Apple claims to have sold a combined total of three million iPad minis and fourth generation iPads in their first three days of availability.
The impressive sales numbers are double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March this year.
The new iPad Mini is 7.2mm thin, 53 per cent lighter, and features a screen size of 7.9 inches, with the exact same 1024x768 resolution screen as the full-size iPad 2 (but not Retina Display).
The fourth generation iPad - the first new model to be released in the same year as its predecessor - is powered by the A6 chip, doubling the performance for CPU tasks and, more importantly for gamers, it offers "double" the graphics power.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the sales milestone: "Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand."