So what does this thing actually do?
Apple's Premium Resellers are getting iPads to sell on Friday - provided their shops pass Apple's stringent standards. But retailers are irritated at Apple's insistence that they do not take pre-orders or publicise the launch on their websites or in store until Friday morning. They were even more annoyed at DSGi's claim that it …
So what does this thing actually do?
I dread to think what sort of answer you'll get if you ask that question to one of the spotty oiks in Dixons (sorry, Currys Digital). I'm betting whatever it does, it won't do it half as well as when you purchase an Extended Warranty with it.
You will certainly need Norton Antivirus & Office 2010, wont you?
DOS --> Macintosh --> iPad
They certainly are. I can't stand them myself, either.
Worse are the people who pay money for these products. They are truly the dregs of society!
Yeah, i guess a few people jonesing for an insignificant gadget really IS today's saddest story. Screw poverty and war, man, people are buying Apple!
Run! Freak out! Your bible is a lie! ;-)
Now I finally realise why the british empire has such huge debt...
1. the resellers do not mind getting a (fat?) commission from selling Apple products
2. they do mind being unsatisfied with Apple's policies
Well, they can stop bitching and stop selling Apple products. Oh wait, this is against point 1above. Bummer.
iFan - I am not an Apple fan (quite the contrary, mostly due to their closed platforms and tight grip on users), but Steve does have the right to sell his products the way he wants...
After all, he is not forcing anybody to be a reseller, or is he?
...lots of fanbois put the "I'm no apple fanboi" quote in their posts.
I am sure there are a list of them that they must give you with every boxed apple product. Includes lots of non quantifiable things about how great apple products are usability, work flow, and total cost of ownership type phrases.
<quote>1. the resellers do not mind getting a (fat?) commission from selling Apple products</quote>
Apple hardware margins are tightly controlled and are not high at all (tier2 reseller <5%) . They rely on a couple of things:-
1. Education gets decent discounts (double figures)
2. Buyers are usually fanbois or have been persuaded by a fanboi, making the sale fairly easy
3. There's no tech support required - you just palm them off to a hardware repairer or to AppleCare (or sell them Apple Care Protection :P )
When I tried to buy a MacBook the sales rep wouldn't even try to sell it to me (eg. not fully answering questions, being distracted, etc). I even said thanks and moved on to another sales rep (big shop) and got the same treatment. So I guess it's too easy to sell and they don't bother.
I should have waked away but I bought the thing. I'm dumb I know.
"We're also guessing, in the name of good news management, that shortages will quickly become a big story."
..you sneer. Yet, you're writing these non-stories about the thing all the damned time. No-one needs to manage a thing, while such dullards are metoo-ing fit to bust like this.
Shortages will only be a big news story because every website will want to ramp up visitor figures by having as many iPad stories as humanly possibly ;)
Despite the HUGE amount of anti-Apple-fanboi-ism exhibited by Reg commenters, you've got to admit that they know how to whip up a media frenzy around objects of desire. And who can blame them? Would you rather sell an item for peanuts with a small penetration or sell out 100% at a premium price? It's a no-brainer. AND you'll even get resellers jumping through hoops to flog your kit (similar to what Sony did with the Playstation, perhaps).
You may not like it, but this will be another marketing victory for Apple.
(cue: loads of thumbs-down)
Jobs and his marketing strategists are world class, no doubt.
I guess they would have to be, to be able to sell Jobs' insane lock-in policies.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the iPad devices are very nice. I would just prefer a device that I can use without having to get a written approval from his Jobsiness for every letter I type.
Asking permission to queue? How very British.
Nah, those were those overly polite Americans. Brits wouldn't dare ask, they'd just cut in the queue when they arrived 5 minutes before store opening.
And don't you frakkin' forget it!
I guess there is no other news these days.. and theregister is creating news out of nothing ;)
And yet you felt compelled to comment upon the nothing news. ;-)
I don't really mind what Apple sell (and in fact are grateful to them for creating the Apple II which is what started my interest in 'puters), but this increasing paranoia and secrecy just makes them look like a bunch of weirdo dictators. Has Job's illness affected his brain? Because some of the stuff they get up to now does smack of erratic synapse firing.
I'd love to see some photos of piles of unsold iPads and empty Apple stores on Friday.
Not because I'm an Apple hater but because it would counteract some of the pointless frenzy of expectation in the other direction.
The only reason for shortages is going to be Apple restricting the supply to make sure there are shortages, to make "news". Which then means the news is disappointingly re writeable as "Apple uses us to advertise their product for free again". Who needs paid advertising when they can manipulate the press?
It's now a 2 week wait to get a 3G iPad in the States, and it's only going to get worse since the iPad is priced too cheaply for what it does... it's beyond amazing...
No, Apple wouldn't restrict supply, that would make no sense. The problem seems to be the IPS touch screens... nobody has ever tried to make such large, high quality touch screens in such volumes before... so coupled with the tremendous demand, there is simply no way to create enough units.
You vill obey zee rules unt zen you vill be happy".
(Apologies to German readers for crass archetyping).
Of all my staff showing Apple their arses.
Fuck off you dictatorial bunch of twats.
UK retail Stores
Although an interesting protest I seriously doubt you'd sell more iPads that way (or any other Apple products afterwards).
Its not paranoia, its called MARKETING.
They force the sellers to do stuff, they bleat to the press, press print stories, bingo, free advertising, hype and drones like the mob on here telling the world how useless Apple are and how much they hate them (despite reading and commenting on EVERY Apple story going).
"Worse are the people who pay money for these products. They are truly the dregs of society!".
Love that. Clearly someone who buys a particular gadget from a particular company who you have a completely irrantional hatred off (after all, nobody makes you buy them, read about them etc etc, you could just ignore them...) is far worse than murders, muggers, rapists, street thugs, job dodgers and so on. Talk about a lack of perspective.
Yep. And you'd think the Lummox community with all its brainpower, superior product claims and wonderous initiative would take note.
Because you just download the "free" and then run it, for free. Nobody's selling it.
Was there a part of that you didn't understand?
Let me try in little words.
"If man put linux on machine, man no give Big Baldy Jobsman any money but stuff still work just as good".
Did that help?
'"Worse are the people who pay money for these products. They are truly the dregs of society!".
Love that. Clearly someone who buys a particular gadget from a particular company who you have a completely irrantional hatred off (after all, nobody makes you buy them, read about them etc etc, you could just ignore them...) is far worse than murders, muggers, rapists, street thugs, job dodgers and so on. Talk about a lack of perspective.'
Awesome! Clearly someone who posts a sentence like that (with a JOKE icon next to it to boot) really hates Apple fans. He's got to be more sociopathic than, say, someone who presumes the OP actually has the perspective put forth in his JOKE and who doesn't even have the balls to post under an actual (or fake, even) name.
Yes, Apple tends to let their products speak for themselves, they rarely spend much money on "marketing"... they have the lowest advertising budget of all computer and cell phone companies for example.
Apple just makes great stuff... which makes people that are "connected" to all the poor quality products MAD... they get flustered since they don't have the engineering, the vision, the software skills to make great products.
It's sad, but Apple just focuses on the "customer" experience... then everything else falls into place.
People really need to get a grip. It's not like it's the second coming of the iPhone.
The iPhone was great back in the day, but the iPad is what will change the entire computer industry... It's almost as big as the Mac... if you can believe it! It changes the entire landscape of computing... yes, it's early, but hang on tight... all computers will work like the iPad in 10 years.
I've always thought Stevie Jobs should bpttle his farts and sell them at some super high price. Call it iEssence and give the iFans a chance to really get a whiff of their deity's finest.
Usual Apple methods. Hype the product as having mystical qualities and that it's the best thing since sliced bread and.....BINGO! Mass hysteria to buy the wretched thing. Don't be mugs, people - it's just what they want. It's nothing special.
pleze be to give us pictures of teh hot sexie apple Fanbois when wait they in line to purchase, we must teh sexie pictures see
Worse, they're now rebelling!
(yeah, old joke, I know)
This is such BS, total marketing ploy to get into the media and hype up sales. Who gives a poop when they become available, really, does it matter who is selleing them and when, is your life going to be so dramatically distorted because you can't get your iPoop on the day of release?
Apple are panicing you, making you think if you don't get it on release day you will never get one because all the world supplies will dry up. So FKN what! Life goes on, get it the week after....
Don't you see how you are being manipulated, you poor fools?
For me, just another reason to never buy crApple products, I don't appreciate being treated like a spaz.
No, Apple would never do this on purpose, that's not their ethical approach to business. The problem is the iPad is incredibly well made and they priced it too low so demand will outstrip supply for the next year or so.
You really need to use a product before you use a product, you clearly don't understand how it works, so have been tricked into thinking people are waiting in line for no good reason. Someday you'll touch one and see what all the excitement is about.
So you have played the fool... check facts next time...