iPad stocks decline, confirm iPad 2’s arrival

Many retailers across Europe are slowly beginning to finish off their stock of iPads, confirming the rumors that the second-generation iPad is not far away from us. It has always been like that — whenever an Apple product’s status is changed to ‘sold out’ or ‘on sale’, it usually means a refresh is expected for that product. And that’s exactly what we are beginning to see at some retailers across Europe.

Via 9to5mac:

First, official reseller Carphone Wearhouse in the UK is now sold out of the 64 GB WiFi-only iPad. Even more interesting is the iPad 3G’s situation: all models are sold out at Carphone Wearhouse.

Next, official iPad 3G carriers in Europe  – Orange and T-Mobile have both slashed their iPad 3G prices in half for customers who sign 2 year contracts. That means you can now get an iPad 3G in Europe for only £99.99.

Major European product distributor Ingram Micro is now sold out of the 16 GB WiFi-only model, 64 GB WiFi-only model, and 64 GB WiFi + 3G model. They are also very low on stock of the 32 GB WiFi-only model, 32 GB WiFi+3G model, and 16 GB WiFi+3G model.

This really clears all doubts (from our minds at least) that the iPad 2 is soon incoming from Apple, probably sometime in March/April. What’s your say?

In the meantime, why don’t you check out the iPad 2 review (Yes, you read that right!)

Microsoft beats Apple; Sells 7 copies of Windows 7 every Second!

Microsoft have revealed the figures and by what we read, no one had expected this from them. Certainly not Apple.

Microsoft have managed to offload 150 licenses for Windows 7 to date, with an average of a whopping 7 copies per second! This certainly proves why Win7  is the fastest selling OS in history.

Earlier this month, we had seen a certain Mr. Steve Jobs of the Apple fame announce that the Cupertino Giants have sold around a million devices based on their iOS (iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch) in total since the iPhone 2G was launched way back in 2007. A great achievement right? Now compare that to the 150 million copies of Windows 7 which Microsoft have offloaded since October 2009. And we aren’t even considering all the other versions of Windows.

The stats speak for themselves. In this battle of supremacy between the biggest two tech giants, one thing is for sure is that the customers will benefit. And if you thought that Apple taking over Microsoft as the biggest tech firm in the world was the end of Microsoft, then you were wrong. They are well and truly alive.

Extracts from the Official Windows Team Blog (selected quotes):

“I have a couple of things to tell you about today. First off, we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As I’ve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second.”

“…approximately 75% of enterprises are looking at Windows 7 for their organization.”

“Starting tomorrow June 24th, we are releasing the beta versions of the new Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Sync.”