Apple sells two million iPads in less than two months

Sales momentum continues as world embraces tablet

Apple has now sold more than two million iPad tablets, less than two months after the iPad's April 3 US launch, the company announced on Monday.

On May 28, Apple started selling the iPad in nine other countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The iPad will go on sale in nine more countries, including New Zealand, in July, and additional countries later this year, Apple said.

Earlier this month, Apple said it had sold a million iPads in the first 28 days. Supplies of the gadget have fallen short of demand, and Apple has imposed restrictions on the number a person can purchase.

"We ... are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement.

The iPad is driving the burgeoning popularity of tablets, shipments of which could grow sixfold by 2014, analyst firm IDC said in research released on May 20. Tablet shipments could total seven million by the end of this year, and top 46 million by 2014, IDC says.

The iPad is a handheld device with which users can view movies, surf the internet, read e-books and play games. It has no physical keyboard, but one can be displayed on its 9.7-inch touchscreen display. It is 1.27 centimeters thick and weighs 680 grams.

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