Apple says sold 2 million iPads

NEW YORK Mon May 31, 2010 2:13pm EDT

People stand in a line to purchase Apple's iPad at an Apple store in Tokyo, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People stand in a line to purchase Apple's iPad at an Apple store in Tokyo, May 28, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold 2 million iPads since launching the touch-screen tablet in the United States nearly two months ago and taking it to nine international markets this past weekend.

The company did not give a geographic breakdown of sales in its statement, but had previously said it sold 1 million iPads in the first month after the U.S. launch on April 3 -- passing that milestone faster than the iPhone. An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

Fans mobbed Apple's international stores on Friday when the iPad went on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Apple delayed the international launch by a month as it had difficulty meeting demand for the device, which has received high marks for videos and games, reading electronic books and magazines, and general Web browsing.

Apple said the iPad will be shipped to nine more countries in July, including Mexico, Austria and Ireland. Pricing for these markets will be announced later, it said.

RBC Capital Markets has estimated iPad's total shipments to reach 8.13 million units worldwide by the end of the year -- which would translate into at least $4 billion of revenue.

(Reporting by Tiffany Wu; Editing by Derek Caney)

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Comments (7)
Dear Media:

I am the de facto Treasury Secretary of the United States. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is a puppet. I set economic policy underground. Kindly stop using sales of Apple tech gadgets as an economic indicator. This is silly to use sales of Apple tech products as an economic indicator. These tech gadgets are mostly purchased by teenagers who live at home with their parents. Teenagers don’t have any expenditures that adults have. Such as rent, car payments, car insurance, gasoline, car maintenance and repairs, groceries, utilities and entertainment. Do I make myself clear?


May 31, 2010 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jstaf wrote:
Apple products are a good indicator of what consumers care about right now, smart companies should be looking at their success and seeing if there are aspects of their success that could help them make their business more successful.

The Government shifts the rules around to fit the moment, but in the long term people create wealth with ideas and hard work, nothing has changed concerning the way we progress and succeed.

May 31, 2010 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeTaxpayer wrote:
Right Underground, so we should ignore all spending by teens, tech, movies, clothing, jewelry, etc. Back it all out of the numbers as it provides no useful data anyway.

May 31, 2010 9:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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