Apple Announces 170 Million iPads Sold (TechCrunch)
Apple’s event in San Francisco showcased a flurry of updated Apple products, including refreshes to both the larger iPad and the iPad Mini.
When discussing the iPad business in general, CEO Tim Cook claimed Apple had sold its 170 millionth iPad in September.
A quick calculation of that figure against our cumulative iPad sales data through the second quarter reveals that Apple likely sold just under 15 million iPads during the third quarter. That would equate to roughly 6% year-over-year growth and minimal growth sequentially.
This third quarter performance is somewhat expected, given that there has not been an updated iPad release since last November, but 6% growth is not something to brag about in the rapidly growing tablet market. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple’s iPad sales stacked up against the rest of the market once third quarter numbers are released. Read >
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Here is the Apple press release with details about the new iPad Air and iPad Mini models. (Apple)
Quartz has a takedown of the Apple chart illustrating cumulative iPad sales. (Quartz)
Nokia made a flurry of announcements at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, including the launch of its first Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520. (The Verge)
Microsoft released its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro models to the public with a nationwide in-store launch at midnight Tuesday. (CNet)
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