A report by CNBC shows that the iPad is quickly becoming one of the most popular gadgets to have ever existed, crushing entire electronic markets single-handedly. When reading, remember that the numbers don’t compare every tablet computer to large groups of devices in other categories, but solely Apple’s iPad. Mind blowing. (That’s like a single car model outselling every other car in production combined.)
iPad sold three million units in the first 80 days after its April release and its current sales rate is about 4.5 million units per quarter, according to Bernstein Research. This sales rate is blowing past the one million units the iPhone sold in its first quarter and the 350,000 units sold in the first year by the DVD player, the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product.
It’s incredible to think that one product, created by one company, is selling more units alone than the combined efforts of every other manufacturer. Comparing the sales of the iPad to the other tablets on the market would be equally embarrassing, considering there isn’t any real competition yet on the market.