Page last updated at 22:08 GMT, Monday, 5 April 2010 23:08 UK

Apple iPad sells 300,000 on debut

Advertisement

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.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Apple iPad hits shops in America
03 Apr 10 |  Technology
iPad applications will cost more
31 Mar 10 |  Technology
iPad to 'kickstart' tablet market
28 Jan 10 |  Technology
Apple unveils iPad tablet device
27 Jan 10 |  Technology
In pictures: Apple's iPad device
27 Jan 10 |  Technology
Apple sees profits increase 50%
25 Jan 10 |  Business

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
Telegraph Apple acknowledges iPad Wi-Fi problems - 1 hr ago
Mail Online UK Oh dear, iPad hit by iGremlins as users says they are unable to connect to internet - 3 hrs ago
BusinessWeek Broadcom: Phone Companies Will Offer Free Tablets - 4 hrs ago
Sydney Morning Herald HP presents new slate experience - 5 hrs ago
WA Today.com.au Amid iPad frenzy, HP offers a 'holistic mobile experience' with the Slate - 8 hrs ago



BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific