Apple has proved sceptics wrong and has managed to create yet another best selling gadget in the iPad, with one million of the devices flying from the shelves in its first month on sale.
The iPad was seen by many as a fairly odd device, offering what looked to be a much larger alternative to the iPhone, but consumers have clearly fallen for Apple’s uniquely beautiful aesthetic touches and user-friendly interface once again.
The iPad could well be the device that finally brings the concept of eBooks to a mainstream audience, as Apple claims that 1.5 million eBooks have already been downloaded by iPad users.
Unsurprisingly the application craze that started on the iPhone has shown no signs of slowing on the iPad, with 12 million apps downloading in the last 30 days alone.
When the iPhone launched in 2007 it took over two months for it to sell a million units, but the iPad has hit this magic number in less than half that time. The result is that Apple cannot supply enough iPads to meet demand.
The iPad has caused something of a renaissance in the tablet computer market. Every tech firm in the world seems to be planning a slim, slate-like PC and there are plenty of knock-off copies of the iPad doing the rounds if you know where to look.
Google’s Android is the operating system of choice for those who are looking to take on Apple at their own game and with native Flash support and far lower price tags, these tablet alternatives could entice some away from the iPad.