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More Than 300,000 iPads Sold on Day 1

Apple also schedules preview of updated iPhone software

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Chalk it up to a combination of killer reviews and unprecedented hype.

Apple announced on Monday that it sold more than 300,000 iPads in the U.S. on Saturday, the first day they were available to the buying public.

That’s more than the number of original iPhones the company sold – 270,000 – during its first 30 hours on sale in 2007.

The 300,000 figure includes sales the pre-ordered iPads that were delivered to customers, and channel partners, and sales at Apple Stores – but not pre-orders of the 3G iPads some enthusiasts are waiting for.

Some analysts had projected Apple would sell between 200,000 and 400,000 – and as many as 700,000 — units over the weekend.

The company also said that more than 1 million iPad apps were downloaded from Apple’s iStore that day, and that more than 250,000 ebooks were downloaded from its brand new iBookstore.

Here’s the expectedly cocky statement from Steve Jobs: “It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world — it’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.”

Meanwhile, Apple also announced that it will be previewing the iPhone OS4 — a "sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software” – on its Cupertino, California campus on April 8.

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