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American Apple fans rushed to buy the first available iPads over the Easter weekend - will UK consumers be quite so keen?

Apple has announced it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US on its first day on sale, beating the original iPhone's record of 270,000 sold in the first 30 hours.

This figure is made up of those pre-ordered and delivered to customers, as well as those picked up in store. It was also only the wi-fi version – the 3G option is set to ship later this month.

During the first day, iPad users downloaded more than one million apps and 250,000 ebooks from the iBookstore too.

This works out to more than three apps and almost one book per iPad owner.

Speaking about the launch, Steve Jobs said: "It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world – it's going to be a game changer."

More after the break

• In a separate development, Apple has announced it will give the world a preview of its forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 operating system on Thursday.

The event is to be held at Apple's Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, where attendees will get a look at "the future of the iPhone OS".

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