Despite the somewhat mixed reception to its January 27 launch, Apple's iPad appears to be doing better and better commercially. An analyst note quoted by AllThingsD's Digital Daily blog says Apple is now selling over 200,000 iPads a week in the U.S.
RBC Capital Markets' Mike Abramsky, who wrote the note, adds that iPads are now selling faster than Macs—and not much slower than iPhone 3GS handsets:
"Checks indicate that US iPad sales remain strong post-launch, driven by rising consumer visibility to iPad's user experience, sustained PR/word-of-mouth marketing, 3G iPad launch, and broadening iPad apps/content," Abramsky wrote in a note to clients this morning. "We believe Apple is now selling >200k iPads/week, greater than US Macs (est. 110k Macs/week) and just below US iPhone 3GS first quart (246k/week)."
Digital Daily says strong iPad sales have led Abramsky to increase his outlook, too. The analyst now expects Apple to ship eight million iPads worldwide in 2010, up from his previous forecast of five million. Keep in mind the iPad will only become available internationally next week.
To put things in perspective, Apple's latest earnings release said Mac sales totaled 2.94 million last quarter. Admittedly, though, pricing tends to dictate volume, and the iPad costs half as much as Apple's cheapest full-featured computer, the $999 MacBook.