Apple Sold 3 Million iPad in Barely 3 Days

Apple just announced sales of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad. According to a press release by the tech giant, the two new tablets doubled previous sales records with three million units sold in the first three days. The launch of the Wi-Fi only third-generation iPad reached 1.5 million in its first three days of sales.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

MacStories pointed out that Apple’s numbers don’t exactly match up with last year’s events. For example, the third-generation iPad sold 1.5 million units for its opening weekend, but this past weekend, Apple was selling two completely different tablets, so double the inventory means double the sales.

Additionally, Apple launched the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad in 34 countries this past weekend, while the third-generation iPad was only available in 10 countries the first three days of sales. Apple’s comparison is more like, well… Apples to oranges.

MacStories also did a rundown of how long it took previous iPads to reach their milestones, excluding the newest model iPad and iPad mini. The first-generation iPad took nearly three months to sell 3 million, while the third-generation iPad sold 3 million units in four days. MacStories also included a chart of the iPad’s growth over the years, quarter-by-quarter since its launch. Apple’s third quarter saw more sales than the fourth, but the chart does not include sales of the new models.

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