If there was any lingering doubt, Apple has a hit on its
hands with the iPad. In just 60 days, the company has sold 2 million of the
devices. To put that in comparison, it took the iPhone 74 days to sell just 1
That count could have been even higher had it not been for
some retail shortages. Whereas the iPhone was limited to the tech early adopter
crowd, the iPad has been a hit with the broad population – enticing mainstream
users at an unheard of rate.
"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic
of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Apple CEO Steve
Jobs in a statement. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard
to build enough iPads for everyone."
Games have been among the most popular apps for the device,
but video functionality is making a strong showing as well. ABC and Netflix, in
particular, have seen tremendous success on the iPad. Apple’s well-documented
fight with Adobe over Flash have kept other key players, including NBC and Time
Warner on the sidelines so far, though.
International expansion of the iPad is already underway,
with the device now on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. It will roll out in another nine
countries in July and more throughout the year.