Apple CEO Steve Jobs presents the iPad at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez
Eight-year-old Matthew Craddock, of Berlington, Ky., and his sister Emma ,5, try out the Apple iPad on the first day of iPad sales, Saturday April 3, 2010 in Florence, Ky. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ernest Coleman) By Ernest Coleman
Rowan Hall, 5, plays a game based on the popular animated series "The Simpsons", on an Apple iPad on its first day of release at an Apple store in San Francisco, Saturday, April 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma
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.