iPad Posts Strong Launch Sales
Despite a few Wi-Fi connectivity issues, the iPad's launch went fairly smoothly, with healthy sales in the first few days, but will the new mobile device have staying power for the long-haul? Apple initially promised the iPad would be available by the end of March, but a short time later had to slightly revise that estimate to April 3. That small glitch and reports that some users are having trouble with the device's Wi-Fi connectivity are about the only hiccups in an otherwise stellar launch. Following its release Saturday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) said it had sold over 300,000 iPads after the first day. That total includes delivery of iPads that were pre-ordered as well as via stores. "It feels great to have the iPad launched into the worldit's going to be a game changer," said Apple's CEO Steve Jobs in a statement that also included some early-use analytics. "iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad," he said.
Gartner analyst Mike McGuire said Apple reported some impressive launch numbers but the real story of how well the iPad will do is yet to be known. "Anything in technology that's been buzzed for a while is going to have pent up demand and the early adopters who have an interest in it, not just rich people, will be ready to buy it," McGuire told InternetNews.com. "We saw that this weekend."
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