The new iPad – featuring a Retina display, A5X chip with quad-core graphics and 5 megapixel iSight camera – went on sale at 8am in Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands last Friday, attracting crowds outside Apple Stores and authorised resellers around the world.
The sale marks the highest number of iPads units sold following a launch, with that figure set to increase as the tablet is released in 24 more countries on Friday March 23.
“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
The countries gearing up for this week’s launch include; 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.