Turns out, first-day sales of the iPad weren’t quite as “magical and revolutionary” as some had thought. This morning, Apple said it had sold over 300,000 iPads in the U.S. as of midnight Saturday, April 3–including pre-orders. That’s about half the sales Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated in a Sunday research note, but, ironically, right on target with his earlier estimate.
Interestingly, it’s also on par with the 270,000 first-gen iPhones Apple (AAPL) sold during the device’s first 30 hours at market in 2007.
It’s important to remember, though, that this first-day sales number is for Wi-Fi-only iPads sold in the states. The 3G version of the device arrives at market in a few weeks, and both models should be available overseas by the end of this month.