Many people weren't sure what to make
of the Apple iPad when it was introduced
by Steve Jobs in January. The iPad was meant to dive into a
market that has largely failed to gain traction due to the use of
Windows-based tablets and convertible notebooks that were never built
from the ground up for touch-based input.
However, Jobs must be grinning all the
way to the bank because his "magical" iPad has indeed found
an audience and is continuing to burn up the sales charts. Apple sold
300,000 Wi-Fi-only iPads on launch day, 450,000
by the first week, and 500,000
within two weeks of launch.
Now that the iPad 3G is finally
shipping, Apple has seen another uptick in sales for its latest
OS device. Apple is now touting that it has sold one million
iPads in just 28 days on the market.
“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s
less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with
iPhone,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Apple also made it known that over 1.5
million eBooks have been downloaded from iBookStore and over 12
million apps have been downloaded by iPad users from the App Store.
Jobs continued, throwing in a but more
praise on his "magical" tablet. “Demand continues to
exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product
into the hands of even more customers.”
Apple's iPad starts at $499 for a 16GB
Wi-Fi model and tops out at $829 for a 64GB model with 3G
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