Apple iPad: One million sold

Only 28 days after first hitting the market, sales of theiPad has surpassed one million, Apple announced Monday.

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A customer plays with an Apple iPad on the first day the tablet computer's sales at an Apple store in San Francisco on April 3. Apple said Monday it has sold one million its iPad computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new.

Apple announced Monday that it has already sold one million iPads since the tablet computer hit the market 28 days ago.

The latest news of Apple's runaway success with the iPad comes on the heels of cancellations of planned tablets from Microsoft – billed as the Courier – and the Slate from HP.

Even Apple appears somewhat surprised by the meteoric rise of its newest product. "One million iPads in 28 days – that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with [the] iPhone," Apple's CEO Steve Jobs commented in a press release.

Buyers have also scooped up 12 million apps from the App Store, Apple said. In an encouraging sign for the book publishing industry, 1.5 million e-books have also been digitally plucked from the shelves of the iBook store.

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