Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Apple sells 3 million iPad 4s in debut weekend; iPad mini numbers still missing

Despite what appeared to be rather mini(scule) lines for the retail launch of the iPad mini and iPad 4 (or fourth generation iPad), Apple announced on Monday that they sold 3 million wi-fi only iPad 4s during its first weekend, double the number of wi-fi only iPad 3s sold in March of this year.

In its first weekend in March, the wi-fi iPad doubled the first weekend milestone of the iPad 3, which sold 1.5 million wi-fi only models in its debut weekend. The wi-fi + cellular versions of both the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad still have a vague ship date, with Apple now saying in its press release that they will ship "in a few weeks in the U.S. and in many more countries later this year."

Apple CEO Tim Cook said,

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. 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.”

However, despite the fact that Cook mentioned the iPad mini, the company has not yet broken out the numbers for the mini.

However, we did see, as noted above, that Apple said that it had "practically" sold out of iPad minis. The iPad mini is Apple's answer to consumer demand for smaller tablets, which have been successful for companies like Amazon.com (the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD), Google and Asus (who teamed for the Nexus 7) and even Samsung.

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