Apple sells 1 million iPads in first month

Apple has sold its one-millionth iPad in its first month, despite delays to its international launch.

The company says iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers,” says Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

Developers have created over 5,000 apps for iPad, in addition to the 200,000 apps already available on the App Store.

Last week, magazine industry experts at the PPA Annual Conference were warned that while the Apple iPad may offer a host of publishing opportunities, these may come with strings attached.

Its UK launch was delayed in order to handle demand in the US and it is set to become available at the end of the month.

Orange, Vodafone and O2 have all confirmed they will sell the model and offering bespoke price plans for the device. Smartphone operator 3, who has revamped its brand today, is also in talks with Apple to sell the iPad.

The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It is designed to be thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook, and aims to deliver battery life of up to 10 hours.

It includes 12 apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhones or iPod touch devices.

Apple says developers are already creating exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its multi-touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. Apple recently unveiled its latest software update, which includes a mobile advertising platform called iAd.

Apple announced the launch of the iPad in January. Since then, media companies have been launching compatible app formats for the new touchscreen device.

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