Apple Marks 3 Million iPad Units Sales

iPadApple continues to surpass predictions of sales for its latest gadget.

On Tuesday, June 22, the company announced that the iPad has already reached 3 millions units in sales. The iPad was launched 80 days ago. Early forecasts indicate that about 5-8 million units will be sold within the year. At the rate the gadget is going, that forecast may be easily achieved, more over, surpassed.

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple 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.”

The iPad was launched in the United States last April. It was released in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom last month. It will be released in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore next month.

The announcement was in time to the slashing of prices for electronic book readers Kindle and Nook. They are now being sold at $189 and $199, respectively. Meanwhile, Kobo, will now be sold with a $20 gift card.

Analyst Richard Doherty explained the popularity of iPad. He said, “It’s fashionable and it’s ‘in’ and it’s less geeky than a keyboard. It’s the new definition of ‘it.’ ”

Another gadget of the company, the iPhone 4, will hit shelves starting Thursday, June 24.