iPad Sales Facts: Still Sold-Out in the US, Have Outsold Macs

iPad sales in the US prove that the reasons to buy the slate have completely eclipsed the reasons not to.

Me playing with Yuga's iPad

Here are a few iPad US sales facts as of May 2010 (to be updated regularly)

1. iPad 3G remains completely sold out in the US

Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray disclosed that his team contacted sales representatives of 50 Apple retail stores and found that 74 percent of them were sold out of all models of the iPad; with the 3G version complete sold out and the Wi-Fi model available in just 26 percent of stores. It's been consistently like this since iPad 3G was launched in the US last April 30.

To deal with the limited supply, Apple's stores have begun offering customers the opportunity to be placed on a "Notify Me" waiting list, which will have the store hold an iPad when it arrives for 24 hours. One Apple store representative told Munster that customers who enlist in the in-store reservation system typically wait 4 to 7 days to receive an iPad. That's better than the 7 to 10 day wait found via Apple's online store. [via AppleInsider]

2. iPads have outsold Macs

According to Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets, iPad US sales have outpaced those of the Mac and are about to approximate those of the iPhone 3GS. Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week in the territory.

"Checks indicate that US iPad sales remain strong post-launch, driven by rising consumer visibility to iPad’s user experience, sustained PR/word-of-mouth marketing, 3G iPad launch, and broadening iPad apps/content," Abramsky wrote in a note to clients this morning. "We believe Apple is now selling >200k iPads/week, greater than US Macs (est. 110k Macs/week) and just below US iPhone 3GS first quart (246k/week)."

Evidently, there’s quite a bit of pent-up demand for the device. Retail checks in mid-May showing widespread iPad stockouts at Apple (AAPL) stores and Best Buy (BBY). The 3G iPad is sold out at many Apple stores, and about 25 percent of them now have only Wi-Fi iPads available. Waiting lists are not uncommon. [via AllThingsD]

3. 91% of iPad Owners are Satisfied with the device

Two surveys from ChangeWave reveal that demand for the iPad has consistently grown since the device's launch in early April, while 91 percent of those who own it are satisfied with the purchase.

More than 90 percent of consumers love their iPad. The surveys by ChangeWave found demand for the tablet device is increasing after the product’s introduction and that iPad owners are three-times as likely to read newspapers and magazines compared to owners of other e-readers.

[...] A survey of 153 iPad owners found 74 percent were “very satisfied” with the device while another 17 percent were “somewhat satisfied.” Only 2 percent of the survey group were unsatisfied with the Apple tablet. [via CultOfMac]

4. First Day iPad Sales Beat that of 1st Generation iPhone

Apple disclosed that it sold more iPads during the slate's launch than it sold first-gen iPhones over a two-day release period in 2007.

The 300,000 number that Apple touted included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads, sales at Apple's retail stores and shipments to its partners, the company said. The only other retail outlet selling iPads on Saturday was Best Buy.

In 2007, Apple reported selling 270,000 iPhones during the new smartphone's first two days of availability. Apple did not accept pre-orders for the iPhone before its June 29, 2007 launch. Instead, thousands lined up outside the company's retail stores, some waiting for days, to get their hands on the smartphone.

"The iPad did pretty much what I expected," said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, as he compared the 300,000 iPads sold on Saturday to the iPhone launch three years ago. [via ComputerWorld]

Update on iPad Release in the Philippines:

iPad could see a July 2010 official release in the Philippines. Click on the iPad link for more info.

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