With the iPad 2 under attack from a wide range of tablets that either most don’t yet want or which still aren’t available until later this year, with some just getting new delays in the last week, 2011 is already the year of the iPad 2 by availability, desirability, demand and default.
Apple’s iPad 2 has gone in sale in 25 more countries, with queues reported in Sydney, Canada and the UK outside Apple Stores and some authorised resellers, but in Hong Kong you can buy one now, no waiting – at more than twice the price!
“So why is iPad so phenomenally successful? Well it turns out that there’s a simple reason for this,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told an audience at the Apple event last week in San Jose. “People love their iPads.”
The response drew some awkward laughs as it seemed almost like the punchline of a misfired joke.
The line for the iPad 2 has grown again at the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD on the corner of George and King St Thursday night, with just over 15 hours to go before the iPad 2 goes on sale at Apple’s flagship Australian store.
Those quick enough to pre-order an iPad for its launch week are undoubtedly counting their blessings with the news that delivery of pre-orders has now been pushed back to April 12, likely making consumers who’ve waited wonder if they might as well just wait for the 3G version to arrive late April instead.
I walked into today’s Apple event positive that the iPad mini with a retina display, if unveiled, would be the one iPad to rule them all. I was sure that such a device would so thoroughly upstage the 9.7-inch iPad, that there would be no shortage of folks wondering why the larger sibling even continued to exist. And actually, that proved to be prescient.