Apple announced this morning that it sold a whopping three million iPads since Friday morning. That’s a combination of iPad mini and it’s big brother, the new, fourth-generation iPad.
“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. 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.”
These sales figures are impressive, but not exactly surprising. Keep in mind, the WiFi + Cellular models of both iPad mini and iPad 4 aren’t yet available, and aren’t included in this figure. Unlike other companies, when Apple says X number of devices have been sold, that means in customers’ hands, not just shipped to retails stores. It also doesn’t count pre-orders that haven’t shipped (like mine, for example).
Crowds of people lined up in 34 countries around the world on Friday morning. As you might expect, I was one of them. I waited at the iconic 5th Ave. Apple store in New York. Even though Hurricane Sandy smashed ashore just days before, it’s been reported that this was the third-largest line for a product launch in the history of the store. Most of the people around me in line were there for the iPad mini. Most of them were also buying the maximum two-per-customer; one for themselves and one for a family member.
After a few days of using mine, I’ll have a review for those of you who weren’t in a rush to get out and buy one, and for those still waiting on their orders to ship. My first impression, though? iPad mini is the perfect size.
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