The iPad was released internationally recently, and with that, came yet another record for the iPad. In just under 60 days, the iPad has sold over 2 million units. From the fancy Apple press release:
CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2010—AppleÂ® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Translation: People are buying more iPads than they can make.
This is a pretty big deal, as the iPad has sold more than the iPhone in the same period of time. But more importantly, it’s a pretty big statement about the product itself.
When the iPad was first introduced, the tech community collectively said, “bleh. No USB, no Flash, no thank you.” Yet there they all were, lined up on opening day, plunking down a credit card for their new purchase. And a few days later, some people returned them, and a few people returned them so they could buy a 3G model a month later. There were quite a few iPad doubters out there, and this proves them wrong.
I think though, my personal experience with the iPad is clouding my judgement a bit. I bought my mother an iPad for mother’s day, and she can’t stop talking about it. I was at her house on Sunday, and she wanted to play with my iPad so she could check out the Barnes & Noble app. She’s working on figuring out a way to sync all of her devices, and for that, I’m working on a MobileMe subscription for my mom. It’s completely changed the way she works and does things, and now you can’t get it away from her.
This is just my experience, but if my mom loves it this much, there have got to be others who do as well. Two million sold in under two months means that not only does Apple have another hit on their hands, but it’s here to stay.