Apple: 3 Million iPads in 80 Days

The iPad is on fire. This morning Apple announced that it had sold its three millionth iPad in the space of 80 days:

Apple today announced that it sold its three millionth iPad yesterday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US. iPad is a revolutionary and magical product that allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before . . .

Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch . . .

Before its introduction there were many skeptics who doubted the viability of the tablet category and whether people would want the iPad in particular. Now hardware OEMs are scrambling to develop an answer to the iPad and eBook Readers are dropping in price to remain commercially viable.  

By the end of 2010, when there will be Android tablets in the market, Apple will probably have sold at least 8 million iPads on a global basis. It wouldn't be a stretch to predict 10 million sold globally.