Apple: We Sold 2M iPads in 60 Days

Over the weekend, numerous stories appeared of people excitedly queuing in London or Toyko to get their hands on the iPad. This morning Apple put out a press release that said the company has now cross the two-million devices sold threshold:

Apple® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year . . .

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 various Windows Mobile and Android rivals are just starting to come into the market. The promising ASUS Eee Pad (tablet with docking keyboard) won't be out until next year apparently. But there will be dozens of Android tablets hitting the shelves by the end of this year or early next year.

The two primary ways that they'll compete with the iPad is with Flash and on price. For example the One Laptop Per Child initiative will now become an Android tablet, selling for a hypothetical price of $75.

If we start to see Android tablets selling for $100 or $200 they will become very successful. Indeed, as Apple occupies the "premium" segment of the tablet market, Android tablet OEMs will probably be compelled to compete on price -- pushing them ever lower.