One week after it was unveiled by Apple’s boss Steve Jobs, the latest version of the iPad tablet computer went on sale in the United States and analysts estimated that close to one million units were sold during its debut weekend.
That would have completely smashed the sales record for the first iPad which sold 300,000 units on its first day, 500,000 in the first week, and crossed the one million unit mark in 28 days.
The technology world was watching closely to see if it could repeat the stellar sales of the original, which proved a smash hit and inspired a wave of imitators.
The iPad 2 went on sale in the US at not just Apple stores as was the case with the first model. It was available at AT&T and Verizon Wireless outlets, as well as Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy stores.
More than 50 million tablet are expected to be sold this year with Apple capturing around three quarters of the market.
Apple sold 15 million iPads last year, generating $9.5 billion (6.9 billion euros).
After the US rollout, the iPad 2 is due to go on sale in more than two dozen additional countries on March 25.