Apple iPad has its debut, crowd goes wild for now

Apple Inc.‘s much anticipated tablet device has landed in many eager hands.

More than 300,000 WiFi-only iPads were sold in the first day, though it did not sell out.
For some who pre-ordered the device online just shy of the launch, the wait will be longer. Days before the launch Apple shifted the delivery date back to April 12 for Web orders.
Apple plans to release 3G-enabled iPads in late April.
The rush is also on to deliver content for the iPad. Apple said iPad owners downloaded more than one million apps and 250,000 e-books after the launch.
While initial reviews are positive, how iPad plays on AT&T‘s wireless network will be a potent test. AT&T caught flak from iPhone users or for spotty service, a problem that arose in part after consumers glutted the network with apps for their smartphones.
As demand grows for iPad apps the strain on wireless data networks may rise. WiFi may alleviate some of the clogging though users looking for dedicated high-speed throughput from a wireless provider have little choice but AT&T.
We shall see how this strategy pans out for Apple and AT&T.

About Joao-Pierre S. Ruth
New York tech correspondent for Xconomy, tech writer for Investor Uprising, and aspiring urban fantasy writer. I also make brownies and crème brulee.

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