updated 09:20 pm EDT, Thu July 15, 2010
Study shows nearly as many want iPad as own it
iPad demand has barely cooled since the tablet went on sale in April, America's Research Group gauged from a new study. Even as 8.4 percent of those asked already had an iPad, 6.1 percent still planned to buy. With demand still at 70 percent of ownership, the results point to "incredible demand," ARC founder Britt Beemer said.
The tablet is already considered the most successful in terms of sale rate, as it passed three million in 80 days and will have exceeded that number by the time Apple can report its quarterly results next week. While unconfirmed, Apple's production rate may be increasing to two million per month and could give Apple one of its best new-category product starts ever. Kaufman Bros. and other analyst groups have predicted Apple could sell 10 million iPads in calendar 2010.
Windows tablet sales have been difficult to measure, but they were low enough in Europe that the iPad tripled sales immediately despite only a month of availability.