iPad Sales Top 500K, Apple Delays International Launch

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Apple shipped more than 500,000 iPads during the first week the multimedia tablet was available in the U.S., and that high demand has pushed Apple to delay its International launch until the end of May.

“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,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

Apple also said that iPad 3G pre-orders in the U.S. will ship by the end of April.

News that iPad 3G shipments are still on schedule in the U.S. probably isn’t much consolation for hopeful buyers in other countries, nor is the news that the iPad is a “runaway success.” At least shoppers outside the U.S. finally know when they can pre-order their iPads, even if they don’t yet know how much they’ll have to pay.

Comments

daemon

It’s wonderful to hear that the iPad is a runaway success.

I hope Apple sells many more.

Lee Dronick

It?s wonderful to hear that the iPad is a runaway success.

I hope Apple sells many more.

I agree, my AAPL stock agrees smile

chppio

I just wish I knew what Apple means by, “late April”.  I’m afraid 3G’s won’t be shipping until April 30th—what I would call “LATEST APRIL”!

I can’t stand it!!!!!!!!!

Chris Miller

At the risk of being cheeky, I suspect we could list a fairly large proportion of the non-adopters by scouring the internet forums and tech journalists for the naysayer comments from the days following the iPad’s announcement. The rest are the ones putting pressure on Apple’s supply lines.

Jonesy

Great another month of listening to everyone talk about their iPad without being able to purchase one in Canada.  This sucks!

rtamesis

That’s hundreds of thousands of missed sales. Apple is clearly on its last legs and will probably have to give its money back to the shareholders. The geeks who said that the iPad is a failure were right. Apple is DOOMED!

Chris Miller

Isn’t it funny how in slightly over a decade we’ve gone from “WHAT, NOTHING BUT USB!!!’ to “WHAT!!! NO USB!!!”...

geoduck

Great another month of listening to everyone talk about their iPad without being able to purchase one in Canada.? This sucks!

Agree totally. I really wasd looking forward to at least seeing one this month.

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