Apple Inc. said Monday that it had sold more than 2 million iPads since it launched the tablet two months ago. All this means that Apple is selling one million iPads every month. On Friday, April 30 (28 days after the device’s release), Apple sold its 1st million iPads; exactly one month later the company announced it has sold 2 million iPads.
The announcement came on the heels of the iPad’s debut in Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan, where crowds lined up last Friday to buy the media tablet, and amid continued reports that supplies are tight in the U.S., where Apple’s online store lists a7-to-10-day delay between ordering and shipping.
Apple is “working hard to build enough iPads for everyone,” Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said in the statement. Apple was forced to delay the international release of the $499 iPad after underestimating demand at home.
Analysts who projected sales of 1.5m units for the quarter ending in June might revise their projections upwards on Tuesday, providing a possible further boost to Apple’s stock market value. The sales debut has been stronger than that for the original iPhone, which took more than two months to reach 1 million. But analysts said it had fallen short of the iPhone 3G, which came out in 2008 and sold about 3m units in the first month.
Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech posted the most aggressive Jan. 28 estimate of 778,000 tablets per month during 2010, or more than 6.2 million for the year. Since then, Marshall has raised his iPad estimate to seven million, while industry research firms such as Royal Bank of Canada have pegged the number at eight million.
Countries outside the US are likely to account for 43%, or 3.5 million units, of iPad shipments this year, Mike Abramsky, an analyst at RBC in Toronto, wrote in a May 20 report. The US will probably be the biggest market with 4.7 million units, followed by France with 805,000 and the U.K, with 585,000.
However, iPads have actually been on sale longer than the “less than 60 days” touted by Apple. The company’s sales numbers include pre-orders in the U.S., which began March 12. Those pre-orders were fulfilled April 3, when the tablet officially hit retail.
According to the Apple’s official statement, developers have created more than 5,000 new applications for the iPad. The iPad will also run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including those created for the iPhone or iPod touch, it said.
Some days ago we reported that Apple is now the world’s most valuable technology company, with a market value of about $234 billion. It last week surpassed Microsoft Inc., the world’s largest software maker, which is worth about $226 billion. [Apple via Daily Telegraph (UK) and Financial Times]