Newsletter Issue #551: Can They Really Be So Dumb?

June 20th, 2010

It seems that some members of the media and the industry research business never miss finding ways to top themselves when it comes to abject stupidity. You have to wonder whether their readers actually believe such nonsense, or become attack dogs, hoping to knock a little sense into their thick skulls.

One particularly lame pronouncement came from one Sarah Rotman Epps of Forrester Research, who avers with a straight face that some 3.5 million tablet-based computers will be sold in the U.S. in all of 2010. Does anyone find something seriously flawed in this pronouncement?

You see, most of the two million sales of the iPad reported in the first two months since it went on sale come from the U.S. I suppose the skeptics would assert that these are early adopters, and once that demand is satisfied, sales will inevitably tank.

But, you see, the sales momentum has yet to stop, or even slow down for that matter. If you want to buy an iPad today here in the U.S., you might be lucky to find one at an Apple Store or perhaps a Best Buy. But I’d call that a fluke. Apple’s online store still lists delivery times as between seven and ten business days for all models. This clearly indicates that demand continues to outstrip supply, so unless Apple has suddenly stopped building near as many iPads as they were just a few weeks ago, Forrester has it all wrong.

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  2. Andrew says:

    Great article. I fine it quite funny as well how many people are so quick to bash anything Apple, with little or no regard to the facts.

    Apple is far from perfect, and their equipment isn’t anything special from a specification point-of-view, but there is a certain joy in the way they work that is far beyond what Windows, Android or whatever have to offer.

    I have a wifi iPad and am rather frustrated with the poor wifi performance. If this was a Windows product I would simply return it, but the iPad is simply so good at what it does, that I choose instead to live with subpar wifi reception in the hope that a firmware update will correct it. It works fine in my home and office, only in public hotspots do I have trouble connecting, so the hardship isn’t too severe.

    Of course I had to wait almost 2 weeks for my iPad to arrive, and the device’s wild popularity makes it very hard to find a suitable case.

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