You can love it or hate, but you simply can't ignore it. The iPad has shot out of the gate with impressive sales figures that have undoubtedly taken Apple executives off guard. Yesterday, Apple issued a press release announcing that they sold over 2 million iPads in less than 60 days - a remarkable achievement no matter how you look at it.
Apple today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch.
Over the weekend, the iPad launched in 9 different countries, with particularly long lines forming in Tokyo and the UK. Overall, the international iPad launch seems to have gone swimmingly, and like Jobs mentioned above, Apple's biggest problem seems to be whether or not they can crank out enough iPads to meet demand. Remember that the UK iPad launch was initially pushed back because US demand for the device exceeded Apple's internal projections.