Apple on Monday announced that it had sold one million iPads as of Friday last week, a faster sales pace than the iPhone.
Apple also said users had downloaded more than 12 million applications from the iTunes app store and that 1.5 million books have been downloaded through Apple’s iBookstore. The iBookstore sells books only for the iPad, but Apple said it expected to sell books for the iPhone this year.
Apple also said there were now 5,000 iPad-specific apps available for the device. The top-selling applications in the App Store have remained relatively unchanged since the device went on sale last month. Apple’s own productivity suite including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, all analogous to Microsoft’s Office products, remain the top grossing apps along with the games Pinball, Real Racing HD and Scrabble.
Steve Jobs said in a statement that the milestone of one million devices is “half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone.” He also said that “demand continues to exceed supply.” Earlier this month, Apple announced in a press release that it was going to “postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May.”
Over the weekend the iPad 3G went on sale. There were reports over the weekend that the 3G model quickly sold out as shoppers waited in line to buy the latest offering.
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