Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads since its launch on Friday, smashing analyst expectations and continuing Apple's domination of the tablet market.
The largest estimate for sales of the new iPad peaked at 2.5 million. In a release on the news, Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller said: "The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold?the strongest iPad launch yet ... 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."
Apple didn't announce sales last year, so there is no year-on-year comparison. However, to put the sales into context, Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4Ss on its launch weekend and considering that the iPhone is a much bigger product overall for Apple, the comparable sales are a good sign for the new iPad.
The new iPad launch has not been a smooth road however as users have complained about the heat generated by the device and Dutch website Tweakers has revealed that the tablet runs ten degrees hotter than its predecessor.