Apple said it has sold two milion iPads so far

Apple said it has sold more than two million iPads since launching in the United States on April 3rd.

The firm started shipping the flat device the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland this week. Crowds gathered outside London's flagship Apple Store in Regent Street, before it opened, caught up in the frenzy over the tablet.

In a statement, Apple's man with the Midas Touch, Steve Jobs, said: “Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do.”

But alluding to possible problems meeting the demand for the device Jobs added: “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

Apple said the iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

The firm claims developers have so far created over 5,000 new apps specially for iPad. The gizmo will also run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store.

Apple didn't say how many iPads were sold outside the US, which is is likely to be by far the biggest consumer of the device.