Update: Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day

Earlier today, Apple announced that first day sales of the iPad surpassed 300,000 units - a figure that includes pre-orders.

Well, there's a reason people are skeptical of analysts. A day after Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted first day iPad sales to fall in the 600,000-700,000 range, Apple announced that first day sales of the iPad surpassed 300,000 units - a figure that includes pre-orders. Of particular interest is that Apple also mentioned that iPad owners had downloaded over 1 million apps from the iTunes App Store and that over 250,000 e-books had been downloaded as well. That's not too shabby for a Saturday afternoon of business.

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

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