Twenty-eight days have passed since Apple launched the new iDevice. April 3rd was an historical day when the first tablets found their ways to the customers’ hands, and now after a month of the release, Apple announced that it has passed over the million sales mark. The millionth iPad was sold after 28 days of its launch. Apple previously sold 300,000 of the Wi-Fi only iPads on the first day.
Steve Jobs compared the iPad and the iPhone sales numbers in his statement saying: “One million iPads in 28 days –that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”
The launch of the iPhone is a good comparison, because both the Smartphone created then, and the tablet launched a month ago, are pioneers of the iDevices’ market. We have to note that the first iPhone passed that milestone in more than two and a half months, but the new generation iPhones like the iPhone 3G or the iPhone 3GS hit the same milestone in their first weekend alone.
When talking about the iPad, we are talking about a whole new category and this makes the amount of time to reach this milestone impressive. The tablet launched by Apple increased the sales of the applications and e-books from the iBookstore. More than 12 million applications and 1.5 million e-books were downloaded using the iPad. The number of iPad applications is continuously rising. According to the latest numbers, Apple counts 5,000 iPad apps.
By reaching the one million milestone for the iPad the speculations seem to have ended. We have a validated and increasingly demanded product.