The iPad is really Apple’s fastest selling iDevice of all time, well sort of. In a press release from Cupertino this morning, Apple has confirmed that they have sold now just over 1 million iPads. Apparently they reached the 1 million mark on Friday, which was launch day for their 3G model of the iPad. That’s some pretty solid numbers if you think about it. A lot of people thought that the iPad wouldn’t do this well, it has reached this sales milestone faster than many analysts had expected. It’s selling at much faster pace than the original iPhone did, back in 2007. It took 73 days for the iPhone 2G to reach 1 million in sales, the iPad reached it in just under 28 days. The iPad basically did it in less than half the time. It’s safe to say it’s on a record pace. Analysts estimated that Apple sold over 300,000 iPad 3Gs over the weekend, and the demand for the iPad is far greater than the supply right now.
“Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers,” Apple guru Steve Jobs said in the statement. Analyst Gene Munster and his teamed called over 50 Apple Stores over the weekend. All but one of those stores we sold out of the iPad 3G, and those same stores had no WiFi models either. It seems the only thing not selling like hot cakes are iBooks. There have only been about 1.5 million book downloaded so far, seems like a big number, but Apple had high hopes that the iPad would be a successful eReader. On the other hand the App Store is doing very well. Of the 5000 iPad apps for sale on iTunes, users have downloaded over 12 million apps. The best selling app so far is is Apple’s Pages word processing app.
What do you think? Is the iPad a fad? Or is it here to stay? Bellow is the entire press release, if you’re interested.
CUPERTINO, California—May 3, 2010—Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.
“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*
Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digit
[via Apple Press Release]