Apple Sells Two-Millionth iPad
CREDIT: Apple Inc
Apple announced yesterday that the company has sold its two millionth iPad. The new sales milestone comes less than two months after the tablet computer hit stores and mailboxes on April 3.
The sales figures are likely to continue to surge as the international launch of the device has just gotten underway. After a delay due to raging domestic demand for the iPad, Apple began shipping units to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK over the Memorial Day weekend.
In July, the iPad will be available in nine other countries with more to be announced by the end of the year.
"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a statement. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."
Analyst estimates for sales of the iPad this year range from five to eight million, and the iPad's success will likely fuel a whole market for tablet computers .
Apple also pointed out that 5,000 new apps have been developed for the iPad, and that the 200,000-plus apps in the App Store are available on the device as well.
Some of the iPad's gain is at the expense of netbooks. According to a recent survey, nearly a third of potential netbook buyers instead opted for Apple's tablet computer.