Apple 'shifts' 300,000 iPads on day one

<p>More than 300,000 iPads were sold on its first day, with more than 250,000 e-books downloaded at the same time, Apple has said. </p><p>The device went on sale in the US this Saturday (3rd April), with prices starting at $499 (&pound;327). The sales figures include pre-orders, in-store sales, and &quot;deliveries to channel partners&quot;, the company said. </p><p>As pointed out on the <em>Guardian&#39;s </em>technology blog, this<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/apr/06/ipad-apple-tablet-... target="_blank"> &quot;means that there aren&#39;t actually 300,000 iPads in peoples&#39; hands just yet&quot;. However, the blog describes the iPad as &quot;a success&quot;, with many features that will keep it selling. </a></p><p>Steve Jobs, Apple chief executive, said: &quot;It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world - it&#39;s going to be a game changer. iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.&quot;</p><p>There is no fixed date for the UK launch, with the <a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad/" target="_blank">Apple website saying only that it is &quot;coming late April&quot;.</a></p>