Monday, May 3, 2010

Apple Announces 1 Million iPads Sold and Sets the Record Straight: "We Definitely Have Over 60,000 Titles in the iBooks Catalog"

Following some low-level mystery in recent days about the actual count of titles in the iBooks catalog, Apple press office spokesman Tom Neumayr contacted iPad Nation Daily and confirmed that "we definitely have over 60,000 titles in the iBooks catalog."

We'll take the company at its word and assume that there was some form of data mining glitch that led O'Reilly Radar researcher to post "over 46,000" as the number of titles he was able to detect at the iBooks venue. Neumayr was uncertain if Apple would make periodic statements to announce updates to the number of iBooks titles. The catalog of available iPad-compatible titles in the Kindle for iPad app numbers over 510,000.

In any case, the confirmation comes on a day when Apple has been announcing robust sales of several kinds in the magical world of the iPad:
  • Apple sold its 1 millionth iPad on Friday, just 28 days after launch.
  • iPad users have already downloaded 12 million apps from the App Store.
  • Enough iPad users are readers that they have downloaded 1.5 million ebooks from the iBooks Store.

The Apple press release, which follows, gave no guidance on how many ebooks had been downloaded with other ebook apps including Kindle, Stanza, and Kobo.

Apple Sells One Million iPads

CUPERTINO, California—May 3, 2010—Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. 
“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*
Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. 
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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