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Apple sells 300,000 iPads on first day; users download 250,000 e-books

April 5, 2010 |  7:13 am
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Jerry Penacoli handles his new iPad at the Apple Store at the Grove on Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

Apple announced Monday morning that it had sold more than 300,000 iPads on Saturday, the first day they were commercially available.  Users also downloaded more than 1 million apps for the device and a quarter of a million e-books.

“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world -- it’s going to be a game-changer,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, in a statement.  “IPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”

The sales figure was in line with some estimates over the weekend, including one from Piper Jaffrey's Gene Munster, who guessed the company had sold between 600,000 and 700,000 units over the weekend (that is, including Sunday).  The number Apple gave included pre-orders made online.

The second series of 3G-ready iPads debuts later this month.

In 2008, Apple sold one million iPhone 3G's in the device's first weekend.  And in 2007, it took the company 74 days to sell one million of the original iPhones. 

-- David Sarno

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