Apple has opened up their online store to take pre orders for their new iPad, with analysts estimating thatApple hasalready recieved 120,000 orders for iPads in the first24 hours.
While Apple is unlikely to verify the data, the predictions if accurate could make the iPad the most successful e-book reader launch to date claims online web site Electronista.
Amazon has never publicly detailed the number of Kindles sold so far, but one analyst estimated that Amazon sold 500,000 in 2008 when they first launched the Kindle.
Analysts at AAPL Sanity said that the 120,000 estimate for the first day of being listed online include statistics that provide some possible insight into preferences for particular models. Apple’s emphasis on price has had relatively little effect as the 99 orders used as the sample were equally divided between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. The 3G version was noticeably less popular as only 31 percent of pre-orders chose that version, although its late April release date may hide actual demand as many could be holding off on 3G iPad purchases with over a month to wait.
At an average of 1.1 tablets bought per customer, few had a reason to test the two-per-order limit.
It may also make the Apple device the most successful larger tablet-sized device to date. System builders have been offering tablet PCs based on Windows since 2002, but the category has rarely expanded beyond business computers meant for doctors, warehouse workers and others that have specific needs.