Apple sells 3 million of its new iPads during the weekend launch

Apple sells 3 million of its new iPads during the weekend launch
In an announcement made Monday afternoon, Apple said that it sold 3 million units of the new Apple iPad during the launch weekend. Philip Schiller, Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing said, "The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet. Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday." This announcement comes after earlier indications that the tablet was not a sell-out after the first day at retail locations, which has been common for Apple products. The tech giant did say last week that inventory earmarked for pre-orders had been sold out. Earlier estimates called for the Cupertino based firm to sell 1 million units over the weekend launch.

The new iPad is now available in the  US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands. Starting this Friday, March 23rd at 8am local time, it will be available in 24 more countries through the Apple Online Store. Those 24 countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The price for the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet is $499 USD for the 16GB version, $599 USD for the 32GB model and $699 USD for the 64GB tablet. For the Wi-Fi + LTE versions of the iPad, the price is $629 USD for the 16GB model, $729 USD for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. LTE service is offered by either Verizon or AT&T. The new iPad has a Retina display, a 5MP camera and uses a faster A5X processor with quad-core graphics.

It has been a stunning day of news for Apple which saw its stock make a new all-time high at $606 before closing at $601.10 for a 2.65% gain on the day. Earlier Monday Apple also announced a dividend and a stock buy back. During the morning conference call announcing the dividend and stock buy-back, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company had a record weekend of iPad sales but did not reveal the number until now.

source: Apple

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1. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

iPhone arena.

49. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

So y'all claimed Apple had failed(epic) because they hadn't sold out but come to find out, they sold 3 million ipads in a weekend and all the android fans can do is come up with lame jokes and 900,000 activations a day over 14,000 devices. Just admit it, Apple is a complete powerhouse and an awesome company. Give them props. When the new iphone comes out, it'll obilterate all sales records. I have a Note so don't come at me with the bias crap. Samsung made commercials poking fun at Apple and it had absolutely no affect.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's cool that ur unbiased like that. People from the android camp give apple no props, that makes no sense whatsoever. Both platforms rock, and they appeal to different, and a lot of the same people. Im an apple fanboy, but I appreciate what android brings to the table. They talk down on apple like their best product is an old transistor radio, or something. Apple, and google rule the mobile space in my book.

138. thelegend6657 unregistered

Lumia too

51. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Absolutely no effect? Okay. But really, these sales numbers don't completely jibe with the reality of lines NOT forming by stores all over. It may just be available in more countries immediately than the last couple of years, but it's weird how even when multiple locations report relatively low sales, Apple is still somehow breaking records in their reports.

59. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Get over it dude. If you hold no stock in Google, you definitely need to get over it. IOS and Android are awesome. Open and expand your mind. Even if by chance that Apple is lying(they aren't) who cares.

60. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why does it matter whether Apple is exaggerating its sales figures? Have you ever heard of a company called Enron?

72. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

3 million idiots who must be already having an iphone4s.. but bought a blown up iphone..pleaase buy more,..... so the new windows 8 tablet which is complete pc.. not a blown up [phones.. comes down in price and we can buy for les... ur doing a good job of making apple richer and making other products cheaper.. Thanks for ur stupidity

95. salic

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I'm betting the numbers are so high because an obscene amount of people pre-ordered them so they wouldn't have to stand in line. The inventory management was actually on point, 3 million people got new iPad's and no one had to suffer through a long line to accomplish it.

104. markhsu

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Actually dad was reading the Taiwanese news sites and the parts suppliers stocks are dropping because apple is not reordering parts for the iPad like they were promising. That is more accurate than Apple spin and fanboy hype. Always follow the money.

55. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

u know if u are looking for a news site that doesnt involve apple products, why dont u go to… because this is kind of refuting previous news, thereby making it news… but god knows that might be too logical

91. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Because in a fight to the death, the iPhone always wins? #pipebomb

110. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wonder if this is a misquote or misinformation... I understood on several other sites that the 3 million sold was all ipad models, not just the new one

111. hepresearch unregistered

That would be freaking awesome! I would laugh very hard...

148. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I too have that same feeling. Since the iPad 2 has had a price drop, it's indeed sold more. The average non tech person can't tell the difference between the new iPad & the iPad 2. The Retina display is very good, but you really need a microscope to tell the difference if you are a non tech junky. The average person would rather pay less for a product if A) they look the same & B) if the screen looks good. Especially since both the new iPad & the iPad 2 screens look real good to the average non tech person. So I do tend to agree that these sales records Tim Cook is talking about must include the iPad 2 as well not just the new iPad.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

3 Million ipad 2 now up for sale,resolutionary!

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I bet Samsung sold 6,000,000 galaxy 10.1's during the launch wknd lmao. Jealous a** android fools.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

With android selling 900,000 units a day i fail to see how you would think i'm jealous.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We're talking tablets here,and when u factor in units as in all devices. Apple is blowing the doors off androids hinge. Sheepdroid

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Except its not,android has the majority market share due to the much higher volume of SALES percentage. With 900,000 sales per day thats over 6 million per week,week in week out and those figures are rising. Apple sales are far lower in comparison.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ur talking all android activations so talk all apples activations. Apples rules more people prefer it. Android sucks go have fun rooting,and moving widgets around your home screen while ur phone force closes,lags,and gives not responding messages. I've had android before,and it sucks.

33. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i had an iphone before and it sucked balls android all the way

34. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Haha! Lags! My galaxy s2 loads and performs and an extremely fast pace as do the majority of top androids except budget priced models. but even at that a 90 euro galaxy y has 800mhz processor so its quite smooth.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My gs2 got refunded, cuz it lagged,glitches,and froze. I don't care what yours did... I'm speaking of my own experience. Also I'm heavy into photography, and I got sick of having to limit to mms to make sure my videos got sent,or not being able to send them when I forgot to limit for mms. The iPhone is an excellent point,shoot, and send video camera. Try, and send a video from ur galaxy without selecting limit for mms, and see what happens. Cannot attach file size to large.

58. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Well seeing as we sell dozens of galaxy s2 phones a week and never have any of your issues and rarely have faulty returns Its either a. yours was a one and only faulty one or b. As an ifan you make random stuff up which all ifans try think is wrong with what is the phone of the year. Hmmm i forgot to mention every iphone we sell,freezes makes noises like alarms going off them catch fire continually,Thats true also ;-)

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great ill take two of em

103. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ive no doubt you would buy several of them,each one increasing your apple mana by ten fold!!

61. hepresearch unregistered

Well, next time I visit an Apple Store, I will have to swing by the iPhone display and set all of the phone alarms to go off at 5-minute intervals... then, I'll find the nearest in-store security camera, and I'll use the lens as a mirror to pick my nose... then I will go over to the MacBook display and hide behind it, and as customers come by I'll yell "Pick Me! Pick ME!" at the top of my lungs... then I will run to the back of the store and find the employee break area, and after a minute I'll start yelling, "Hey! Why... why isn't there any toilet paper in here?"... and when they are trying to get me out of the store, I'll run around pretending to be sneaky, and I'll hum the Mission Impossible theme over and over again as store employees try to chase me down. Maybe I could even carry a small 2-lb bag of brown sugar with me, and when I'm finally being chased out I'll break it open and leave a little trail for them to clean up afterwards... Too bad I don't live anywhere near an Apple Store...

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


114. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

That's because you didn't know how to use it. I work for Sprint. We NEVER see the people that know how to use their phones, always the people that don' you. I used to work for Verizon too...nobody had force close issues, just the idiots that wanted to the phone to do everything for them without them having to learn it. Android does just have to learn. Scary right? Learning!

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