Apple® announced on May 31, 2010 that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Apple’s iPad is becoming a delivery vehicle for newspapers, magazines and books. Journals are delivered electronically, on-demand, in a PDF format either through Internet or cellular phone networks. To save printing and delivery costs, publishing houses are focusing on electronic delivery of newspapers and magazines through iPad-like devices. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other companies are likely to introduce similar full color letter-size gadgets in coming years.
The iPad utilizes touch screen sensors to provide a large virtual keyboard, allowing for fast typing and emailing. When it comes to everyday routines like text typing, emailing, internet browsing or movie watching this device can substitute a laptop.