Apple Inc. has sold 1 million iPads since their April 3 launch, as the company passed that sales milestone faster than many analysts had expected.
Apple said yesterday that the 9.7-inch touch-screen iPad — a new category of device that combines the mobility of a smartphone with the speed of a laptop — reached the million sales mark in only 28 days.
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That was much faster than the iPhone, which passed 1 million units sold after 74 days in 2007.
Apple began the second stage of a two-part roll-out of the iPad on Friday when it started selling the pricier, high-speed wireless model in the United States, following the launch of the short-range Wi-Fi tablet earlier in April. The company, which has already delayed the international iPad launch by a month, said it continues to have difficulty meeting demand.
Users have so far downloaded 1.5 million digital books and have downloaded 12 million apps.