On Friday, reports came in that there were smaller lines than usual at many of Apple's retail stores for the launch of the new fourth generation iPad and the all new 7.9 inch iPad mini tablets. Despite that, Apple is saying that the launch of both new tablet products were big successes.
In a press release, Apple said that the company sold a combined total of three million units of the two new iPad products in their first weekend. The company did not break down how many units it sold of the new iPad mini but Apple CEO Tim Cook did state that they were "practically sold out" of the smaller tablet.
Apple also said that these new number were double the amount sold for the WiFi only versions of the third generation iPad tablet when it first went on sale in March. Apple said that the WiFi/Cellular versions of the fourth generation iPad and the iPad mini will go on sale in a few weeks here in the US.
The news comes about 10 days after the official launch of Microsoft's new Surface tablet. The Windows RT-based device quickly sold of its initial product run online, and some Microsoft retail store location had long lines for its debut. However, Microsoft has yet to give exact sales numbers for the Surface.