How do sales of the new iPad compare to historical sales data for Apple products?

Summary:3 million sales will no doubt make the iPad a huge seller this quarter and further hasten our entry into the post-PC era.

Apple has sold three million iPads since its launch last Friday, but how does this compare with historical sales of Apple products?

Let's start with the Mac. Back in the first quarter of 2008, Apple sold 2.3 million Macs, and the company didn't break the 3 million mark until the fourth quarter of 2009. During the last quarter Apple sold 5.2 million Macs, with an average of 58,000 a day.

Data sources: Apple/Wikipedia

The iPod got off to a slow start, selling only 125,000 units in the first quarter it was available (but it was only available for two months of that quarter) during the first quarter of 2002. By the third quarter of 2004 Apple only managed to shift 860,000 iPods, but during the fourth quarter of 2004 things started to pick up, with 2 million units sold, and 4.5 million by the first quarter of 2005. During the last quarter Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, averaging some 171,000 a day.

Data sources: Apple/Wikipedia

Let's look at iPhone sales. Initial sales during the third quarter of 2007 were 270,000, picking up to 1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 and 2.3 million during the first quarter of 2008. Sales then dipped until the fourth quarter of 2008 when a massive 6.8 million units were sold. During the last quarter Apple sold 37 million iPhones, or some 400,000 a day.

Data source: Apple

The iPad was a strong seller right from the start, selling 3.2 million units in its debut quarter, the third quarter in 2010. Over the last quarter 15 million iPads were sold, working out at some 166,000 a day.

Data source: Apple

3 million sales will no doubt make the iPad a huge seller this quarter and further hasten our entry into the post-PC era.

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Topics: Apple, Enterprise Software, iPad, Mobility

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