The iPad 2 sold nearly one million units in its first weekend on sale in the US, according to industry analysts.
Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland told Reuters today, "We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to one million iPad 2s in the opening weekend."
"Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad 2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted," added Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White.
"In fact, all the stores had worked through iPad 2 inventory by Saturday afternoon, and there were no new iPad 2 deliveries on Sunday."
If Sutherland's estimate is right, that's a huge step up from its predecessor's launch performance – the first iPad took 28 days to pass the million mark.
A few game developers stepped up to the plate at launch to optimise their games for the device, with Epic's Infinity Blade and EA's Dead Space both seeing spec-boosting updates.
Meanwhile, across the ocean in Japan, the other big tech launch of early 2011 is going great guns too, although not quite matching the iPad 2's pace. The 3DS sold 209,623 units in its first full week on sale, on top of the 374,764 it managed over its launch weekend, adding up to a total of 584,387.
Both devices go sale in the UK on 25th March.
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