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AT&T and Apple Reveal iPad Enjoyed Record-setting Launch

Announced almost two weeks ago, the iPad 3 went live in several countries on Friday, March 16. Though Apple has yet to reveal any hard sales data for opening weekend, AT&T has offered us a glimpse of the success of the latest iPad. According to Engadget, the network released the following statement about the iPad 3's first day of availability:

"Friday, March 16, AT&T set a new single-day record for its iPad sales and activations, demonstrating robust demand for the new iPad on the nation's largest 4G network, covering nearly 250 million people."

So, while many people were lining up at Apple stores around the world, and others still were waiting for the UPS man to bring their new toy, it seems plenty of folk high-tailed it down to their nearest AT&T. The carrier didn't offer specific figures, nor have we heard from Verizon, which is also selling the iPad 3. However, we're sure it won't be long before they're shouting it from the rooftops.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also confirmed this morning that the iPad 3 had a record opening weekend. Could this be the most successful iPad yet? Only time will tell.

[UPDATE] Apple has announced that the iPad 3 has sold three million units in the first three days of availability.

"The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday."

Already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands, Apple plans to launch the iPad in 24 more countries this coming Friday, March 23.

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