Apple’s New iPad Is Trumping the Original

The full potential of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPad had not been realized in the company’s second quarter earnings report because of its late launch date. However, in a little over two months since its early-March release, the company’s latest tablet has already become more widely used than the first-generation iPad.

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According to a new report from app analytics company Localytics, the new iPad now accounts for over 20 percent of all U.S.-based iPads, up nearly 50 percent from its launch-week share. The device had sold over 3 million units and taken 14 percent of the U.S. iPad market in the first four days of its availability.

According to Localytics, the iPad 2 remains the most used of all three generations of iPads by a wide margin, holding a 60 percent share against approximately 20 percent for each of the other two. The new iPad’s has a high-definition retina display and fast LTE network connectivity offered by AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), features that the first two versions of the tablet lack.

According to a separate research by Gartner, Apple’s iOS remains the dominant tablet operating system and is likely to account for 61.4 percent of worldwide media tablet sales this year, ahead of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android-based tablets.

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