Putting The iPad Pre-Order Numbers In Some Context

Apple iPad ibookstore Demo

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) was selling pre-orders for the iPad at a rate of about 25,000 an hour this morning, according to a Forbes Fortune piece. The methodology is very unscientific; it’s based on differences between the order numbers assigned to early buyers.

But if it is accurate, here’s how it compares to some initial figures thrown around during the debut of the iPhone and iPhone 3G S: Pre-orders were not allowed for the first iPhone, but about 200,000 phones were sold in stores on the first day the phone was available. As for the iPhone 3G S there were reportedly “hundreds of thousands” of pre-orders.

So, given that there are three weeks left to pre-order before the iPad actually hits stores, it seems plausible that, as some analysts have predicted, pre-release demand may in fact be greater than it was for the iPhone. We’ll see.

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