Apple Sells 3 Million iPads, Will Ship In More Nations Soon

Say what you will about the iPad, but lots of people are buying the thing. They may have no idea what they're going to do with it once they get home, and they're probably still curious as to why the iPhone 3G has access to iOS 4 before the iPad, but hey, those are just minor things, right? We're kidding (in a way), but the sales figures just don't lie: Apple has sold three million iPad units in just 80 days. It hasn't even taken 3 months for the company to move 3 million units, and even with the iPhone 4 getting a serious amount of attention right now, consumers have yet to totally forget about Apple's first tablet.

But that's not all of the news. Aside from Apple feeling pretty good about themselves by moving the three millionth iPad, they're also announcing that a lot more will be sold. Well, not outright, but they're officially announcing that the iPad will launch soon in "nine more countries next month." Oddly enough, those extra nine countries aren't named, but it shouldn't be long before an iPad is available in every major country that Apple operates in.

Are you one of the three million? Have you had a chance to see if it's really as magical as Steve Jobs would have you believe? We still think it's far from reaching its potential (it's all about the apps, which take time to develop), but obviously there's a large amount of early adopters who are willing to put up with the growing pains. Who knows if the next wave of Windows/Linux tablets will be able to say the same, but we're sure curious to see.

Apple Sells Three Million iPads in 80 Days

CUPERTINO, California—June 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that it sold its three millionth iPad™ yesterday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US. iPad is a revolutionary and magical product that allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

Developers have created over 11,000 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 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.

Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.