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Apple Sells 300,000 iPads First Day

5 Apr, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Apple April 5 said it sold more than 300,000 iPad tablet computers through midnight April 3 — the retail bow for the company’s most-hyped consumer electronics product launch since the iPhone.

Sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple retail stores. The wireless iPad retails from $499 and up, depending on hard drive capacity.

Some analysts say they believe Apple may have sold nearly 700,000 iPads through the weekend. Research firm iSuppli said it expects global sales of the iPad to reach 7.1 million units by the end of the year.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based computer company said iPad users downloaded more than 1 million apps from Apple’s App Store and more than 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore during the first day.

In addition to apps and electronic books, the iPad is considered a possible catalyst for downloading movies and repurposed TV programming, which despite their availability on iTunes, continue to lag behind sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

“It’s going to be a game changer,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement.

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