Even before trotting out iPhone OS 4.0 today, Steve Jobs couldn't help but gloat a little over last weekend's iPad debut. Turns out he had a lot to gloat about:
- 450,000 iPads have been sold so far — 300,000 on Saturday alone.
- 600,000 iBooks downloaded to date.
- ONE MILLION iPad apps downloaded on Day One. As of today, the count stands at 3.5 million 'Pad programs.
- Oh, and App Store downloads in general? FOUR BEELLION and counting.
Yoiks. Those are mind-blowing numbers for a device that — sleek design and silky performance not withstanding — starts at US$500.00, lacks a camera, is IO-port limited, still needs to be synched to a desktop PC, and won't browse the Web without a nearby Wi-Fi signal. Blame it on Early Adapter Syndrome, or iPhone fanatics who want the same interface experience on a larger playing field, or those who just automatically make the "Apple product = Insanely Great!" connection.
But it's pretty clear the iPad is gonna be around for a while. And it'll be interesting to see how those sale figures change when the 3G's finally hit the retail channels.