New iPads Sell 3 Million Units in 3 Days

Despite the fury of Hurricane Sandy, Apple managed to sell 3 million iPads within three days– and nobody got punched in the throat. The sales numbers, which begin on October 26 and include the fourth generation iPad and iPad Mini, shattered the previous first weekend record set by the iPad 3, which sold 1.5 million units during its release weekend back in March.

‘Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,’ said Apple CEO Tim Cook. ‘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.’

To recap, the iPad Mini provides the functionality of an iPad, but with a 7.9-inch screen versus the traditional iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini is also a little more powerful than its large-screened brethren, so it’s loaded to handle whatever games you throw at it. The iPad 4 is a touch more powerful than the iPad 3 (1.3 GHz A6X dual-core processor versus a 1.0 GHz A5X dual-core processor), and it has a sharper camera.

Looks like iPad Mini’s high price wasn’t a deterrent after all. Were you able to secure an iPad Mini? If not, are you planning to wait for supply to catch up to demand?

Note: A previous version of this story did not include sales of 4th-generation iPads in the 3 million figure. We apologize for the error.


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