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iPad mania grips US as sales begin

APPLE’S latest must-have gadget stormed into US homes yesterday as more than 300,000 people snapped one up on its first day on sale.

The highly-anticipated iPad tablet notebook pushed Apple’s shares to its highest ever level after it rose 1.1 per cent.
It attracted the usual flurry of add-on sales, with users downloading over 1m applications from the company’s online store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore.

Some analysts say Apple has underestimated the number of iPad sales as it did not include pre sales of the iPad Wi-Fi 3G.

The units cost from $499 to $829 in the US. In the UK the cheapest iPad is expected to cost £417.