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March 21, 2012 - Dave Hecei
Sales of the new Apple iPad have been brisk. For the most part, if you want one today you'll have to do some hunting. Ordering online from Apple, the delay has dropped from 2-3 weeks to 1-2 weeks. A search for in-store stock is hit and miss at best.

On Monday, most Apple and tech sites report Apple selling 3 million iPads over the last three days. You would think this is an amazing sales figure, and for most it really is, but for Apple it is only good. Last fall, Apple sold about 4 million iPhone 4s units over its first three days. This might of been helped by the fact that the iPhone 4s was a bit late hitting store shelves so the demand had been growing steadily. Traditionally, new iPhones had been released in June/July not October as happened last year.

So far reactions to the new iPad have been extremely favorable. The screen is by far the major selling point of the new iPad. Add to this faster graphics, much improved camera, and 4G cellular data and you have an enticing package. For owners of the iPad 2, the new iPad is moderately better. For those with an original iPad (or no iPad at all), the new iPad is evolutionary.

The only negative to report so far is heat. Many users are reporting the new iPad running hotter than previous models. Consumer Reports recently posted an article stating their iPad hit 113 degrees running a processor and graphics intensive game. When plugged in, it reached 116 degrees. While this is a bit more than just warm, it is not excessive. I'm sure that iPad tempuratures are going to be closely monitored over the next few weeks. That's all we need, Thermal-Gate.


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