First day iPad sales hit 300,000

Apple may have another hit on its hands. The company says it
sold 300,000 iPads on the device’s first day in stores. That’s right in the
mid-range of what analysts were expecting for opening weekend.Ipad2  

Because of the Easter holiday, many retail locations were
closed Sunday, which could mute the initial numbers, but we should hear a
weekend total within the next day or two. (Analysts were looking for sales between
250,000 and 350,000 in the opening weekend.)

Apple also announced that users downloaded more than 1
million apps from the App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore
during the first day.

Making the opening numbers was a relatively easy feat. Apple
has a fanatically loyal customer base, many of whom like to grab the company’s
products as soon as they’re available. Tech early adopters have been
anticipating the product as well. In the coming weeks, the general public will
begin to weigh in – and the long-term potential of the device will start to
become clearer.

Initial feedback for the iPad has been strong, though. Users
have been impressed with the battery life and the screen, though some have
noted that reading an eBook outside on a sunny day can be problematic (which is
surely welcome relief for Amazon, whose Kindle is easily used outside) and
there have been some random complaints of overheating.

Video playback has been lauded, however – and video players
from ABC and Netflix are two of the most popular apps on the system, continuing
to underscore the iPad’s entertainment potential. 

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