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Apple sells 300,000 iPads on launch day

Strong sales marred by poor Wi-Fi performance

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Apple said it sold in excess of 300,000 iPads in the US, but strong sales of the device have been marred by reports of its poor Wi-Fi performance.

Apple has announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US on April 3, the day the device was launched. 

In a statement, the makers of the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iMac, said figures included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple retail stores.

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iPad drives AppStore downloads

Apple also said that many of those who bought the iPad went on to download over one million apps from Apple’s and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during that day.

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Commenting on the robust sales, Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive officer, said: ‘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.’

iPad user’s complains

The strong sales, however, were marred by complaints to the Apple support site about the iPad’s intermittent Wi-Fi connectively. Many people said the iPad’s Wi-Fi connectivity was poor to non-existent.

One consumer wrote: ‘I have been experiencing the same issue. It seems that the iPad Wi-Fi goes into a standby mode but when it comes out, it doesn’t connect again properly. When I bring it out of standby, it times out using any application that tries to hit the net (mail, app store, whatever).

‘The Wi-Fi strength indicator indicated full strength. I have had this happen at two locations (home and office) with two different brands of routers. I run multiple other devices at both locations and they do not seem to have the same troubles.

‘I suppose it could be something strange like an IP address conflict, but at the office location there were only two other devices on the router at the time. Regardless, it’s easily fixed with powering it off and powering it on, but should I have to do that with a device that costs this much and has so much hype about changing the way we use the net?

Apple has yet to comment on the Wi-Fi problems.

iPad price and launch date

The iPad is currently priced at $499 to $829 (£328 to 545) in the US. It is expected to be launched in the UK in late April. Apple has not released the UK pricing levels.

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