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Apple: more than 170 million iPads sold

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed a few interesting iPad statistics when he took to the stage for the company's 22 October event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed a few interesting iPad statistics when he took to the stage for the company's 22 October event.

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According to Apple CEO Tim Cook — and really pretty unsurprisingly — the iPad has proven to be a massive success for the company: to date, over 170 million iPad tablets have been sold, with the 170 millionth going just earlier this month. For reference, Apple has sold over 387 million iPhones to date, and the top-selling video-game console of all time, the PlayStation 2, has sold 155 million units.

Meanwhile, Cook said that the number of iPad apps in the store is 475,000 of the over one million apps currently available. Cook did not say whether that figure included universal apps or was restricted to iPad only; we suspect it's the latter. Apple has seen over 60 billion app downloads from iTunes.

Finally, Cook said that the iPad accounted for a massive 81 per cent of all tablet usage. This figure seems to confirm research by Chitika Insights, which gauges tablet usage by web traffic across the US and Canada. This is not the same as shipment percentages, which according to Strategy Analytics, indicated that Android tablets had 67 per cent of the market in Q2 2013.