FORTUNE -- Compared to the chaos and egg-throwing that greeted the launch of the iPhone 4S in Beijing last January, hardly anyone showed up to buy the new iPad in China when it went on sale early Friday.
Has China's Apple fever finally cooled?
That's possible, but most reports attributed the low turnout and relative calm to the pre-sale reservation system Apple (AAPL) instituted to discourage scalpers. (See, for example, Jon Russell's report in The Next Web.)
Reuters' Jon Gordon went one step further. He hopped on a train and traced the route of the Apple "mules" who have been smuggled new iPads into China since March at an estimated rate of 1,500 per day.
Below: The 2:24 minute video report Gordon filed on YouTube.
Apple's roll-out reaches deeper into Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East
FORTUNE -- The fastest roll-out yet of an iOS device picked up pace this week as Apple (AAPL) prepared to launch the new iPad in 23 countries Friday and seven more on Saturday.
The longest lines are likely to be in Brazil, where Apple and Foxconn have set up local assembly plants to avoid that country's steep import taxes. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 11, 2012 7:30 AM ET
iPad fever spreads around the world
FORTUNE -- Continuing its most aggressive rollout of an iOS device to date, Apple (AAPL) on Friday launched its new iPad in a dozen more countries, starting with South Korea.
Judging from the video below, the event in Seoul followed the usual over-the-top script, from the line sitters who show up the night before to the staffers whooping and hollering the next morning.
Over the course of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2012 11:26 AM ET
Offers full refunds rather than stop marketing the new iPad as "Wi-Fi + 4G"
The dispute down under that landed Apple (AAPL) in an Australian federal court Tuesday is a bit more complicated than initial reports suggested.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald's Lucy Battersby, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACC) contacted Apple on March 15 -- the day before the new iPad went on sale -- expressing concern about the name MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 28, 2012 6:36 AM ET
Two data points offered without comment
1. Writing in TechNewsWorld, Rob Enderle calls the new iPad "penis iron":
Last week was an interesting week. Apple (AAPL) announced what appears to be a penis iron in the new iPad, and folks are burning through their monthly 4G data plans in a few hours. Tim [Cook]'s having his first Antennagate moment, and Steve Jobs he isn't.
2. The Intercom Blog's Des Traynor offers free advice to makers of Google (GOOG) Android devices: MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 27, 2012 5:42 AM ET
The new iPad arrived in 25 more countries Friday. The first YouTube videos:
Spain (shot last week, before the new iPad arrived, but couldn't leave it out):
More as they arrive.
On top of the 10 countries that got the new iPad last week, Apple (AAPL) launched the device Friday in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 23, 2012 8:33 AM ET
There is a precedent: iPhone sales have doubled, on average, every year since 2007
The chief difference between the independent analysts who follow Apple (AAPL) and their counterparts on Wall Street is that the independents put a premium on being right.
The professionals, with all due respect, seem to care more about not over-promising or straying too far from the consensus. (See here, here and here, for example.)
So investors who want informed MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2012 5:20 AM ET
First weekend sales exceed the iPad 2, but not the iPhone 4S
Eight hours after Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook pronounced himself "very thrilled" with what he described as "record weekend" sales of the third-generation iPad, the company issued a press release clarifying what record the new iPad had broken.
It wasn't Apple's all-time best hardware launch. That record is still held by the iPhone 4S, which sold 4 million units in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 19, 2012 5:46 PM ET
An analyst offers 3 reasons that 750 customers at 8 a.m. was "strong start"
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster flew to New York City for Apple's (AAPL) launch of the new Pad Friday morning and counted 750 people waiting in line outside the big glass cube on Fifth Avenue when doors opened at 8 a.m.
He declared it a "strong start" despite the fact that Friday's headcount was 37% lower than the 1,190 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 9:52 AM ET
Apple's (AAPL) latest is greeted with the usual display of fervor and endurance
Paris, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney:
London (Regents Street):
London (Covent Garden):
More as they come in.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 9:25 AM ET
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