Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop has a piece out today about how the iPad outsold the Mac last quarter. While we’ve known that the iPad is the first generation of what Steve Jobs sees as the future of computing, it’s interesting to see it take such an early lead.

There of course are some interesting factors to consider on this. For one, the iPad is a new product. And as usual, Apple marketing has lots of people in a frenzy to get one. My guess is we’ll see sales die off over the next couple months as the focus turns to the new iPhone. And then we’ll see them pick up again, in a huge way, leading up to Christmas. While Mac sales will pick up, as they usually do, in the early fall as students get ready to go back to school.

What’s interesting to note is that Piper Jaffray Senior Research analyst Gene Munster said on Monday that he sees no signs of the iPad cannibalizing Mac sales. That could still be the case, assuming that iPad sales are coming as a result of pent-up demand from consumers that were going to buy something else.

Read more over at [ The Loop ]

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