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Apple iPad sells 300,000 on debut


The first customers to come through the doors of the Apple store were counted down by shop assistants

Apple says it sold more than 300,000 of its latest product, the iPad tablet computer, on its launch day in the US.

The figures for Saturday included pre-orders of the device, as well as sales at Apple stores across the country.

The news sent Apple Inc shares up 1.1% to a record closing high of $238.49 on Monday.

The iPad is not yet available in other countries, but will be on sale in parts of Europe, Canada and Australia by the end of April.

It is retailing in the US at $499 to $829 (£328 to £545). European prices have not yet been announced.

Apple said that iPad users had downloaded more than one million applications from its app store and more than 250,000 electronic books.

The first generation model has wi-fi but not 3G connectivity.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said in a statement that the touchscreen device was "going to be a game changer".

Queues for the new iPad's launch day were considerably smaller than the crowds which gathered for the iPhone's debut in July 2007, according to reports.

On the iPhone's launch weekend in the US, it was reported that up to 525,000 phones had been sold.

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