Apple has officially announced today that it sold 3 million units of its newly launched 4th Generation iPad and iPad Mini over the launch weekend. Though Apple has not specifically unveiled iPad Mini sales numbers, but these combined figures of the two new devices break the first week sales of Wi-Fi only models for 3rd Generation iPad.
Both the newly launched models of iPads were under a lot of criticism since their launch: iPad Mini was criticized for its price tag while on the other hand, 4th Generation iPad was criticized for its premature launch. However, these figures certainly prove that such criticism has had no effect on the sales. These sales figures only include the Wi-Fi models of iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad.
“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.” He added.
Packed with a 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance, weighing just 0.68 pounds, 53 percent lighter than Apple’s third generation iPad and just 0.28 inches thick, the iPad Mini made its debut during Apple’s special event at the California Theatre in San Jose on October 23, 2012 in California. There was also the unexpected announcement of iPad 4 featuring the same 9.7-inch Retina display but a new A6 chip, FaceTime HD camera, and ultrafast wireless performance.
iPad mini with Wi-Fi comes in white and silver or black and slate colors and is available in the US for a price of $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $529 for the 64GB model while the fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models are available in black or white for price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. Apple launched these new tablets on Friday in 34 countries while the company is expected to launch the cellular versions of these devices over the next few weeks.