Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Apple sells 1m iPads

04.05.10 | Catherine Neilan in The Bookseller

More than one million iPads have been sold since the device launched on 3rd April, Apple announced this weekend. Users have already downloaded 1.5m e-books from the iBookstore, and 12m apps.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said: "One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers."

Shortly after launching in the US, Apple announced it was having to delay the international launch by a month, to the end of May, citing "surprisingly strong US demand". Pre-orders will be taken from 10th May, according to the company's website.

This weekend, US media reported that the country's Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission were in discussions over initiating an inquiry into whether Apple's demand that programmers develop apps that can run only on the company's devices was anti-competitive.

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