Apple has just announced that it sold over three million new iPads and iPad minis in their first weekend of availability. The company says that this is double the previous record of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only iPads that were sold in March when the the third-generation iPad initially went on sale. Unfortunately, Apple does not delineate how many iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads it sold, but lumps them all together in the three million figure.
Demand for the iPad mini 'exceeded the initial supply'
When Apple had reported three million sales of the third-generation iPad in its first weekend of availability in March, it accounted for both Wi-Fi-only and cellular equipped models. The company says that cellular versions of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will be available in the US in the coming weeks, with a global availability to follow soon after that.
The iPad mini was announced on October 23rd with pre-orders going live on the 26th. Pre-orders for the highly anticipated device quickly sold out, with wait times stretching out to two weeks or more. Apple says that demand for the iPad mini "exceeded the initial supply" and that while some customers received their pre-ordered units on November 2nd, others will be getting them later this month.