iPad 3 to Ship 1 Million Tablets at Launch?
A new app might have just revealed how many iPad 3s Apple plans to ship at launch.
Yesterday, a young startup called Wallit Inc. launched Wallit, a new app for the iPhone, allowing users to (as the website describes), “‘Write on walls' at popular places and ‘start conversations' with the people who are ‘really' there.”
The Wallit launch video is comprised of a typical, overly simplistic animation sequence that, if nothing else, explains the concept of the new app by incorporating Siri:
“Siri, what can I do while waiting in line for the iPad 3?” one fictional user asks.
“Install Wallit app on your iPhone,” a very Siri-sounding voice responds. “Wallit is the only way to write on walls at Apple Stores you visit. Write on the Apple Store in Palo Alto. Start a conversation with the people who are really there.”
Wallit is obviously playing on the success of Facebook, whose wall format has become an iconic part of social networking. Surely there are people out there who will be interested in using this app as another venue for sharing their thoughts with others.
That, however, isn't where this story gets interesting. Pay close attention to what the Siri impersonator says next:
“Be part of iPad 3 launch by sharing your experience with one million people in other Apple Stores.”
Think about that for a moment. Wallit is a brand-new app, so it's unlikely that one million people are already using it. But even if they were, that would mean that one million of its users were lined up to get an iPad 3, perhaps hinting at the number of iPads Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) plans to ship at launch.
Is this proof that Wallit has some inside info? Or could it be that Wallit is merely assuming one million people will get in line regardless of how many iPad 3s Apple plans to ship?
Whatever the case, it's an interesting prediction to make. If Apple doesn't have a million tablets to ship in time for launch, it could indicate that a shortage is imminent – and inevitable.
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