Could iPad's debut top initial iPhone sales?

Pre-orders start next Friday, and a recent survey suggests supply could have trouble matching demand

By InvestorPlace Mar 5, 2010 12:47PM

Start lining up at your local Apple store. A new survey suggests demand will be hot when the iPad goes on sale April 3.

 

According to the research survey, a wave of dramatic demand for the Apple (AAPL) iPad is already sweeping through the marketplace. This mirrors the results of a January survey of consumer sentiment behind the iPad’s highly anticipated launch.


All this indicates that sales could be off the charts and gadget-hungry consumers may have to wait as Apple tried to keep up with orders.

 

Remember how the iPhone launch in summer of 2007 prompted lines around the block at some Apple Store locations? It could be that all over again. Just look at how the latest iPad findings compare to an April 2007 ChangeWave survey on the original Apple iPhone, taken just weeks before its release.

 

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The bad news is that the Wi-Fi version of the iPad will only available at first, but the 3G-capable iPad won’t be far behind with an expected arrival date of late April. And if you live outside the U.S., all versions of the hardware won’t be available until late April as well. But come May and June, expect a firestorm of sales based on the recent ChangeWave survey results.

 

Some recent rumors have hinted at the fact that initial iPad availability may be limited, but only surrounding the launch shipments. Internet message boards suggest that supply bottlenecks will not last long and that Apple is prepared to sate the pent-up demand.

 

It’s easy to see why consumers are gaga over this gadget. In the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs: "The iPad is something completely new. We're excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

 

We’ll see if the iPad proves as magical to Apple’s bottom line.


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