Apple Reaches Million iPad Milestone

I previously argued that once Apple reached a million iPads that would be a "psychologically significant" milestone; it would show that there was finally a market for tablets and the clone wars would also begin. Last week Chitika estimated that more than a million iPads had been sold and today Apple confirmed it in a press release:

Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore . . . Developers have created over 5,000 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 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. 

The only viable iPad challengers at the moment are probably as-yet-unreleased Android tablets (the rumor is that a Google tablet is imminent). HP is developing the Windows 7 Slate (which will likely fail) and may have decided to kill the project after announcing the acquisition of WebOS maker Palm. That remains unconfirmed. WebOS can also be the basis for a viable Slate offering. 

The presence or absence of Flash is unlikely to be a determinative factor in the success or failure of any of these devices. Regardless, now that the iPad has crossed the one-million threshold, it's "game on" for this new computing platform. 

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Related: Apple's iPad 3G estimated to have sold 300K on launch weekend