Indian Launch of iPad a Ho-Hum Affair

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The iPad officially went on sale in India on Friday, but there isn’t a lot of excitement surrounding the launch, according to Amit Agarwal, who wrote in a Wall Street Journal column: “The feeling is that Apple is using India as a dumping ground to get rid of all the old inventory.”

He noted that “a lot of people who would have bought that device on day one of its launch may have already got it with the help of their friends in U.S. or even from the gray market.” In addition, tech-savvy Indian residents are just as aware as their counterparts around the world that the second-generation iPad is on its way soon, although Mr. Agarwal was quoted in an AFP story as saying: “iPad2’s official launch in India won’t happen for ages.”

While Mr. Agarwal thinks the iPad will ultimately sell well in India, AFP quoted the manager of on New Delhi store as observing: “We have had lots of calls about the iPad today, but no sales.”

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Comments

Jeet

Amit is perfectly correct. The Samsung Galaxy Pad was super successful, while no one just didn’t care for the iPad. Apple has yet to realize Asia’s 2nd largest market, which World leaders like Nokia, Vodafone, Sony et al has already realized and making billions out of it. Even OlivePad has been so successful. Being an Indian I too go with Amit that India is nothing more than Apple’s old stock repository when it comes to connected products. I have no complains against the iPod and Mac/Mac software line. But it’s so disgusting when iPad or iPhone comes.
Best, Jeet.

mhikl

Apple couldn’t keep up with demand last month and now is has too much inventory? Sounds fishy, but if true, there goes the theory of a low cost iPad 1 being part of Apple’s tablet line.

I have read that China has an aging population whilst India’s baby boomers are just hitting their stride and that is an important growth factor.

Also, isn’t India supposed to surpass China in population in the not too distant future? I’m surprised India’s potential is not being taken into consideration but where are the stats. How many of Apple’s other gizmos are sold in India?

rlo

This makes sense, considering how plugged in India is to technology. Apple will have to consider India and China on launch dates if it wants to be able to capitalize on these markets.

Jeet

Mhikl other than iPhone 4 all Apple Gadgets are available. The iTunes store is not, while the iOS app store and mac app store are fully available.

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