iPad Air’s opening sales could top last year’s 3M record

The iPad Air is now on sale in just about all its launch locations, short of Hawaii where local stores have yet to open.

The consensus is that lines for the device are shorter in most places where more shoppers queued up for Apple’s latest tablet a year ago.

That doesn’t mean Apple won’t surprise with higher sales numbers, says Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, who on Friday told investors he thinks Apple will sell between 2.5 million and 3.5 million of the tablets over the weekend.

Even if Apple is on the higher end of that, it’s a tough comparison to the 3 million the company sold over the same period last year. That included sales and preorders for both the fourth-generation iPad and the new iPad Mini. Making things even more complicated is the fact that both devices came just seven months after a completely different, standalone launch for the third-generation iPad.  More