Apple on Monday afternoon announced that sales of its new iPad soared in the weekend following the tablet's March 16 launch.
According to a press release, the company said it sold three million units, making this the most successful new iPad debut.
"The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, per the release.
Last year, the company did not release first-weekend figures for the iPad 2, apparently because of supply constraints. One analyst estimated at the time that customers snapped up one million devices in the first days of the tablet's availability before stores sold out of their stock. In 2010, Apple sold 300,000 original iPads during that device's first weekend.
Last fall, Apple sold four million iPhone 4S smartphones in the device's opening weekend.
Apple hosted a press conference on Monday morning to discuss plans for the company's cash hoard of nearly $100 billion dollars. During the conference call that followed, CEO Tim Cook did not state specific iPad sales figures but hinted at a "record weekend," Apple Insider reports. The company also announced that it will spend a total of $45 billion over three years on a dividend and a share repurchase plan.
Some recent iPad buyers may be less than thrilled with their new purchase, however. Complaints about the device have already appeared on Apple support forums. Many users seem to be concerned about a possible heat distribution problem, noting that one corner of the tablet can get very hot; some have even seen an error screen informing them that the device is too hot.
Some reviewers also noted concerns about the device's temperature. Take a look at the slideshow below for an overview of critics' least favorite things about the new iPad. Then, click here to read reviewers' favorite things about the device.
The Verge's Dieter Bohn found a small but "vexing" problem while attempting to use FaceTime over the new iPad's 4G network. "[A]ttempting to initiate a FaceTime call over LTE fails out with a message exhorting you to connect to a Wi-Fi network," he wrote. While it has always been true that FaceTime only worked on Wi-Fi and not over cellular networks, Bohn points out that this is especially annoying when you can turn your Verizon iPad into an LTE hotspot, which would allow you to FaceTime on other devices but not on the iPad acting as the hotspot. TechCrunch's MG Siegler echoes Bohn's complaint about FaceTime being available only via Wi-Fi, "despite the fact that the LTE networks are so much faster (faster than my WiFi even), Apple says that FaceTime will still be WiFi-only for now."
Reviewers found that enhanced apps and high-definition movies look amazing on the iPad's mind-blowing Retina display, but they noted with disappointment that non-HD content doesn't quite shine. According to Macworld, un-enhanced apps look super pixelated on the Retina screen: "Non-Retina apps look more or less like they did on previous iPads -- but on the new iPad's Retina display those pixels really stand out." While the New York Time's David Pogue calls the iPad "the world's first tablet that can actually show you hi-def movies in full 1080p high definition," he also notes that Netflix doesn't currently offer movies in high-def for the iPad, so many average consumers won't be able to enjoy all the new iPad's display has to offer.
While The Verge's Joshua Topolsky praised the video and photo capabilities of the rear camera he was less enthused about the front-facing module, writing: Around front, you can expect the same basic quality of the last generation iPad -- which means it's nothing to write home about. It would have been nice to see at least a 720p shooter on the flip side of the tablet considering how hard Apple's been trying to push FaceTime, but you're stuck with VGA here.
Many were surprised that Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri wasn't one of the iPad's upgrades. A new dictation feature allows users to get around some of the problems that the device's virtual keyboard presents, but as Pogue writes for the Times, that's as close to Siri that the new tablet users will get. Users will have to pour one out for the rest of Siri's features, including "the ability to set alarms, send text messages, look up calendar appointments and snag facts from the Web just by asking out loud," Pogue lists. SlashGear also laments the absence of Siri, citing it as the biggest omission in the new iPad.
It's a good indication of how much the reviewers are loving the iPad when one of the main complaints in TechCrunch's review is about a corner of the iPad that heats up after prolonged use. After praising the screen and the speed, MG Siegler seems almost embarrassed complaining about one corner heating up: One other slight downside which I have to assume is related to either the battery or the LTE functionality is that unlike previous iPad models, the new iPad does get noticeably warm in the lower left corner after prolonged use. It's never hot, just warm. But again, I never noticed this on other models.
According to tests conducted by Macworld, the enhanced apps consume up to three times as of the iPad's storage space as un-enhanced apps. MG Siegler worried in his review that the enhanced apps and high-definition movies, which "you'll obviously want" will take up precious iPad storage space. "On the iPad I'm testing out, I have three pages of apps, a few hundred photos, one HD movie, and one music album. It's really not that much stuff, but it takes up over 20 GB of storage. The apps alone are over 10 GB of that," he says.