It’s been less than a month since the Apple’s iPad hit stores, but the Apple already sold more than 1 million of them, the company announced Friday, as it launched the new, 3G-capable version of the iPad, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“One million iPads in 28 days–that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who noted that “demand continues to exceed supply.”
Shares of Apple were up 1.4% to $264.70 premarket. The stock has more than doubled in the past year. The maker of computers, iPods and iPhones also said iPad users have already downloaded more than 12 million apps and more than 1.5 million ebooks.
Sales of the iPad have been strong, with the company moving more than half a million of the devices during its first week of availability after it made its debut. The company on Friday began selling a 3G version of the device, and consumers had cleaned out many of the company’s stores by Sunday.
Apple stores in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Houston told the newspaper they didn’t have any iPad 3G models left by Sunday. Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co., estimated that Apple probably sold 300,000 iPad 3Gs over the weekend, including preorders and online sales.
Apple last month said it would delay the international launch of the iPad because it has been unable to keep up with stronger-than-expected U.S. demand. It had planned to start selling the iPad overseas in late April but is moving the launch to the end of May. [via Wall Street Journal]