Apple sells 3m iPads in 80 days


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Houston, June 24

Apple sold its three millionth iPad 80 days after its introduction in the US and just two days before the release of the company's new iPhone 4 for which there have already been 600,000 pre-orders.

Apple said that iPad is a revolutionary and magical device with a colour touchscreen that allows users to connect with their applications, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way.

"People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

"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," he added. Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new applications for iPad.

The iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 applications on the App Store, including those already purchased for iPhone or iPod touch. The announcement comes amid supply problems, which have slowed sales across the country.

Apple is now selling about a million iPads a month.

The Cupertino company said it had sold its first million about a month after the April 3 kickoff, and its second million by May 31.