Apple finally unveiled it’s third generation tablet to the world on March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. The company started shipping the New iPad on March 16. Apple Retail Stores in 10 initial launch countries were opened for the very first time at 8 a.m. to cater to the huge crowds of people that line up outside stores each year to buy the new Apple product. Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed earlier today that the company sold a record number of New iPads over the weekend.
So how exactly is this news? Apple’s claim is shocking for some people to say the least. The New iPad looks exactly the same as it’s predecessor. Apple released the iPad 2 back in March 2011 and it immediately became a hit only because it was drastically different than the original iPad. It was thinner, it was sleeker and it was downright better. This time around, Apple has made no cosmetic changes at all and many questioned this decision. However once again Apple has proved that looks come second to the whole ecosystem of a device, and it has pulled that off beautifully.
The New iPad comes with a gorgeous new Retina Display, with 264 pixels-per-inch the human eye can’t even discern an individual pixel. There’s a new A5X processor with 1GB RAM and a quadcore graphics chip which takes the iPad gaming experience to a whole new level. A new 5 megapixel iSight camera of the back is capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second. 4G LTE compatibility with AT&T and Verizon offers blazing fast speeds. All of this fitted in the body previously used for iPad 2. Believe it or not, Apple has already sold out it’s initial pre-order stock while thousands of people lined up outside stores in 10 initial countries to buy a New iPad.
Last year the iPad 2 was estimated to have sold somewhere between 500,000 to 10,00,000 units during it’s first weekend. At that time, Apple confirmed that they had sold 300,000 iPad 2 units on launch day. Apple CEO Tim Cook during a conference call today said: “We had a record weekend and we’re thrilled with it.” However he did not reveal any exact figures, but they’re bound to be leaked or estimated by analysts in the coming days.
Initial reviews of the New iPad reveal that the overall experience of using this magical tablet is much better as compared to iPad 2, which is by no means a slouch. The iPad 2 outsold every single tablet on the market, probably twice last year. Apps look beautiful on the new display, gaming is a whole new experience and both the hardware and software on this tablet work in perfect unison. So how wouldn’t Apple sell a record number of New iPads during it’s initial weekend? On another note, here’s how much Apple pays to build one single unit of their new tablet.