Apple has announced that the one millionth iPad has been sold, just 28 days after launch.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

Also of note, as of this writing there were nearly 5,500 apps released for the iPad in the same timeframe. It’s on a similar growth curve to the device sales when compared to the iPhone App Store — with it taking about 50% of the time to reach 5,000 apps for the iPad as it did for the iPhone.

What this doesn’t take into account are the number of iPads returned. When I was at the Apple store picking up the iPad 3G on launch day, there were a good number of people in line that were returning the Wifi version for the 3G version. But overall, I expect that number to be small.

Even with the returns, the amazing growth of the iPad is a testament to Apples ability to create an amazing device and an amazing buzz around a device. Now that this milestone has been reached, all eyes turn toward the next generation iPhone!

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