Apple has announced that it sold three million new iPads since the device was launched on Friday as the firm continues to dominate the tablet market.
The new iPad, which was launched to huge fanfare on Friday, boasts an improved Retina display screen, a quad-core graphical processor and a 5-megapixel camera, and can also support 4G networks, where available.
The three million sales come from several of the firm's key markets, including the UK and the US, with other nations only set to begin selling the device this Friday, including Italy, Spain and New Zealand.
The firm's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, said the figures meant it was the "strongest iPad launch yet", although as Apple did not release early iPad 2 sales figures last year, it is not clear how many more units it has sold this time.
However, while the firm may have shifted millions of units, many users are already encountering issues with the device, with scores complaining the device is prone to overheating and contemplating returning it unless Apple issues a fix for the problem.
Despite this, when V3 reviewed the new iPad over the weekend of its launch we were left impressed with the new features, awarding it a highly coveted five-star review, and did not notice any overheating issues.
The success of Apple's iPad and iPhone products saw the firm announce on Monday that it will be offering a share dividend to shareholders and starting a share buy-back programme that will cost $45bn over the next three years, as it sits on a cash-pile of almost $100bn.
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