Apple has sold 3 million iPads

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. says it has sold 3 million iPads since Friday when it released the latest version of the tablet computer.

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The new, third model comes with a faster processor, a much sharper screen and an improved camera. As with the previous models, prices start at $499 in the U.S.

Apple said Monday that this is its strongest launch for an iPad yet.

The Cupertino, Calif., company began selling the latest tablet computer in the U.S. and nine other countries Friday and will begin selling it in 24 more countries at the end of this week.

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