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The iPad mini launch wasn’t huge, but neither was it as small as the early lines on Friday morning around the world suggested it might be. Apple says it has “practically” sold out of the 7.9-inch tablet in the 33 countries that got the device Friday.


The iPad mini launch wasn’t so mini after all. Apple sold 3 million iPads totally this past weekend, which includes both iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad units, after going on sale in 33 countries beginning Friday morning, the company announced Monday morning.

CEO Tim Cook said in a press release that the weekend launch “set a new launch weekend record” and that Apple had “practically sold out of iPad minis.” However, he did not say how many of the smaller tablets sold; the company chose not to break out the numbers.

The 3 million combined iPad sales this weekend is the same number of iPads that Apple sold during the first-weekend launch of the third-generation iPad back in March. However the comparison isn’t totally parallel. Both devices that went on sale Friday, the 7.9-inch iPad mini, and the 9.7-inch standard iPad, were available in Wi-Fi-only varieties. Versions with cellular connectivity will hit stores by the end of the month in the U.S. In March, about half of the 3 million sold were Wi-Fi-only, Apple noted Monday.

  1. Good news for Apple, but on the other hand Cobber retail stores didn’t completely sell out. Now when was the last time that happened with an iOS device?


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