Daniel Tello, a Venezuelan blogger-analyst who writes about Apple has been tracking iPad order numbers submitted by volunteers since March 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad. Based on his calculations Apple passed the 180,000 unit mark on Wednesday and is now averaging about 10,000 pre-orders a day.
"I think sometime during Friday, perhaps before noon, the counter should roll to 200,000 units pre-ordered," he told Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune. Tello's calculations are based on a precise count of order numbers and an estimate of how many of them were non-iPad orders.Tello's estimates only include pre-orders and not iPads reserved at Apple Stores for in-store pickup. According to BoyGeniusReport, those in-store reservations averages about 700 per the 222 US Apple Stores. That's a grand total of 155,400 in-store reservations in addition to today's supposed total of 200,000 pre-orders. Not too shabby for a device that for almost all of the people ordering one have never held.
If a total of almost 350,000 iPads have been pre-ordered/reserved it makes some of the lower estimates of first year iPad sales seem ridiculous. However, for now all we have to go on is these educated guesstimates. Apple won't be officially announcing any iPad numbers until their next conference call.
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