Apple sells 3 million iPads over the weekend

Apple beat expectations and sold 3 million iPads over the past three days. This doubles the previous record launch last March, when Apple sold 1.5 million WiFi-only retina iPads in the first three days. This figure represents the total of both iPad mini sales and 4th generation iPads. Apple's press release didn't break down how many of each were sold, though analysts estimated that about 2.3 million of those sold this weekend were the iPad mini. Some analysts think that the iPad mini will continue to outsell the full-sized iPad. “Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release. “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.” No doubt we'll see another surge in sales when the 4G LTE models of both iPads become available later this month.


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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.