Apple has announced that it sold three million iPads in the three days between Friday and Sunday. The iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display wifi models became available for the first time on Friday. Cellular versions won’t be available until later in the year.
The figure is double the 1.5 million wifi versions of the iPad 3 it sold over the first weekend that iPad was available in March.
‘Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad, said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. ‘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.’
Apple’s announcement came as IDC released figures which showed that the iPad had lost share in the tablet market as a whole. It fell from 65.5% in Q2 2012 to 50.4% in Q3.
Apple reported last month that it sold 14m iPads between July and September, a figure which disappointed analysts.