Apple has announced that it sold its one-millionth iPad unit on April 30, just shy of a month since its release. Experts had pinned their hopes on Apple to turn the tablet computing industry on its head. These initial statistics clearly illustrate that Apple has more than lived up to the crazy high expectations surrounding the iPad launch.
Apple took just 28 days to sell a million iPads, which is less than half of the 74 days it took with the iPhone. And, Apple is not done yet. According to early estimates, the 3G version, which was launched this month, managed to sell 300,000 units over the weekend alone. This is an impressive figure, which indicates that several interested buyers had held out for the more expensive version. To make things even sweeter for Apple, earlier this week, Microsoft and HP killed their respective tablet projects.
Here is the official statement from Apple:
Apple ® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPadâ„¢ 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 daysâ€”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-Touchâ„¢ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 poundsâ€”thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbookâ€”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.