Apple says total sales of its hot new tablet-style computer now stand at more than two million.
Apple said it sold two million iPads as of Monday, less than 60 days after the touch-screen tablet computers went on sale in the U.S. That works out to more than 33,000 units per day, and demand is such that consumers looking to purchase one of the devices now face wait times of a week or more.
“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement released by the company Monday.
“We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone,” said Jobs. The wait time for those who order an iPad from the online Apple Store is seven to ten days, according to a note on the store’s Web site.
The wait time was listed as only five to seven days just a month ago, a sign that demand for the iPad continues to grow. Boosting demand is the fact that Apple formally released the iPad for sale in Europe last week.
Apple is positioning the iPad—essentially an oversized iPod touch–as an all-purpose handheld that’s optimized for e-reading, viewing videos and images, and gaming.
Developers to date have created more than 5,000 iPad-specific applications. The tablet will also run applications built for the iPhone.
Pricing for the Wi-Fi only version, which features 802.11 connectivity, starts at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB version. The Wi-Fi + 3G versions are priced higher. The 16GB model is $629, the 32GB model is $729, and the 64GB version is priced at $829.