As part of the performance tests Geek & I did today, we looked into how many iPads of each model have been sold. We’ll know a lot more once Apple announces their 3rd quarter results (April 1 – June 30, 2012), but based on their press releases it looks like the numbers are (very roughly):
- iPad 1 : 15M+ (somewhat over 15M) sold total before discontinued.
- iPad 2 : 46M+ (approximate as of 3/31/12, iPad 3 went on sale 3/16/12. The iPad 2 is still for sale at reduced price).
- iPad 3 : 6M (approximate, as of 3/31/12).
Largely based this wikipedia entry
and the last two quarters of Apple reported results (didn’t go back and look at every one of the apple reports).
During the last two quarters Apple sold:
Q1 – 15M iPads during the quarter ending Dec 31, 2011 (all iPad 2)
Q2 – 11.8M iPads during the quarter ending March 31, 2012 (mostly iPad 2, 3M-6M iPad 3 judging form news reports. Note that this is traditionally their slowest quarter)
So we pretty clearly need to support the iPad 2 and newer, which, as it turns out, shouldn’t be too difficult if you look at the performance numbers in Geek’s blog post