Apple Sold Three Million New iPads During Launch Weekend
Three million. Three million iPads.
"The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold--the strongest iPad launch yet." ó Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing.
Consumers purchased three million devices priced at a minimum of $499 over the deviceís opening weekend. Thatís $1.5 billion in sales on the lowest end. The iPad 2 sold one million units during itís first weekend.
I canít imagine why Tim Cook didnít announce these number during the company's financial conference call earlier this morning. Perhaps Apple was trying to confirm the numbers or give traders something to latch onto tomorrow and drive the company's stock further past the $600 mark.
Once again news outlets get to recycle the same storyline Apple and pundits wrote last October. The storyline goes something like this: incremental upgrade, mild praise with very vocal opposition, followed by the utter decimation of previous sales records.
Nothing tops a weekend off like breaking both previous generations' sales records during launch by factors of 10 (original iPad) and 3 (iPad 2) on top of finishing above the $600 per share. Oh and they somehow have more momentum going into the rest of the week market wise.
Not many companies can pull this crap off. Wake me up when Appleís losing streak starts.