Apple’s new iPad is proving to be incredibly popular with customers all over the globe. AT&T released a brief statement indicating that they set a new single-day record for iPad sales and activations. They didn’t release any hard numbers. Here’s what they said:
On Friday, March 16, AT&T set a new single-day record for its iPad sales and activations, demonstrating robust demand for the new iPad on the nation’s largest 4G network, covering nearly 250 million people.
Apple launched the new iPad in 10 countries on March 16th, 2012 including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. According to recent reports, the US got an early launch at Wal-Mart stores which started selling at 12:01 AM local time. Long lineups were a popular site in major cities, however, Apple was able to retain iPad stock in many U.S. locations. Apple hasn’t released actual sales numbers for the intial launch yet. But we do know that the original iPad sold 300,000 units in the first day and went on to sell over 1 million units by 28 days. Apple never released how many iPad 2′s were sold, but long lines and sales shortages were common in the weeks after its initial launch.
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Interestingly, the new iPad is attracting more new buyers than owners of the original iPad, at least according to a survey by investment firm USB. 46% of the New York City customers waiting in line for the new iPad last Friday were first time buyers. 38% were upgrading from the original iPad. The company didn’t comment further what the responses were of the remaining 16%. Perhaps they visited the nearby iHospital New York City to trade-in their old iPads? Read more about iHospital’s Buy Back Policy if you’re interested in doing so yourself!
During a recent financial conference call, one analyst questioned if Apple would be releasing a press report about exact numbers relating to the new iPad. Apple sidestepped the answer by refocusing the conversation on their dividend announcement. They did say that they had a “record weekend” and were “thrilled with it”.
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