Two weeks ago Steve Jobs told the world that iPads were flying off the shelves. Here's what SFGate had to say:
Apple is up to 1 million iPads sold in just 28 days, more than twice as fast as the original iPhone. Apple said iPad users have downloaded more than 12 million apps and 1.5 million books on the iPad. The App Store has 200,000 apps now, with 5,000 iPad-specific apps.
"Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement.
The iPad might be magical for Apple, but maybe not so magical for media companies that hope the device will be their salvation. According to Mashable:
GQ, one of the first magazine titles to appear on the iPad, has sold 365 copies of its December 2009 Men of the Year issue, according to publisher Pete Hunsinger.
The issue was priced at $2.99 per download — $2 less than the newsstand price — for a grand total of $1,091.35 in sales.
OK, it's a thousand bucks that Conde Nast hadn't made on the print version, and it doesn't tell us anything about how successful the iPad will ultimately be.
But maybe it should serve as a cautionary note to all those companies that believe an iPad app is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.