Last Friday the new third-generation Apple iPad went on sale in countries around the world. Excited consumers, including myself, lined up at stores or stalked the delivery truck in anticipation of getting their hands on the newest iteration of Apple’s best-selling tablet. Yesterday, Apple released the first weekend sales data and it turns out that a whopping 3 million Apple iPads were sold over the course of just a few days.


Two of those 3 million iPads ended up in my house, replacing a single first-generation WiFi-only iPad. The new iPad is a significant upgrade over the original model — the display is stunning, the processor is noticeably faster and the cameras make for some family FaceTime fun.


Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, confirms that the newest iPad is the best-selling model yet. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with 3 million sold ― the strongest iPad launch yet. Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”


Unlike the iPad 2, the newest version was available outside of the United States on launch day, which contributed to the blockbuster sales figures. Consumers in Australia, Canada, France, Japan and several other countries were able to purchase the new iPad on March 16. On March 23, the iPad will make its way to consumers in an additional 24 countries including Austria, Greece, Macau, Spain and Sweden.

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