Early-bird iFans have propelled the new iPad to sales of three million since last Friday, helping the third-gen slate seal the title of Apple’s most successful tablet launch ever.
The slate, which is receiving uniformly gushing notices in the tech press and mainstream media alike, racked up the landmark figure within three days of going on sale on March 16th.
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president, said: "The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold - the strongest iPad launch yet".
Take-up for the device still being informally dubbed the iPad 3 underscores the extent to which the iPad still dominates the tablet space, after the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range, efforts from HTC and the BlackBerry PlayBook made a nugatory impact in terms of mind and marketshare.
News of Apple’s latest triumph has, however, been tempered somewhat by reports that some new iPad users are experiencing overheating problems. At the time of writing, Cupertino had yet to respond to the raft of consumer testimonies on forums.
Dubbed ‘resolutionary’ and ‘amazing’ by the characteristically cocksure marketing types at Apple, the new iPad improves on its predecessor with the addition of an HD screen and a brawny A5X processor.
It’s also home to an improved five megapixel iSight camera and offers a kind of Siri-lite dictation text input feature.