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Just How Loyal Are Apple Customers?

Some people are PCs and others are Macs. And there’s no denying the Macs are fiercely loyal.

They’re so loyal that they flocked to Apple’s website Friday to be among the first to order the iPad. And it won’t even ship until April 3rd, almost a month from now.

As you may know, the iPad generated a great deal of interest ever since it was introduced in late January.

Essentially a tablet computer, it allows users to watch video, listen to music, play games, surf the Web or read electronic books. The iPad also runs most of the 150,000 applications made for the iPod music player and the iPhone.

The cheapest model, with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB of memory, is $499 but prices run up to $829, largely for more memory.

Reviewers have been mixed on whether the iPad will become as ubiquitous as iPod, which controls over 70 percent of the market for MP3 players.

What’s the trade?

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty forecast iPad sales of six million units this year, a figure she acknowledges is above the "consensus" of between three and four million units.

I can’t help but wonder what this all means for Dell , says Karen Finerman. I use computers less because I use smartphones more. As things stand now that's a problem for Dell.


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