Apple sells over 300,000 iPads on day of debut

Andres Schobel holds up two iPads as one of the first customers to buy iPads on the first day of Apple iPad sales at an Apple Store in San Francisco. / AP photo

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) " Apple says it sold more than 300,000 iPads on Saturday, the day it debuted across the country.

Sales included pre-orders of the iPad, a new type of touch-screen device that blends features of the iPhone, electronic book readers and tablet computers.

Prices start at $499 for iPads that connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi. Apple will sell costlier iPads with cellular data connections later this month.

Apple says that iPad owners downloaded over a million applications from its app store and more than 250,000 electronic books on Saturday.

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs says the iPad is going to be a game changer.

Its shares are down 17 cents to $235.80 in premarket trading.

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