Apple Sells 300,000 iPads on Day One
The line for iPads Saturday morning at Apple's flagship Manhattan store.
CREDIT: Denise Chow
Apple has announced that it sold 300,000 of its iPad tablet computers as of midnight on Saturday, April 3, the first day the heavily anticipated device came out.
The sales figure includes retail sales at Apple stores as well as deliveries to those who pre-ordered the device, plus shipments to retail chains such as Best Buy.
The number of iPad units moved is similar to the 270,000 iPhones that Apple sold in that smart phone's first 30 hours on the market in 2007. The first-generation iPhone cost $500 back then, the same as the cheapest iPad .
Some 1 million iPad apps were purchased from the Apple iTunes store, as well as about a quarter million iBooks, the Cupertino, Calif. company said in a press release.
Unofficial sales figures from analysts placed the first day iPad sales at an erroneous 700,000, more than double what actually sold.
For comparison, the latest version of the iPhone sold one million units in three days in June 2009, perhaps leading to the analysts' inflated predictions.
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