Apple Sells 3 Million iPads in First Weekend

During today’s conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that Apple had a record weekend, in terms of iPad sales. Shortly after the call, the company released a statement, revealing that it had actually sold an impressive three million units during the weekend of the new iPad’s release.

In comparison, the Cupertino-based company sold just 300,000 iPads during the first weekend when the original iPad was released, and approximately one million when the iPad 2 was released.

With the first generation iPad, it took Apple 80 days to sell three million of its tablets. 80 days to three days is an amazing transformation. While both the original iPad and the iPad 2 were plagued with production and supply issues, the third generation iPad has had a much smoother release.

Apple was unable to produce enough tablets to meet the incredible demand for its first two iPads, but with the new iPad, Apple had a much larger initial supply, which accounts for some of the huge sales numbers.

The new iPad’s stunning Retina display and ultra fast 4G LTE connectivity also explains why Apple had record setting sales numbers. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

That three million number will surely balloon as the iPad finds its way into 24 more countries, and analysts are currently predicting that Apple will sell more than 60 million iPads over the course of 2012.

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