Apple has just announced sales of three million iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads in just three days from their debut. The Cupertino giant says this is double the previous weekend milestone of 1.5 million iPad 3s sold in March 2011.
Counting only Wi-Fi models for now – since the cellular versions are yet to ship – Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, says “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,” says the Apple CEO.
Apple confirms that both tablet models are available in 34 countries including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and the UK.
Per Apple’s announcement, the iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display (fourth generation) will be available “in many more countries” in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve, including mainland China.
The Cupertino company also notes that “Demand for iPad mini exceeded the initial supply and while many of the pre-orders have been shipped to customers, some are scheduled to be shipped later this month.”
Lastly, Apple makes a mentioning regarding the cellular models, confirming that both iPad mini and fourth generation iPads are slated to ship “in a few weeks in the US and in many more countries later this year.”
The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch non-Retina display with 1024x768 resolution, front- and rear-facing cameras, fast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life.
The full-size fourth generation iPad has a bigger 9.7-inch Retina display and packs Apple’s custom-crafted A6X chip with blazing-fast graphics and insane processing power.