Word comes out today that Apple has officially conformed that it has sold over a million iPads to date.
This is just on the heels of a note from Piper Jaffray to investors Sunday estimating that Apple had sold 300,000 iPad 3G this weekend, or as much as the Wi-Fi-only iPad sold on its first day in early April. The caveat being that the 3G launch came without the ‚Äòfirst day‚Äô publicity that the Wi-Fi version generated.
Last week, one online advertising firm even suggested that Apple had already sold more than a million iPads since it launched on April 3. That estimate suggested Apple crossed the milestone before the 3G-capable iPad debuted.
Jaffray‚Äôs Gene Munster said supply of the 3G was limited on launch weekend, with 49 of 50 stores surveyed sold out of the iPad 3G by Sunday (and you laughed at those of us stnding in line. HAH! ) This means that Munster‚Äôs previous estimate of 1.3 million sales in the June quarter might just be conservative. Maybe. But we‚Äôre not sure.
‚ÄúOne million iPads in 28 days‚Äîthat‚Äôs less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,‚Äù said Steve Jobs, Apple‚Äôs CEO. ‚ÄúDemand continues to exceed supply and we‚Äôre working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.‚Äù
What does this mean to us the consumer? Basically, as with the iPhone, everyone else is now playing catch-up. The HP Slate is dead at the moment, and this news is sure to make everyone else look at their upcoming releases.
It should be a win for anyone interested in tablet devices, as everyone tries, one more time, to out do Apple.