Apple sells three million iPads in three days; double previous first weekend sales record

Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad — double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the US and in many more countries later this year.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “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.”

The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and an incredible 10 hours of battery life. The new fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance.

Both iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are available in 34 countries including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and the UK, and will be available in many more countries later this year, including mainland China. Demand for iPad mini exceeded the initial supply and while many of the pre-orders have been shipped to customers, some are scheduled to be shipped later this month.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $329 (US) for the 16GB model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model. Fourth generation iPad with 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 and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad are available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular and fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available in the US on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in a few weeks. iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of $459 (US) for the 16GB model, $559 (US) for the 32GB model and $659 (US) for the 64GB model. Fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will be offered 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. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model where they are sold now.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Boom!

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Analyst: 2 million of those 3 million iPad sold in first weekend were iPad mini units – November 5, 2012
The Independent reviews Apple’s iPad mini: High-end gadget is worth the price – October 31, 2012
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NYT’s Pogue reviews Apple’s iPad mini: ‘All the iPad goodness in a more manageable size; it’s awesome’ – October 31, 2012
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s iPad mini: ‘A splendid choice; terrific for reading, watching movies and playing games’ – October 31, 2012
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  1. Where are those supreme idiots on this site who decried the existence of the iPad mini saying that there will be no demand for it?

    They should all be taken out and flogged after which they should be forced to eat crow pie with lashings of irony.

    1. I think what most people thought was not that there wouldn’t be demand for the mini, but that it would cannibalize regular iPad sales. The jury is still out on that.

    2. What was the name of that guy who was going on and on and on about there being no mini iPad and did he ever so up and made a post about it after? I can’t seem to recall seeing him make a post sine the mini iPlaid was unleashed.

  2. Samestuff is known to falsify results,i read it Sold/shipped 30 million SameStuff Galaxy III in 6 months but i doubt the figures cos it did not reflect in its 3Q earning. Apple all the way

    1. Agreed, completely. The best opening weekend, which doubled the previous iPad release, is ALL the fault of Tim Cook. Step up and take a bow, Tim and the rest of the Apple team.

      OTOH, analcysts will be disappointed since lines were shorter, showing that Apple is clearly doomed. After all, not only was the WiFi rollout lines shorter, the WiFi + 4G Lines will be shorter later in the month. (go figure)

  3. I have to admit, I test drove one and it was hot. It was really hot.

    I was in the hot women and iPad mini market 40 years ago. Now, I just need the hot woman I married 40 years ago and the iPad 4 I bought Friday. In my world, bigger is better.

  4. Moron Anal-ists, I thought you guys said it was to expensive and it won’t sell. Idiots! Well there’s your proof Apple makes quality products that people will buy. The $100 extra goes a long way with Apple. Number 1 in service and support when you need it. Continuous updates to software that is safe to use, and the same amount of Apps that the regular iPad uses. And don’t forget that the Apps used are made for iPads, not just phone apps blown up like on Android.

  5. Assuming stores took continuous orders for 12 hours non stop, that’s 23 iPads per second. Smells of under-performance to me…
    Screw you street – have yet to see one analyst who will come out with a “disappointing”. Way to go Apple.

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