Apple sells over 3 million new iPads in three days

Apple today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad, since its launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.

“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in the press release. “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.”

The new iPad is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands and will be available in 24 more countries starting at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, March 23 through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers, including 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 new iPad Wi-Fi models are available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon is available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, um… (gulp). Wow!!!

Congrats, Apple!

And 24 more countries come online this Friday at 8am. Revolutionary and magical, indeed.

Wonder how many iPad 2 units were also sold?

Related articles:
Analyst: Sales of iPad 2 could hit 1 million units in first weekend – March 11, 2011
Apple sells three million iPads in first 80 days – June 22, 2010


  1. Wow…! It took about three MONTHS to sell the first 3 million iPads (back in 2010), and that was considered immensely successful. Three million in three DAYS is staggering.

    And I guess that number doesn’t even count the $399 iPad 2 that continues to sell.

    1. I assume that the number will be adjusted higher later. The Best Buy, Walmart, Target, AT&T, Verizon, … sales may not be counted fully yet. Also, the corporate and educational shipments may not be counted yet. How did HP, Dell, Amazon, … do over the weekend? Feeling the pressure yet? We will get the real number during the next quarterly report.

      1. you wonder how well Amazon etc did over the weekend?
        Front page of amazon right now:

        “Free Kindle for iPad”
        “Read over a million Kindle books on your iPad with our free app. NO KINDLE REQUIRED”

        I think Amazon is telling us how well it did over the weekend 😉

  2. Awesome! A great product is a great product is a great product. Now if those idiots at FedEx would have delivered the “overnight” shipment today of our three iPads instead of having them sit in their Oakland, California location, I would be even happier.

    1. You do realize that will be counted by analysts as potential Kindle Fire sales that will greatly eat into iPad sales and market share. Look out, iOS. Android is gaining on you.

  3. 3.1 million pixels on the new ipad 3….
    3 million sold in 3 days in the 3rd month of the year…

    Don’t you know good things come with 3s?
    Thanks Apple!
    And keep ’em coming!

  4. Piper Jaffray had forecasted 1 million on opening day. Given the 3m for 3 days, seems they were in the ballpark although on the conservative side for 1 day.

  5. Well, they’d better sell as many as they can because as we all know, in 2015 Apple is going to be overtaken by everybody else. Just ask the anal-ysts!

  6. I love how the iHaters where running around the net proclaiming that Apple was announcing nothing, yet people believed it as if it were successful. Listen iHaters, Apple was taking its time to make sure the have a real number to announce. Unlike your favorite POS Android powered rivals of Apple. They just guess numbers and you iHaters believe it as gospel and bend over to take some more.

    1. Yep. You’re definitely one in a million.

      I ordered mine online and decided to cancel it yesterday because of the dumb 2-3 week wait. I’m no fanboy who orders one in the first week and then waits anxiously for days till the shiny new thing shows up. (Actually I am, but I was able to get one in-store in OKC!).

  7. Do not forget to think Microsoft. If they had not placed all those wonderful Microsft Stores next to Apple Stores- PC users would have never been able to compare so easily!!

    Thanks Ballmer! 😉 we love your strategy a lot!!!!

    1. Hmmm. Your comment made me realize that Microsoft stores must currently be tablet-free environments. They wouldn’t stock Android-loaded units, which is actually in their favor, but they don’t have squat of their own, do the? Sucks to your tablets!

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