Apple has announced today that they sold 3 million iPads in the 3days of the launch weekend for the new iPad mini and iPad 4th generation, or iPad 4 – which is double the amount of WiFi only models sold during the comparable launch period for the iPad 3 back in March. That’s comparable of course because there are no WiFi + Cellular models available as yet for the iPad mini or iPad 4.
Here’s the Tim Cook quote from their press release on these numbers:
“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Apple didn’t provide any sort of breakdown on the sales totals for the iPad mini, iPad 4, or iPad 2 over these 3 days – but there are a number of reports around today, like this one, that noted analyst estimates that the iPad mini was sold out in 60% of US Apple stores this weekend – with the 16GB models being the most popular and the quickest to sell out.
Given the shorter than average lines at many Apple stores early Friday morning, and a lot of people’s doubts about the iPad mini price point, it looks like it was a pretty damn good weekend for iPad mini sales and iPad sales in general. Just as another little point of comparison on these numbers, it’s only a few days back that reports of 1 million sales per month for the Nexus 7 tablet were noted as being a huge jump up for one of the flagship Android tablets.
So how many of you dear readers bought a new iPad mini or iPad 4 this past weekend?