Apple sells three million iPads in opening weekend

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iPad mini and fourth generation iPad combined average one million sales per day, with Apple stating it “practically sold out” of the former 

Apple has sold three million iPad mini and fourth generation iPads combined during their first weekend on sale.

The figure is double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

The iPad mini with Wi-Fi (pictured) has a 7.9-inch screen, FaceTime HD video calling and 10 hours of battery life. It is available in white or black and costs £269 for the 16GB model, £349 for the 32GB model and £429 for the 64GB model.

The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi is powered by Apple’s new A6X chip and has a 9.7-inch Retina display and FaceTime HD camera. This also available in white and black and costs £399 for the 16GB model, £479 for the 32GB model and £559 for the 64GB model.

Both products are on sale in 34 countries, including the UK, available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorised resellers.

The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both products will be available in the US in the next few weeks, with more countries to follow later this year.

The iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be priced at £369 for the 16GB model, £449 for the 32GB model and £529 for the 64GB model.

The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be priced at £499 for the 16GB model, £579 for the 32GB model and £659 for the 64GB model.

In addition, the iPad 2 is now available at £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and £479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

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