Apple sells two million iPads


Apple said it sold two million iPads since launching the touch-screen tablet in the United States nearly two months ago and taking it to nine international markets this past weekend.

The company did not give a geographic breakdown of sales in its statement, but had previously said it sold 1 million iPads in the first month after the US launch on April 3rd - passing that milestone faster than the iPhone.

Fans mobbed Apple's overseas stores on Friday when the iPad went on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Apple delayed the international launch by a month as it had difficulty meeting demand for the device, which has received high marks for videos and games, reading electronic books and magazines, and general web browsing.

The iPad is due for release in the Republic in July, along with Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Mexico and New Zealand. It will be available in more markets later in the year.

RBC Capital Markets has estimated iPad's total shipments to reach 8.13 million units worldwide by the end of the year - which would translate into at least $4 billion of revenue.