3 million iPads sold in 80 days - Apple

Cupertino-based tech company's touch-screen tablet continues platinum-per-month sales run.

In less than three months, Apple has sold 3 million iPads, the company announced Tuesday.

The iPad went triple platinum in less than three months.

For those keeping score at home, that's 3 million in 80 days, and 1 million sold in the last 20 days alone. Apple announced after 60 days that it had sold 2 million of the touch-screen tablets. It took Apple 28 days to sell the first million.

The company is already blowing past the early expectations of Wall Street. One analyst predicted 2 million iPads would be sold in the first year.

In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPad will be available in nine more countries within the next month. Apple has not said how many of its iPad sales are international.

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SPBoss
SPBoss

oh great an oversized ipod for the fatties

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@jshaas I didn't bash the iphone, I did think that it was cool, but I didn't buy one (Because I hate at&t). Most of my comments were really responses to other ppl's comments. Btw, I wasn't really bashing ipad customers, my "analogy" was really a joke. I just don't understand why anyone would waste so much money on a giant ipod touch. People are only buying the ipad because apple made it. If Steve Jobs took a s*** and called it iS***, and priced it at $700, I guarantee you that millions of people would buy it. @brendanhunt1 Just if something sells a lot, it doesn't mean that its good (See above).

peaceful_fire
peaceful_fire

Revolutionized. That's an interesting term. Hitler revolutionized running a country, but it's not something you're going to see everyone doing, now is it? The iPhone 3G did revolutionize things, I'll admit it. It changed the way cell phones were thought of, but if you think that same lightning has struck twice please keep Android in mind. It holds a bigger cell phone market share than Apple. The iPhone 4 doesn't even do HALF of what Android can do and that's a shame. They didn't change ANYTHING between the 3GS and the 4 with the new update. Revolutionized? Great, they changed something in the past, let's live in the present. :)

jshaas
jshaas

@peaceful_fire... Well I don't use MSN Messenger, so I wouldn't really now about that. Got a link? Of all the multi-tasking that I've tried, it works perfectly. Of course, that could be something on MS's side just be jerks to Apple users;)

jshaas
jshaas

@SuperYeti22... The great thing about everything you've said is it's your opinion, and you're the only one that has to adhere to it. Okay, you think the iPad is the worst thing ever made... big deal. You don't have to keep posting about how much you dislike it... we get it already. Have you even used one? By "used," I mean more than just fool around with it for a few minutes at Best Buy.;) I, and 3 million other people, think it's pretty cool. I don't remember people bashing iPhone buyers when it first came out! I mean it's nothing more than a "iPod video XL!!!" Oh wait... it only revolutionized the cell phone industry. Kinda like what the iPad is doing for the tablet industry.

peaceful_fire
peaceful_fire

@jshaas I think that multitasking jokes are still relevant as multitasking is still not entirely possible on any of the three devices. It's just a quick switch to recent apps. Open an IM app like MSN Messenger and then "multitask" to emails and see what happens. What? It logs you out of MSN? Because it doesn't multitask.

IWKYB
IWKYB

@ColossalSevnty7 Watching tv is great on your bed? Turn on your tv in your bedroom then! :D

mentalmetal
mentalmetal

wow thats alot of people that got the ipod touch XL

teknicz
teknicz

Buy 6 of them and you have an iCube! Neat! ...You'll also be very poor.

ColossalSevnty7
ColossalSevnty7

Its way worth it! I have had one for more than a month now and it really is great. I really wanted to unhook from the desktop and for the most part I have. Checking email, surfing the web, netflix( yes, watching TV in bed is great). What a great device. 3 million sold and counting!

IWKYB
IWKYB

500 dollar mistake...

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@jshaas The failpad sucks, its nothing more than a giant ipod touch, has half the functionallity of today's netbooks at twice the price. People only buy that s*** because apple made it. They don't care if its a huge f***ing waste of money, they just brainlessly think that its cool because apple made it. Here's an analogy for you: There's a peice of s***, there are 3 million people, half of them are idiots, the other half are dissapointed people. The failpad is the s***, the 3 million idiots and dissapointed people are the failpad customers. @atopp399 Sorry! Its not my fault that cars seemed off topic on an article about the failpad and I didn't have the time to read all the comments to look at some analogy! @SuperYeti22 I TALK TO MYSELF BLAAAAA {Eagerly waiting for gamespot to notify me when I mention myself in a comment} PS: This is one of the funniest things you will ever see in a while!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ojz8lmwUZA&feature=related

atopp399
atopp399

SuperYeti22 It is called a comparison. Look it up sometime.

jshaas
jshaas

@SuperYeti22... "failpad?" Really? 3 million in 80 days is considered a fail now, hmm. Guess I need to make something and hope it fails that badly! I brought the car analogy to bring a different POV to the argument here. Just spouting off that random netbooks do more than the iPad doesn't carry much weight. A lot of those cheap netbooks are junk, and can't do what they're supposed to. Instead of comparing one high quality company (Apple) to a dozen so-so companies (netbook makers), I decided to compare two high quality companies in BMW and Honda. This allows for a better comparison to their products because they both produce at high quality. @IWKYB... You're about 6 days late on the multi-tasking jokes. iOS4 (released 21st) allows for multi-tasking on the iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone4. @OmegaGear... No, they're just giving everyone that's not a crazed PC fanboy thumbs down!! *waits eagerly for thumbing down*

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

Nothing like getting thumbed down for explaining someone else's analogy. Are you guys pissed you're too stupid to figure it out and need everything explained or something? lol

zidan4000
zidan4000

@lizzardman666 so damn true.

IWKYB
IWKYB

3 Million idiots they seem to cry...no multitask but I've got my aaaaaapps!

Jack_n_Coke07
Jack_n_Coke07

I tried the iPad today.....was rather nice for games and would be a hell of a lot nicer to show videos to friends than with my Macbook....but $600+ for a big iPod Touch is one retarded purchase. Not knocking the iPad, but what you don't get what you paid for.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@jshaas @atopp399 @OmegaGear @raydawg2000 WTF? I thought that this was about that failpad. Where the hell did cars come from, what the hell do they have to do with this?

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@weisguy119 ITS NOT A GIANT IPHONE!!!! Its a giant ipod touch. Can't u tell by its lack of camera and mic that it should have?

reesespiecesftw
reesespiecesftw

well thanks apple for keeping track of how many people have more money than brains... 3 million strong and counting

Dan21278
Dan21278

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chronolzx
chronolzx

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chronolzx
chronolzx

thats not a big accomplishment. I think feminine hygiene companies sell millions of maxi-pads everyday :D (no offense ladies)

Trogeton
Trogeton

well.. just like the kinect.. people think it won't sel because of the price.. well ONCE again they were all wrong

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Mac really needs to be called "Pretentious hipsters: buy this!"

MiniST
MiniST

I don't know where these 3 million ipads are, barely seen them. Most of the people that brought it probably too embarrassed to show it in public XD. And I don't think ipads are gonna do well internationally. You can fool your market, but u can't fool theirs :P

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Meh, or you could go get a cheap Laptop AND a ps3 or xbox360 slim... I think i`ll do that instead, i already have an "mini-ipad"(iphone) I have only seen two people that bought these. Both apple-a-holics. Both GREATLY regret buying it.. (inside i laugh, and dance the dance of life)

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

edit: Headline should have read: 80 million people ****ing staring blankly at a "flash required" error message, and then silently wondering how this was "internet in your hands".. well maybe "internet -80% of interactive entertainment and videos on the web". But then they realize they are TOTALLY COOL and TRENDY, and that soon EVERYONE in the movies will be using a HUGE ipod touch.. i mean ipad

smfes
smfes

a totally useful product whats so ever but it sure attracts people !

p2250
p2250

These 'iPad's' are selling more because of hype that Apple creates than its usefulness.

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

iPad is a gadget like no other. Touchscreen and some functionality of a laptop but much smaller and easier to carry around. Bring it home and put it on a dock attach a mouse and voila .... it's a netbook. cool show apple.

atopp399
atopp399

The car analogy is perfect but you are presenting it wrong in this case. In this case the iPad is like the performance of a Honda and the netbook is like the BMW. Yet people are paying more for the Honda than the BMW. That wouldn't make sense in the real world normally would it? Yet in this case Apple has fooled everyone into doing just that.

jshaas
jshaas

@raydawg... I knew that would happen. Guess I should have made that a little clearer. But, OmegaGear cleared that up nicely. @lizzardman666... since Steve Jobs said that the iPad will be a legit contender in portable gaming. Also, since GS covers mobile games for the iPhone and other devices.

lizzardman666
lizzardman666

Since when did Apple's bs become relevant in a gaming site.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

@raydawg No, he's saying that saying BMWs and Hondas are the same is just as ridiculous as the comparisons going on here. Everyone is saying laptops and netbooks do everything the ipad does for less, and most of the time better. The equivalent, according to jshaas, is that Hondas do the same thing as BMWs for less, which he implies is ridiculous to say. Chances are though, the people here relentlessly bashing all Apple products and Apple itself are probably the same people that relentlessly bash any kind of luxury car line.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

OMG!!! So revolutionary!! A giant $500 inconvenient ipod touch!! Damn! What will Steve Jobs think of next?

Tree06
Tree06

That's ridiculous.

weisguy119
weisguy119

Wow. People sure do like giant iPhones you can't make calls on.

raydawg2000
raydawg2000

@jshaas - wow seroiusly your going to say a BMW and a Honda are no different except being more expensive?? i guess all those idiot Lambo owners should all trade in for Smart cars then....gets you from Point A to Point B so same thing for a fraction of the price!!

jshaas
jshaas

@Conduras... Because the people buying it either have a laptop already, or don't need the full functionality of a laptop but would like a portable device anyway. @zequex... I agree 100%. I just don't understand why most here would rather bash Apple instead of being happy for the 3 million that bought the iPad. Your POV is perfect: "It's not for me, so I won't buy it." Well for those 3 million, it was for them. Just because it doesn't do what every PC fanboy thinks it should doesn't make it crap. Just because Apple's consumers are loyal to them and always buy Apple's latest gadgets doesn't make them idiots. That's like calling someone that buys BMW's instead of Hondas an idiot because the BMW is more expensive, but it doesn't really do anything better than the Honda. Both are cars, both get you from A to B. I'm just glad to see one more person on GS with some sense.

fionndruinne
fionndruinne

I really do hate Apple. I hate their business model, the fanaticism of their devotees, and the price-to-value ratio of their products. I don't hate the iPad, though, because I see its value, which is something that most of the people who have posted here obviously do not. That's alright, though, because in a few years, they will have a tablet in their hands, quite likely viewing GameSpot on it...

BigBigR
BigBigR

@feryl06 "You really hate Apple that much eh? What part of what I said was acting childish? I dont' see what "YOU" gain either for bashing Apple so 'why act all smug when you yourself arent' winning a single cent?'--back at ya. It's true--Apple 1 Haters 0. " When did I bash Apple? Just because I called your post childish doesn't mean I hate Apple. I might not buy their products or agree with their prices, but I understand why they're successful and respect them for that. You won't see me calling them names or saying their products suck, even if other people do. You don't see how your posts are childish? Let me help you: The fact that you can only see people as either Apple-haters or Apple-lovers, when the world is made not only of black and white, but also shades of gray. The fact that you keep acting like you're winning a game that does not exist. The fact that despite it all, you don't realize how childish your posts seem. The fact that instead of realizing all this, you keep trying to win this imaginary game, and "getting back at me". Come back and read them in a few years. For your own sake, I hope you realize how childish they are by then.