The 3G model of Apple’s iPad is off to a strong start. In its first weekend, the device has racked up 300,000 units sold, according to an analyst’s estimate.
But are all of those early adopters pleased with their new purchase? It would appear not, as many have taken to the Web to express their dissatisfaction with the device’s 3G coverage, noting that the iPad can handle data transmissions better when it runs on a Wi-Fi connection.
Enterprise Mobile Today has the details on the latest iPad sales figures and connectivity issues.
Apple’s iPad 3G hit retail stores and landed on doorsteps of those who pre-ordered it on Friday — with the result that the Apple tablet has already surpassed 300,000 units sold, according to one analyst who follows the company. However, owners are finding their iPad 3G experience a little lacking.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster checked with 50 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) retail stores in addition to attending the iPad 3G launch at retail stores at New York and Minneapolis, leading to his 300,000 unit-sales figure. Supply is limited, with 49 of the 50 stores Munster checked out on Sunday sold out of the 3G.
Munster now puts the iPad installed based at 1.3 million, with 1 million Wi-Fi units and 300,000 3G. He projects that the eventual split will reach 60 percent Wi-Fi and 40 percent 3G. He also expects there will be continued supply shortages thanks to high demand and low supply. All told, he expects Apple to ship 4.3 million iPads this year.