iPad debut hotter than iPhone’s

Associated Press / May 4, 2010

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CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc. sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the first month after its launch, meaning it has been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new.

Yesterday, Apple said that it reached the milestone Friday, when the 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers. That model can access AT&T’s cellular broadband network. The first models had only Wi-Fi access.

“One million iPads in 28 days — that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,’’ said chief executive Steve Jobs. Demand keeps exceeding supply for the tablet, he added.

The iPad went on sale in the United States April 3. Apple has delayed the international launch of the device, saying US sales were unexpectedly strong. It’s planning to start taking orders for the iPad from international buyers on May 10.

The iPad is half an inch thick and has a 9.7-inch screen. The Wi-Fi-only models start at $499, and the 3G models at $629.