updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon April 5, 2010
Also reveals high book, app downloads
Over 300,000 iPads were sold in the US by the end of Saturday, says Apple. The figure represents a combination of online orders, sales at Apple Stores and deliveries to "channel partners," meaning Best Buy and smaller resellers. Apple also notes that over 1 million apps were downloaded in the same day, along with over 250,000 books from the iBookstore. This translates to an average of three apps and somewhat less than one book per person.
While generally good news for Apple, app developers and the publishing industry, the sales are well below a predicted level from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, which called for as many as 600,000 to 700,000 units. Supply problems may be constraining the company, however, meaning that it may not have even had that many units to last the weekend. Partway through pre-orders the company switched the delivery date to April 12th.