Although the iPad has been the subject of many jokes since details about the gadget broke in January, it looks like Apple is having the last laugh. According to the California-based company, over 300,000 iPads were sold in the U.S. as of midnight on Saturday, April 3, the first day the iPad hit stores.
The impressive number includes pre-ordered iPads delivered on Saturday, as well as sales at Apple retail stores and partner stores such as Best Buy. On top of that, iPad users downloaded over one million apps and over 250,000 e-books from Apple's iBookstore on the first day.
"It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world -- it's going to be a game changer," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad."
With the news of these first-day numbers, it's clear that the device has won over a major part of the country...and counting. It will be interesting to see what the iPad brings to the e-book reader table and what competitors like Amazon (maker of the Kindle) will do to tip the scales in their favor, if at all. Read more about the iPad's first day sales on Engadget.