Apple said on Monday that it had already sold more than three million new iPads during
the product’s first weekend on the market, including preorders. That’s triple the number of
iPad 2 tablets that analysts estimated the company sold during that product’s opening weekend last year,
though the company did not take advance orders for the iPad 2.
The new iPad, which was released on Friday in about a dozen countries, has a starting price of $500.
Its main new features include an improved display, a better camera, a faster processor and support
for AT&T’s and Verizon’s fourth-generation LTE cellular networks.
Apple last year did not disclose sales numbers for the debut of the iPad 2.
However, analysts estimated that Apple sold one million over its first weekend.
The first iPad took 28 days to hit one million sales, according to Apple.
The new iPad’s opening weekend sales still don’t top the performance of the iPhone.
Apple said it sold four million of its iPhone 4S smartphones on its first weekend.