearts of other manufacturers and their competing products. What do you think?