By John Axelrod
Apple has sold three million new iPads just three days after their release. The combined first weekend sales of the iPad mini and fourth generation model are double that of the previous first weekend record set by the release of the third generation in March.
So far customer feedback to Apple’s newest products had been as positive as ever.
“I love the iPad mini so far, I’ve owned two previous versions of the iPad but the size and portability of this version is unparalleled,” said NYC resident Travis Owen. “You can comfortably hold it in one hand, and type easily with your thumbs. If anything my only complaint is the screen, I can’t wait for a retina display mini to unlock its true potential.”
The new tablets are so popular that demand for them is outpacing supply. Many pre-ordered models have yet to be shipped.
“We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”
Some of the iPad mini’s new features are a 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, camera, and ten hours of battery life. The fourth generation model features retina display. The new tablets come in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + cellular models with storage capacity ranging from 16-64 Gigabytes. Prices range from $329-$699. They are currently available in 34 countries and are expected to be on the market in many more by the end of the year.