iPad pre-orders are now averaging 10,000 per day, according to Daniel Tello, a Venezuelan blogger-analyst who writes about Apple using the name “Deagol” (http://aaplmodel.blogspot.com/).
Tello has been tracking order numbers submitted by volunteers since March 12 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) when Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad. By his calculations, which are based on a precise count of order numbers and an estimate of how many of them were non-iPad orders, Apple passed the 180,000 unit mark on Wednesday.
“I think sometime during Friday, perhaps before noon, the counter should roll to 200,000 units pre-ordered,” he told “Fortune” (http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/18/ipad-pre-orders-10000-per-day/?source=yahoo_quote).
Tello’s tally doesn’t include iPads reserved for pick-up at Apple retail stores on April 3.
At least the Wi-Fi only versions will; the Wi-Fi + 3G model will hit US store sleeves in late April. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
The Wi-Fi iPad sells for a suggested retail price of US$499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB models. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.