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Apple Delays International iPad Launch Until Late May 2010

by on April 14th, 2010

This morning, Apple released a statement indicating that it is pushing back the international launch of the iPad to late May 2010. The launch was most likely going to be April 24, 2010 but those dreams have now been crushed.

Apple cites strong US demand as being the reason for the delay, as the company has had difficulty keeping enough supply for US orders. The release further cited the large amount of the iPad 3G preorders for US customers as another reason for the delay. What’s really interesting about this is I don’t remember Apple having to delay the iPhone 3G launch in Canada, which sold millions, due to supply constraints.

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

The release further states that Apple will begin taking international preorders on May 10, 2010, which is also the day that international pricing will be announced.

Clearly this is HORRIBLE news for Canadians that were waiting for the iPad to hit Canada. I think it’s safe to say that if you want an iPad, go to the USA to get it. Considering the dollar is almost par, there’s no need in waiting another month.

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