Apple has announced that on June 21, the company sold its three millionth iPad, a sales milestone no doubt fueled by recently launched international sales of the device. Apple’s sales total is remarkable: the three millionth sale comes just 80 days after Apple launched the iPad, and just three weeks after the company announced it had sold two million iPads.
“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”
Apple plans to launch the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore in July. It is already available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The iPad’s strong sales continue to raise the bar for what any competing tablet products will have to match and exceed to be a credible force in the marketplace…and several companies are working on launching a variety of tablet devices in time for the end of the year buying season, including devices based on Android and Windows 7.