Apple Inc has sold 1 million iPads since their April 3 launch, as the company passed that sales milestone faster than many analysts had expected. Apple said on Monday that the 9.7-inch touchscreen iPad — a new category of device that combines the mobility of a smartphone with the speed of a laptop — reached the million sales mark in only 28 days. That was much faster than the iPhone, which passed 1 million units sold after 74 days in 2007.

Apple began the second stage of a two-part roll-out of the iPad on Friday when it started selling the pricier, high-speed wireless model in the United States, following the launch of the short-range Wi-Fi tablet earlier in April.

The company, which has already delayed the international iPad launch by a month, said it continues to have difficulty meeting demand. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers,” Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement.

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