Apple iPad sells double the estimated number; sales touch 700,000 units in debut weekend

April 5, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It has been a dream debut for the Apple iPad, if the numbers are to be believed. Apple Inc is said to have sold double the estimated number of iPads in its debut weekend. It is being reported that the iPad’s initial sales touched 700,000 units. After being launched in the market place on April 3, the iPad sales zoomed to this number, compared with the predicted sales of 200,000 to 300,000.

Stores across the US saw crowds in a frenzy shopping for the new tablet device over the weekend. The crowd hysteria even put to shame the scene that saw shoppers thronging stores when the iPhone was introduced in 2007.

Building on the success of iPhone and iPod, the iPad with a design that is ultimately luring attracted the consumers who were willing to pay $499 for the device. Though some think it has been overpriced, many went ahead and spent the amount as they though the device to be so unique and ultimately sexy. The weekend saw hundreds of shoppers queuing up even before stores opened. Many new owners seemed happy that they can surf the Internet, peruse digital books, watch video and play games on the iPad. Many, though the bought their piece, seemed to be irked a bit as Apple hasn’t included a built-in camera or support for Adobe Systems’ Flash software.

The numbers augur well for Apple. The iPad is a success and a huge one at that. Have you bought yours? What do you feel about the device if you were among those shoppers who lined up early for the shops to open on April 3?

(Via Business Week)

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