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The analysts can stop wringing their hands in anticipation, because Apple has just announced some first weekend sales figures for the company's latest iPad models, and they effectively double the previous launch.
Apple has issued its typical press release on Monday following the debut of the iPad mini and fourth-gen iPad on Friday. While the third-generation iPad sold an impressive 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models back in March, the combined muscle of the small and large iPad effectively doubled that number this time around.
“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”
Of course, the company's "three million units sold" figure doesn't break out the iPad mini from the more expensive fourth-gen iPad, although with the diminutive model starting at only $329, it's not hard to image the iPad mini made up the bulk of those sales.
The iPad mini remains backordered on Apple's online store and remains in limited supply even at retail, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular model still expected to ship in mid-November. The fourth-gen iPad has slipped to a ship time of three to five days, but otherwise appears to be holding strong.
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