Endless queues, whooping Apple staffers, saturation media coverage
Judging from the early videos, iPad 2 mania may be even more fevered in Australia and New Zealand than it is in the U.S.
The first customer in line at Apple's (AAPL) Sydney store, seen here at right, camped out for 53 hours to buy his second iPad 2 (he picked one up two weeks ago in Boston.)
No word yet on stockouts, but a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 25, 2011 8:11 AM ET
Online shipping delays shrank Thursday to 3 to 4 weeks from 4 to 5
Here's a surprise, given the U.S. stockouts, the disappointed customers and the queues already forming overseas in advance of the launch scheduled for Friday in 25 more countries:
The iPad 2 ship times on Apple's (AAPL) U.S. online store improved this afternoon, shrinking to 3-4 weeks from 4-5 weeks just this morning. The wait is even shorter in, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 24, 2011 3:11 PM ET
Customers began lining up in Australia two days before the scheduled launch
Alex Lee, 28, and Marius Eilertsen, 27, armed with folding chairs and blankets, took their places -- Nos. 1 and 2 -- in front of Apple's (AAPL) Sydney, Australia, retail store Wednesday at noon local time, 53 hours before the iPad 2 was scheduled to go on sale. By Thursday evening, the line of customers behind them extended down MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 24, 2011 10:30 AM ET
Unable to fill U.S. orders, it will make the device unavailable in 25 more countries on Friday
Last week, for reasons I'd rather not examine too closely, I spent the better part of an hour waiting outside an Apple retail outlet in center city Philadelphia only to be told, 50 minutes before the store was scheduled to open, that its promised overnight shipment of iPad 2s had not arrived.
It was an MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 1:41 PM ET
Apple's CEO will have to answer questions in a six-year-old iTunes monopoly suit
In Nov. 2010, plaintiffs in the long-running "Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation" class-action lawsuit asked the presiding judge for permission to depose Steve Jobs. Apple's (AAPL) lawyers promptly filed for a protective order preventing the deposition.
What happened next is a little hard to follow, since so many of the relevant court documents are either redacted or sealed. But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 7:30 AM ET
Why did one of the world's fastest growing tech companies fall twice as fast as the market?
Boy. You leave town for one day and -- if you'll forgive an expression Elmore Leonard warns writers never to use -- all hell breaks loose.
Of course, with Japan's nuclear plants burning and the Dow dropping 242 points and change, you would expect Apple (AAPL) to take a hit. So some of its $15.42 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 17, 2011 7:18 AM ET
Says he's addicted to "the damn thing." Reads top 10 reasons to buy one.
Update: CBS posted a non-iOS friendly version of the video to YouTube. Oh, the irony. iOS users and those who just prefer HTML5 can check out the Late Show website, where CBS posted an iOS friendly video. H/t Sac to Joe.
Apple (AAPL) scored another free media coup on Tuesday night's episode of Late Show with David Letterman. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2011 7:26 AM ET
Apple can only do so much for the beleaguered country
Although Apple claims that it's on track to deliver iPad 2s to the other 25 countries that were scheduled to get the new tablet on March 25, it has confirmed what it told All Things Digital's John Paczkowski earlier today: The company is postponing the launch in Japan while its people there focus on recovery.
"Our hearts go out to the people MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 15, 2011 2:45 PM ET
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Put a fork in it, everyone -- the Zune is dead. Microsoft will reportedly put an end to its ill-fated music-video player due to lack of demand. Instead, the company will focus on putting its Zune software onto smartphones likely running Windows Phone 7. (Bloomberg)
AT&T may be leveraging MORE
A sampling of Wall Street's post-launch notes
Sales estimates: Most analysts were cautious, fearing perhaps that whatever they wrote would soon be overtaken by an Apple (AAPL) press release. Most, like Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, stuck with 500,000 units. But Baird's William Power estimated that Apple sold "roughly 1 million" the first weekend, Wedbush's Scott Sutherland "wouldn't be surprised" by that number and Global Equities Trip Chowdhry thought Apple "may have MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 14, 2011 10:52 AM ET
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