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Yes, Another Month for International iPad Release

by Winston Sih | April 15, 2010April 15, 2010 5:27 am PDT

ipadsafariApple announced Wednesday that the international launch of the iPad will be delayed by one month.  Instead of the availability showing “late April,” it has been sinced changed to “late May.”

Customers in Canada, UK and other countries around the world will however be able to pre-order their devices starting May 10th.  Hopes of being able to pick one up on the earlier-rumored April 24th date will fall short for Apple fans.

Apple claims that delays are to blame and that U.S. demand had exceeded their initial prediction.

“We have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks,” reads a statement released early Wednesday. “We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.”

One would think that Apple would have anticipated a major positive response that evidently occurred with the iPad, and similar to the iPhone 3G and 3GS launches.  Nonetheless, fate has risen and international Apple fans alike will have to wait another month.

This delay however isn’t stopping everyone.  The delay only means more Canadians will be hopping across the border for a quick day trip to pick one up.  In Toronto, a handful of drivers are just jumping over to Buffalo, New York.

In addition, the Canadian dollar is essentially on par with their U.S. counterpart and the cost of bring it across the border is around $50 to $100.  This will compensate for the difference in the U.S. and Canadian currencies which Apple usually implements on their prices.

Apple claims the decision made was a difficult one and that they “know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news.”  They “hope they will be pleased to learn the reason: the iPad is a runaway success in the U.S. thus far.”


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