CUPERTINO, Calif., March 15 (UPI) -- Apple Corp. sold 120,000 iPad digital readers on its first day, industry observers said.
Fastcompany.com reported Monday that Apple may have needlessly limited iPad sales on Friday's "pre-order" day to two per customer because the average sale was for 1.1 units. However, business was brisk, especially considering that, as a "pre-order," none of the customers had even seen an iPad up close.
Sales apparently declined on the second and third day of the sale, Apple Insider reported. By comparing order numbers, however, Apple Insider said 51,000 iPads were pre-ordered in the first 2 hours of the sale.
Fortune Brainstorm Tech industry analyst Philip Elmer-DeWitt said Saturday and Sunday sales slowed to 1,000 per hour.
Another industry analyst, Daniel Tello, predicted Apple would sell a half million iPads before the April 3 launch date and 1 million within two weeks after that.
About 70 percent of buyers opted for the Wi-Fi version of the iPad, presumably because it was available sooner than the 3G version, Fastcompany.com said.