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article imageApple sells three million new iPads in first weekend of sales

By Andrew Moran     Mar 19, 2012 in Technology
Cupertino - Since the new Apple iPad debuted on Mar. 16 in the United States, Canada and elsewhere around the world, the third generation tablet has already generated more than three million sales. When it reaches 24 more countries, how much more will be sold?
Do you own the latest Apple iPad yet?
Apple announced Monday in a press release that it has sold more than three million third generation tablet units since it debuted on Mar. 16 in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The near $500 (USD) 16GB model will be available in 24 more countries starting Friday at 8 a.m. (local time) in nations such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
This new model has several new features, including a new Retina display, new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a five megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video and a 10-hour battery life (depending on user settings).
“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Phillip Schiller, senior vice president of WorldWide Marketing, in a press release. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
Will Apple lovers slow down any time soon? If previous numbers are any indicators, like when the iPhone 4S was released last autumn and more than four million customers purchased the new smartphone within the first three days, then no.
There have been reports that some users are experiencing the device overheating, which is more than its predecessor. They even receive an error message informing the user that the iPad needs to cool down.
Another issue some have complained about is the weight of the tablet. The latest iPad is a couple of ounces heavier than the iPad 2 due to the better battery and improved graphics processor.
Did you purchase the iPad 3? Then send us your feedback about the product.
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