If you thought that the iPad really didn't have a market, check out the latest press release from Apple. According to the company, it has now sold more than two million iPads in less than 60 days. That latest number includes the iPad WiFi and iPad 3G, and presumably the new international sales in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, which only started selling this past weekend.
In addition to the over 2 million served announcement, Apple mentioned that more than 5,000 iPad-specific apps are now available on the App Store.
“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.
Two million is a lot of iPads and I'm definitely in shock that so many have sold in such a short amount of time. You also have to love the timing of this press release, given that the international launch just happened. It cleverly isn't stating how many of the two million are due to international purchase, but still, two million is a heck of a lot of iPads. I'm sure we'll get more fine-tuned numbers at the WWDC.
I have to admit that even though I had my doubts about the iPad, I'm now the owner of an iPad 3G and it definitely fits in with my lifestyle. Granted, there are plenty of times when I could just take my MacBook, but the fact that the iPad 3G is so light and portable makes it a must-have travel companion with me when I'm on the road or even out for a quick meeting. Would I switch to a Windows 7 tablet? Not likely, but I would give a WebOS-based one, or an Android one a second look. I'm sure I'm not in the minority either, so Apple better continue to innovate on the iPad front to keep it well ahead of the pack.
If you're still hoping to get your hands on an iPad and they're currently sold out in your area, have no fear. Steve Jobs is promising that there are more on the way:
“We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Even with all of the hype surrounding the lack of flash, it seems that sales of the iPad aren't slowing down any time soon.