Apple sells 3 million new iPads in first weekend

Cupertino technology giant's new 4G-enabled tablet computer off to a red-hot start, good for "strongest iPad launch" ever.

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Apple sold 3 million new iPads since the tablet launched on Friday, March 16, the company announced today. This marks the "strongest iPad launch" to date, according to the technology giant.

The new iPad is off to a strong start.

The news comes on the same day that Apple announced it would offer shareholders a quarterly dividend and access to a stock repurchasing program.

The new iPad was revealed at an Apple event in San Francisco earlier this month. It starts at $500 and boasts 4G network support, a new retina display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and battery life of up to 10 hours.

Apple also cut the price of the iPad 2 from $500 to $400 for introductory models this month. For more on the new iPad, check out GameSpot's launch primer.

Discussion

128 comments
NeoTaintedAngel
NeoTaintedAngel

Those damn hipsters. They just wanted to say they got the new iPad before it was cool.

cleafus2
cleafus2

Sounds like Jealousy to me guys.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Wormkid_64 I like your thinking!! First thing I'm doing to Australia is making mature/violent games legal. But I'll demand 50% of all profits just because I can.. Oh an EVERYONE has to wear fancy dress outfits for the entire time. We have a deal :D

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@warhawk-geeby Yes.Since you've helped refine my plans,once I'm Supreme Overlord Potentate of the planet Earth I shall reward you. Unlike everyone else,you will be permitted to utter any sound you want,and you will own Australia and New Zealand,to repay you for your services.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

In a related story: there are 3 million gullible idiots, who are willing to pay 1000% premium for a gadget.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@zequex "Do you want a light fancy ebook reader or a computer?" - LMAO

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

what? I thought the ipad4 was released already oh wait that is next 6 months

zequex
zequex

@Sigil-otaku I think that anyone who buys a keyboard for their tablet deserves to be mocked mercilessly in public. 1) You but a tablet over a laptop (even though it can do a fraction of the features for about the same price) spouting the mantra that "we don't need keyboards anymore!" 2) You buy a keyboard for it marking you as A) Gullible B) Wrong C) wasteful with your finances D) Technologically illiterate and E) a poor consumer with bad judgement and discretion. 3) If you the USE the keyboard in public you are A) in denial B) ignorant C) a hipster Just make up your mind. Do you want a light fancy ebook reader or a computer? An iPad is just a giant phone that can't make calls or a preschool laptop with the keyboard broken off. It is NOT a computer replacement.

zequex
zequex

Apple fans do realize that the hardware in the iPad 3 is mostly Samsung parts, right?

robde
robde

how much did the psvita sale again. apple sold more 3 million the first week.Wow

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

Last time I ate Apple I felt sick...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Wormkid_64 Sounds like a brilliant idea to be fair! Don't forgot the yearly firmware updates/DLC though to keep bringing your money in. Oh yeah, and of course remember to include pre-order bonuses!! *Wriggle Wriggle*

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@warhawk-geeby Yeah I can't believe I've overlooked this for so long. I've literally thought of several ways of taking over the world,from conditioning unborn fetuses to bend to my will via subliminal messaging in music,to using stupid videos on the internet to gain a worldwide following,but it seems the solution has presented itself in the annual pseudo upgrades of the iPad and CoD. All I have to do is make something shiny,convince people how great it is,and in one year,convince them that it's total garbage and that they need to get the new one,because "all the cool people are getting it." Soon the world shall wriggle in my grasp.....

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the point is?

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

I have loved Apple for a long time and I still think OS X is so superior (especially with a touchpad), but seriously... the 4S and the new iPad seem pretty underwhelming.

soulless4now
soulless4now

And so the iPad 4 speculation begins next month.

Erebus
Erebus

This time around, the "sheeple" analogy holds true. It's basically the same device with a few upgrades and a few problems. Maybe I'm speaking too soon, but I think the iPhone 4S began a new era for Apple: the mediocre product era. We'll know for sure if that's true when the iPhone 5 comes later this year. I find it very discouraging that non-graphics companies are setting up their workstations with Macs instead of PCs. This is an epidemic of stupidity.

alenth
alenth

these people wants to feel cool, no matter how much money they spend on the same crap over and over again.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

P.S. iPad 3 has a confirmed overheating issue.

Indyskater
Indyskater

New iPad out? Dang, I'm no longer cool with my iPad 2. Will upgrade soon so I can show off to my friends how cool I am.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I respect that ipads are good devices, don't know about there prices or the lack of gaming interaction via a joypad / kb/m, limited software (OS choices and other stuff), weak storage space etc. In the end it works for what it's meant to but it's sad they don't make it like the PC where you can upgrade it, have more freedom and a better way to interact with it etc. Ipads seem like they work but they're a step off quite being right, like a laptop is closer but needs a way to be smaller to be more on the go etc. I don't know, it just seems like even the people who buy them only buy them because they want cool gadgets or great techy things. The next step is to have one of those really thin silicon bendy keyboards or something that can wrap around a tablet so you get the keyboards capaability too.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

3 million sold? People have no restraint to buy 'new and shiny' nowadays.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@thebeachguy90 I never said anything about the sales defining the quality of the iPad (or any other device). [quote="Hvac0120"]Not everyone is going to agree that the value of worth that the product provides is equal to the cost paid for said product. But such is the nature of business.[/quote] My opinion is that the iPad currently offers the best all-around experience. But I did mention that there are other options that are more suitable for other people depending on their needs. [quote="Hvac0120"]Is iOS better than Android? I say it depends on what you're trying to do with it.[/quote]

Scorpion2929
Scorpion2929

The pinnacle of capitalism: Whats the point of innovating when you can just sell the same old crap over and over?

torres_unix
torres_unix

While I still consider the iPad to be somewhat of an expensive toy, it can eventually become a very useful tool for business and gaming. Provided Apple can lax those draconian app review restrictions. The "end of the PC" people or the ones who claim this is a replacement for PC might as well hope that the PS3 is a replacement for the PC as well. There are three things that will keep the PC going for a long time: 1. Open enviroment, you run what you want, emulate what you want, program in whatever language you want. 2. If it's slugging behind in the graphics arena, pop another card in. 3. There are enough free apps out there to do what you want it to do. The only draw-back is that it's not available in 1/2 a laptop form, yet...

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Hvac0120 I've never used an Ipad before so I can't comment on how good it is. But I'm just going to let you know that sales doesn't always equal quality.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@zequex I agree, the iPad is nothing but a status symbol and/or a fashion accessory. Hit the nail on the head.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Technology changes and it's not always the "sheep" making the purchases every year. A good product sells because people know it's a good product. Not everyone is going to agree that the value of worth that the product provides is equal to the cost paid for said product. But such is the nature of business. The iPad is the best tablet out there. And it's not only because of great hardware, but because of the software that developers have put on it and the OS behind the apps. Is iOS better than Android? I say it depends on what you're trying to do with it.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

OMG all these people got duped on their Core i7 Sandy Bridge computers! There's a new Intel processor every year! These people must be sheep continuing the buy the new processor every year! All they do is marginally improve! How? Why? OMG!!! OMG I can't believe all these people just bought an HDTV with 1080p! Ultra-high resolution is coming out now. OMG they are so stupid! OMG! I can't believe all these companies just switched to Windows 7 when window 8 is coming this year! OMG they're stupid! OMG! OMG! OMG!

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

everytime i wonder, why? how? and everytime i do not know..

surppo
surppo

@spacemancer i was unaware i was being graded for grammar on a game comment section. i use my android to post comments while watching tv. if i had an ipad my grammar would prolly be much better because my fingers too big to do proper typing or correct my mistakes. yes i am aware of that not all ipads have a dedicated connection but i have wifi, so it would still fit my needs around the house. i also am bothered by the smugness iproducts breed, but to blame apple itself is just as stupid. i hope you are mature enough to see that, since your grammar seems to indicate that you are.

Primevil702
Primevil702

As a person who reads pretty much exclusively through digital forms, ePub, mobi, and PDF. I absolutely love the new upgrade, this is what I wanted my iPad 2 to be. Luckily, this will be the last upgrade for about 2-3 years - baring a substantial gain in battery life, there's really nothing apple can add to this device that could entice me to upgrade again.

carlisledavid79
carlisledavid79

I'm convinced Apple could market and sell sand. Bringing out new sand each year.

strayfies
strayfies

Man, I am in the wrong business.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

The iPad is becoming the next Call of Duty.

TheDWD27
TheDWD27

I sometimes wonder what has happend to humanity.....

buying1999
buying1999

Can you believe the loyalty of the Apple customer base? I mean there's people buying ipad3 that just got ipad2 in Dec 11'. That's crazy. I have to agree that they're "Sheep". I mean really? These things are cheap either. "A fool and his money are soon parted." Just remember that.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Wormkid_64 Genius. You should sell it to them!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Next year,Activision and Apple team up to bring you....... The iCoDPad!Combine your two favorite annual money sinks into one expensive,rapidly outdated package!Preorders starting now.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Oh well in that case,trade in your handhelds,home consoles,desktop PCs,TVs,automobiles,and underwear! You don't need any of those things anymore! The iPad 3 is here and it's going to revolutionize the world,so you won't need that other stuff. You'll look like a knuckle dragging ape if you aren't seen using an app to get to work. They've got apps for everything! In fact,I'm going to stop eating,and just download nutrition into my iPad,because that's the future. I really hope I don't have to explain that this is sarcasm. @Triton I can,most people can,PCs aren't really that expensive if you know where to look.And...no. I'd only get a new computer when the one I have isn't powerful enough for the games I play or it broke.If it still works,I'm not pumping money into some company's pocket for the annual purchase of a device that should last several years.

franzito
franzito

Seriously, these kind of news only interests people who are into tablet and social gaming. Praising it equals to fuel them.

lm316
lm316

holy crap, android tablets dont even surpased the 3 million mark all combined

Triton
Triton

They make an iPad every year. Whats the big deal? - Tech changes. I would rather see people who actually have one bash the device instead of the folks who do not or cannot afford it. Would you not upgrade your computer every year or two if you could afford it?