Apps for iPad surpass 5,000 as device sales top 2 million

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced its iPad tablet sales topped 2 million less than 60 days after the unit's U.S. retail launch on April 3, adding that developers have now written more than 5,000 new applications created expressly for the device and its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and improved graphics capabilities. Over the weekend, Apple began selling the iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K., adding that sales will expand into nine more international markets in July and continue to extend into additional countries throughout the remainder of the year.

According to data compiled by app store analytics firm Distimo last month, 80 percent of all iPad applications fall into the Paid Apps segment--by comparison, 73 percent of iPhone and iPod touch applications carry premium price tags, while the average iPad app costs $4.67, as opposed to $3.82 on iPhone. Medical apps for iPad lead the way at an average price of $42.11, followed by Finance apps at $18.48; on the iPhone, Medical apps average $10.74, and Finance apps average $5.74.

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