Apple iPad first day sales estimated at up to 700,000 units

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that in the first day of iPad sales in the US 600,000 – 700,000 units were sold. That includes pre-orders.

Getting units without a pre-order did not seem to be a huge problem on the first day either. I myself was in touch with a couple of friend’s in California who were able to pick up an iPad having not reserved one. Those iPads are now in a plane hold on the way to friends of mine in Thailand! My iPad was delivered by Black Hawk helicopter to my penthouse HQ earlier today! I jest.

However it is worth noting that Munster had previously estimated that 200,000 – 300,000 units would be sold over the iPads first weekend in stores.

Even so his findings seems to agree with mine :

“[Despite] longer than expected lines at the start of the day,” as of 7:30 p.m. Eastern time 19 of 20 Apple stores he contacted still had all three models available for sale.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that some stores had very small lines, if any : [online.wsj.com]

Perhaps those people who don’t have one yet in other countries won’t have to wait too long for them to appear in their Apple Stores.

How did your iPad pickup go? Let us know in the comments.

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Stephen NorthcottApple iPad first day sales estimated at up to 700,000 units