Apple has just announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3, including deliveries of pre-ordered devices to customers, channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores. For your reference, that’s 30,000 devices more than iPhones were purchased when they first went on sale.
Apple also announced that iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day.
Steve Jobs in a statement said that the iPad is going to be a “game changer” (we’ll see) and added that on average, iPad owners downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their device.
The amount of iPads sold is a far cry from what analysts estimated (not unusual, but still): Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who had first – correctly – predicted that as many as 300,000 iPads would be sold this weekend, revised his numbers upward Saturday to between 600,000 and 700,000 units purchased on launch day.
Personally, I’d hold off on analyzing sales numbers until next month, when the first iPads with 3G go on sale, and also in other parts of the world, outside of the United States.
Be sure to check out our complete list of the best iPad apps at launch.