Apple Says 2 Million iPads Sold Already
Less than two full months after its official consumer release, Apple is now proclaiming - and with just a bit of obvious pride in the announcement - that the Cupertino-based tech giant has sold a whopping two million iPads to date. At two million units sold in two months, Apple is clearly on pace to hit industry analysts' expectations of approximately five million tablet sales by the end of 2010. According to a report from Reuters
, however, RBC Capital Markets predicts that iPad's total shipments could reach as high as 8 million units worldwide by the end of the year. In case you're wondering, that would generate about $4 billion in revenue for Apple.
Apple, however, did not provide a location-based breakdown of sales and where the tablet is hottest from a geographic standpoint. But, presumably, these latest numbers include the numbers brought in since Friday when the iPad arrived for the first time in overseas markets, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Long lines and sold out stores were rampant across many of the nations that are only one weekend into the iPad era.
The iPad's gradual global rollout, however, is far from over, as Apple is planning to ship the device to nearly a dozen more countries this summer, and additional yet-to-be named markets by the end of 2010. Of course, the iPad's thunder will likely be stolen next month - but only by another Apple product. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs (probably) rolls out the 4th-generation iPhone on the June 7th start of the WWDC, the iPad will have to share some of the spotlight with the most hotly anticipated smartphone since... the last updated iPhone release.
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