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For the Record: iPad News and Rumors
           espite mixed reactions from tech      considers it a violation of the company’s       later revealed to be an exaggeration of an            While some universities experienced
           reviewers, Apple’s iPad is selling    copyrights, due to its reliance on modified     earlier Wall Street Journal article that de-       compatibility issues with the iPad, others
           steadily, accompanied by a grow-      versions of Apple’s own software.               scribed technological difficulties relating        moved to embrace the device wholeheart-
ing number of apps for the device. Apple            After the iPad’s initial release, news       to the iPad at these three academic insti-         edly: Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University
reported that 300,000 devices were sold          stories began circulating on sites such as      tutions. No such bans ever existed, ac-            announced that all incoming freshmen will
on its April 3 release, with an additional       Yahoo! and TechCrunch that claimed sev-         cording to the universities. The country of        receive an iPad and 13" Macbook laptop this
700,000 sold in the month after. By com-         eral universities had “banned” the device,      Israel briefly banned the device due to            fall. Students will be charged a $500 fee
parison, the original iPhone took more than      including Cornell, Princeton, and George        technological concerns, but it later lifted        each semester in exchange for the devices.
2 months to sell the same number. The            Washington universities. The reports were       the prohibition.                                                             —Kurt Schiller
sales figures coincided with the release of
the iPad’s 3G variant, which lets users ac-
cess the internet via the 3G networks used
by cell phones and other mobile devices.
    However, not everyone was impressed
by the sales numbers. Analyst firm Ovum,
part of the Datamonitor business infor-
mation group, released a statement com-
paring the iPad’s initial release to that of
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the iPhone in 2007. According to the firm,
the iPad was not subject to stock shortages
and sold-out inventory that characterized
iPhone’s launch. Ovum called the result a
“miscalculation” on the part of the consumer
electronics giant and described the ability
to create such shortages as a major strength
and part of Apple’s prior sales strategy.
    Investment firm Piper Jaffray conduct-
ed its own analysis of the later iPad 3G
release and reported that of the 50 Apple
Stores surveyed, 49 sold out of the device by
the end of the device’s first weekend on sale.
    Apple also announced that more than
12 million apps and 1.5 million ebooks were
sold in the device’s first month in stores.                       
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