iPad mini and iPad 4 went on sale in 34 countries on Friday, November 2nd.
Apple has issued the following statement on their site:
Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad—double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the US and in many more countries later this year.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had this to say about the launch:
Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. 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.
Here’s some perspective on the numbers. It took Apple 28 days to sell the first million iPad units and 80 days to sell 3 million units. Apple set a record when it sold 3 million iPad 3’s in less than 4 days back in March, which was available in 10 countries initially.
We expect a significant portion of the 3 million units to be iPad mini as the iPad 4 is essentially a tweaked version of iPad 3.