1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    Before the weekend had even begun, we all expected an announcement from Apple on Monday. With so much talk and hype about record opening weekend sales for the new iPad, we were ultra-confident that Apple would announce Monday that the company sold at least 1 million units of the third-generation tablet over the weekend.

    Well, Monday came, and - as expected - we got an announcement from Apple. But it wasn't about the iPad. As Phillip Swanson covered in detail on MMi this morning, Apple today announced plans to initiate a dividend and share repurchase program. But there was one small yet significant morsel of information revealed today regarding the new iPad.

    "We had a record weekend and we're thrilled with it," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in reference to the new device's availability. No numbers, sales projections, or other data was dished. But Apple saw a record opening weekend. As of this writing, however, it remains to be seen when Apple will dazzle us with some specifics.

    But when it comes to dazzling, Apple will do just that later this week when the new iPad makes a huge international debut across a boatload of new countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

    Source: Apple
    2012-03-19 06:14 PM
  2. hitman10's Avatar
    How is the title "record weekend" then you say how got no numbers from apple. But must its be a record weekend, lets wait until it is released worldwide. Seriously...
    2012-03-19 06:52 PM
  3. Jahooba's Avatar
    It's no surprise that Apple would have its best iPad release yet.
    2012-03-19 07:00 PM
  4. mxn's Avatar
    How is the title "record weekend" then you say how got no numbers from apple. But must its be a record weekend, lets wait until it is released worldwide. Seriously...
    ... he was quoting Apple. Clearly the new iPad is an all-around success, did ANYONE doubt that it would be?
    2012-03-19 07:06 PM
  5. KUMA999's Avatar
    well I went to Best Buy this morning to by a new Ipad for a friend , and wasn't any line or people trying to buy it and they got a bunch to sell . Thus time was totally different. They have to cane up with a something really new. The changes where great , but no enough to spend $535 again ... sorry Apple.
    2012-03-19 08:14 PM
  6. steve-z17's Avatar
    Of course the new iPad made record sells, people go bananas for the latest and greatest Apple product.
    2012-03-19 08:19 PM
  7. fleurya's Avatar
    well I went to Best Buy this morning to by a new Ipad for a friend , and wasn't any line or people trying to buy it and they got a bunch to sell . Thus time was totally different. They have to cane up with a something really new. The changes where great , but no enough to spend $535 again ... sorry Apple.
    Just because they have them available to buy doesn't mean they didn't sell tons. Most people pre-ordered so they wouldn't have to wait in line. And maybe, for once, Apple actually built up enough supply to meet their crushing demand for their latest and greatest product. And, really, it is a totally different product. They basically changed everything about it except the general design, the CPU and front camera. Everything else was improved.

    The 4S was a totally new phone except in appearance and it crushed sales expectations, selling over 30 million units in a single quarter! Most companies would kill for those numbers for a product's entire life-cycle!

    Don't waste your sorrys on Apple, they're going to e rolling in cash. Don't feel sorry for me,as an iPad 2 upgrader either, since selling my iPad 2 resulted in only $100 cost to upgrade: well worth the updates.
    2012-03-19 09:20 PM
  8. cuti86's Avatar
    There will be ton of New Ipads return back to the stores after 15 or 30 days returning policy expires. Lot of Scalper buyers ordered from Apple online stores or bought as many as they could from retail stores open last friday and put them on craigslist for up to $200 over cost prices. This time all the scalpers got burn, right now you can find the some prices from craigslist go down to even the price cost.
    2012-03-19 10:05 PM
  9. santacruzlocal's Avatar
    Of course you can have "Record Sales" when you make the most available to the public this time!
    2012-03-19 11:41 PM
  10. Orby's Avatar
    Of course you can have "Record Sales" when you make the most available to the public this time!
    Logistics is Tim Cook's specialty, after all. Can't sell what you don't have.

    Even after three million plus sold in the first weekend (source), many Apple Stores still have almost every SKU in stock, some have them all.

    The 4S and the iPad third-gen have had ample supply around launch (and later), and yet they're still breaking sales records, both at their launches and with fairly sustained demand through the product's life cycle.
    2012-03-19 11:58 PM
  11. teej1410's Avatar
    Of coarse, it's just getting better and better.
    2012-03-20 02:05 AM
  12. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
    Of course the new iPad made record sells, people go bananas for the latest and greatest Apple product.
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    2012-03-20 04:56 PM
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