With the popularity of the iPad in the US, it seems Apple has been completely overwhelmed, and are already running out of stock in the US. This, of course, means they are having trouble getting ready for the international release. Sales have been higher than they expected, with over half a million units out the door already.
I’m sure some of these sales were not to US citizens. I was one of the numerous Canadians that traveled to the US to pick up an iPad, and I’m sure people from other countires “made arrangements” to get their iPad on the US launch day, as well.
This next bit will be frustrating for most Canadians wanting an iPad. Apple issued this press release today, explaining their situation:
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.
So, there you have it. At least we have an official pre-order date, of May 10th, but it is a month later than we had hoped. As more and more people get to see and touch an iPad, the demand is only going to keep growing, so I would suggest jumping on that pre-order on May 10th, to ensure you get yours!
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