Apple iPad Makes a Smooth Entrance

Could it possibly live up to the hype? Apple’s iPad, which it seems fair to say was the company’s most anticipated product since the iPhone, hit the market on Saturday. Despite a few minor hiccups, the device enjoyed a fairly smooth launch.

Sure, there was a brief production delay and some early adopters have complained about the Wi-Fi connectivity, but overall, Apple fandom appears to be sated.

Datamation has the story on reactions to Apple’s launch of the iPad.

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 world—it’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.

Read the full story at Datamation:

iPad Launch: All Systems, Mostly, Go

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