Apple Sells 120,000 iPads on First Day of Pre-Orders

Apple sold some 120,000 iPads on the first day of pre-orders. The tablet PC will not be available until April 3, but Apple began accepting online reservations on Friday and sold 119,987 units that day alone, CNNMoney.com reported Saturday. To ensure adequate supplies, customers are allowed to pre-order no more than two units per person.

In the case of the iPhone, which sparked a worldwide craze for smartphones, Apple did not take pre-orders and sold some 200,000 units in stores on the first day it hit the market. With still three weeks to go before the iPad arrives in stores, its sales are likely to far surpass estimates, local IT websites predicted. The Wi-Fi-only iPad is the most popular model accounting for 69 percent of advance orders, with the Wi-Fi plus 3G model making up 31 percent.

Apple will launch the Wi-Fi-only model in the U.S. on April 3 and in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K, in late April. Its release date in Korea has not been decided yet, but mobile operator KT, the local provider of the iPhone, said it is interested in introducing the tablet PC here.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 15, 2010 09:21 KST

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