Apple's Three Million New iPads Sold Show That the Future Is Here to Stay

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Apple has just announced that they have sold three million new iPads since its release last Friday. It's a staggering number. Clearly, they are unstoppable at this point. The future is here to stay, people.

It's truly impressive. It's only one million below iPhone 4S-level numbers. Except the iPad costs a lot more money and, theoretically, it doesn't have as much use as a phone.

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Two more data points for comparison: it took the original iPad 80 days to reach the three million unit mark. Eighty days. Then it took the iPad 2 28 days to reach one million units, although the iPad 2 was only initially available in the United States. The iPad 3 has been launched simultaneously in a lot of big markets: US, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, as well as Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and the US Virgin Islands.

The multiple market availability accounts for a lot of those three million, but it's still a very impressive number.

Looking at these statistics, it seems like the iPad can be the new iPod indeed. The iPad and App Store tandem is so solid at this point that they may be able to keep the hegemony of the tablet market for years, just like the iPod did, redefining the music player in tandem with the iTunes store. Google and Microsoft are going to have an extremely hard time attacking this formidable armored machine.

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Remember when the usual idiots said that tablets were never going to catch on? Well, I hate to tell you I told you so, but I told you so. Actually, no I don't hate that. I told you so: This is the future of computing, no matter how you look at it. Just like the minicomputer took the hegemony over the mainframe and the desktop took it from the minicomputer, the tablet is doing exactly the same, which is why you have Google—with Android for tablets—and Microsoft—banking Windows 8 on the tablet market—racing against the Cupertino giant.

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taylor hall

As an English teacher I have a big problem with tablets because of two things.

1. Kids suck at typing.

2. Kids suck at research.

Now, while I have no doubt that tablet's will browse as fast as chrome on my Macbook Pro (hell, maybe they do now!) and thus be acceptable for research, I can't help but hate this push to get iPad's into schools where kids are still learning how to use keyboards, write long papers and need as many FREE resources as possible to complete their assignments.

For two years now, I've tried to get the district interested in Chromebooks since kids don't save anything to the hard drives anyway AND every kid is required to use Google Docs for their writing. It's all we teach now!

No one's listening. Then, Apple announces they want iPad's in schools. All of a sudden, there's a budget for it, despite a purchase rate of 3 CB's for every one iPad. Sure, tablet's wil be cool for awhile, but at the end of the day, they're locked to Apple's demands (two years then buy a new one.), we have to buy EVERY APP ON EVERY TABLET and, worst of all, who will care when they're not the cool new device on the block?

I have no doubt in Apple's vision, but it doesn't translate EVERYWHERE. iPad ownership is still a rich man's game and schools aren't nor will ever be, rich. There's a reason Apple lost control of the private sector back in the 90's and it was it's privation, the same thing everyone's willing to overlook now for shiny new pastures. Tablet's may be the future, but can we keep the closed-source, profit-mongering out of our schools? Please?