“The launch of the new iPad shows sales of Apple’s tablet are ramping at an accelerated rate of 156 percent year over year, putting them in a position to become “measurably larger” than the PC market as a whole,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray believes most expected Apple to sell between 1 million and 2 million of its new iPad over the launch weekend,” Hughes reports. “But Apple easily exceeded those projections on Monday, when the company announced that it had sold 3 million of the new iPad in its first three days.”

Hughes reports, “The sales suggest that Apple will sell 12 million iPads in the current March quarter, with year-over-year growth accelerating to 156 percent. In comparison, the iPad saw 111 percent year-over-year growth in the December 2011 quarter.”

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