In case you had any doubt that the Apple iPad was a success, Apple just released its quarterly report for the period ending December 25th and the company sold 7.33 million iPads during the quarter. That’s not the number for the whole year… that’s just the fiscal quarter.
During the previous quarter, Apple sold 4.19 million iPads, which was actually below analyst estimates, but still a pretty good number if you ask me. The quarter before that saw 3.27 million iPads sold.
If you do the math, that means Apple has sole 14.79 million iPads since launching the tablet in mid-2010. No matter where you fall on the tablets-are-useful/tablets suck, tablets-are-killing-netbooks/no-they’re-not, tablets-have-capacitive-displays/tablets-have-active-digitizers debates, you have to admit 14.79 million of anything sold is a pretty good number for a single company.
2011 will likely shape up to be the year when Apple starts to face real competition in the consumer tablet space from companies such as Motorola, RIM, Asus, and HP. It will be interesting to see if the rising tide floats all boats and tablets start taking over the computer/consumer electronics space, or if the competition starts eating into iPad sales.