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Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Device to be launched in nine more countries

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Three million iPads have been sold globally in less than three months since the tablet computer’s US launch, the makers of the iPhone and the iPod touch said yesterday.

The figures suggest that the touch-screen device – which allows users to browse the web, send email, share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games and read e-books – is selling faster now than it did when it was launched on 3 April.

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One million iPads were sold in the US at the beginning of May, a month after launch. By the end of the month, iPad sales were inching towards the two million mark.

According to the consumer electronics giant, it sold one million tablet computers in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland in the last 20 days alone.

What Apple said

‘People are loving [the] iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive officer. ‘We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.’

Apple also said developers had created over 11,000 new apps for iPad, and that the device would run almost all of the 225,000 apps from the Apple Store, including those developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.

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