Apple launched the iPad just last month, but the company is already selling nearly twice as many of its tablet computers as it is desktops and laptops running Mac OS X, according to an industry analyst.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said that Apple is now selling more than 200,000 iPads a week, while weekly sales of its Mac OS X-based devices total around 110,000.
The iPad is also approaching sales of the iPhone 3GS. Abramsky said Apple is selling around 246,000 smartphones each week.
In a note to investors, the analyst credited the strong demand to “rising consumer visibility to iPad’s user experience, sustained PR/word-of-mouth marketing, 3G ipad launch, and broadening ipad apps/content.”
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitive touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, and the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
It is also able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the 5,000 apps created specifically for the device. In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.
All versions have Wi-Fi, plus some configurations can connect to 3G cellular-wireless data networks.
Source: RBC Capital Markets