Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported it sold 1 million iPads in the gadget's first month of availability, nearly double the number of iPhones it sold during the iPhone's first month in service in June 2007. In addition, the company said iPad users have downloaded more than 12 million apps from the App Store and more than 1.5 million ebooks from the company's iBookstore.
But those figures do not include weekend sales of the iPad 3G (the version of the iPad that offers wireless connectivity via AT&T Mobility's (NYSE: T) 3G network). That device, which went on sale this weekend, did draw some lines. According to CNNMoney.com, the Apple flagship store in New York City had at least 330 customers lined up by the time the doors opened at 5 p.m. Friday.
Although unconfirmed by Apple, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G devices between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, including 52 days of pre-orders. Munster said that's about how the original iPad sold during its first day of availability, including 22 days of pre-orders. Nevertheless, many Apple stores were sold out of the device by Sunday. The cheapest version of the iPad 3G sells for $629, compared with the $499 pricetag on the original iPad, which features only WiFi connectivity.
And finally, although the iPad 3G has only been in consumers' hands for a few days, there are already reports that certain iPad apps perform differently when running on AT&T's 3G network. For example, according to iLounge, the device's YouTube app streams video at a lower quality over AT&T's network than on WiFi.
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