The latest estimates for Apple iPad sales may surprise even the most optimistic Apple watchers: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, one of the few mainstream Apple analysts who bothers to count heads, puts the number at 600,000-700,000 this weekend, including pre-orders.
By comparison, it took Apple more than 70 days to sell 1 million iPhones after the initial launch.
When the doors opened at the glass cube of New York’s Fifth Avenue store Saturday morning, there were 730 customers waiting to get in — more than showed up for the launch of either the iPhone 3GS (350) or the iPhone 3G (540).
In a report to clients issued Saturday night, Munster’s estimated that by midnight Sunday, Apple will have sold 600,000 to 700,000 iPads, including pre-orders — more than double his relatively conservative pre-launch estimate of 200,000 to 300,000. (Other analysts had published estimates of 300,000 to 400,000.)