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International customers awaiting the iPad will have to wait a little longer

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day. By the first week, Apple had sold more than 450,000 of the devices. We are now learning today that the iPad continues to be a big seller in the U.S. with Apple having delivered 500,000 iPads to date.

However, that strong initial showing for the iPad here in the States means that the international launch is being pushed back. "Faced with this surprisingly strong U.S. demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May," said Apple in a press release. "We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10."

The Cupertino-based company went on to brag about the sales success of the iPad in typical Apple fashion. "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 U.S. thus far."

While Apple definitely has a leg up on the competition at the moment, there are new devices waiting in the wings. HP will soon launch its Slate which is a tablet based on Windows 7 and Google is currently developing an Android-based tablet.

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Makes sense
By damianrobertjones on 4/14/2010 9:16:23 AM , Rating: 1
Whatever reason, by the time it's released in other countries people will be frothing at the mouth and chanting in the hope that they'll get one.

I'm glad that Apple is doing well but I'm NOT glad that tablets have been around for years, with very capable machines, that not many people purchased. It's taken apple a short time to sell less for more with a greater demand.

The mind boggles. From this moment on, ALL tablets will ALWAYS be referenced to the iPad and will all probably be crappy Atom based machines. My dreams of a new HP TC1100 type model with Core 2 1.6Ghz+ are over :(

RE: Makes sense
By damianrobertjones on 4/14/2010 9:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
P.s. Is there ANY new news on the other HP Slate and how come there's no news on the other slates on this site?

RE: Makes sense
By Brandon Hill on 4/14/2010 9:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
The latest info on the Slate was linked in this article. Other than Google (also mentioned in the article), there aren't really that many other "big names" in the news today with slate-like tablets.

RE: Makes sense
By PorreKaj on 4/14/2010 2:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Makes sense
By themaster08 on 4/15/2010 3:05:41 AM , Rating: 2
I must say, that's one excellent looking tablet. I'm looking forward to seeing more information on this device.

RE: Makes sense
By gescom on 4/14/2010 9:38:07 AM , Rating: 4
but I'm NOT glad that tablets have been around for years, with very capable machines, that not many people purchased.

Apple logo was missing on those machines and that is all. Why raising Sheep is fun. Your lamb will recognize you and know it's feeding time. You see?

RE: Makes sense
By reader1 on 4/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Makes sense
By gralex on 4/14/2010 11:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
I'm gonna risk doing a "Ballmer on iPhone" here but...

Who here really wants a tablet, besides Apple collectors?
I can't see tabs catching on.

RE: Makes sense
By 67STANG on 4/14/2010 2:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
If there were to be a tablet to have, it's not the iPad. I'd much rather have the WePad-- maybe even more than the Slate. I believe it's available in May as well and has many more features.

WePad vs. iPad (pdf)

RE: Makes sense
By WinstonSmith on 4/14/2010 10:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
"Whatever reason, by the time it's released in other countries people will be frothing at the mouth and chanting in the hope that they'll get one."

Which, I'd bet, is at least part of the reason they're doing this. Make 'em drool. IIRC, demand in the US is less than was projected prior to the iPad's release.

I'll wait for something that can multitask, has industry standard ports like USB and HDMI, an SD card slot, a Tegra 2 SoC or better (like an OMAP4 or Armada 618), and a Pixel Qi LCD.

RE: Makes sense
By hiscross on 4/14/2010 1:15:06 PM , Rating: 2
"OMAP4 or Armada 618), and a Pixel Qi LCD" catchy names. OMAP4 user is in some cafe and a Armada 618 user ask him, what are your using? A OMAP4! Who makes that ask the Armada 618 user? HTC, I think.? Now a iPad user walks by and other two look at each other and sigh, I wish our devices where so easy to identify.

RE: Makes sense
By ZachDontScare on 4/14/2010 2:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
Er... those are component names, not computer names.

Notion Ink's slate, for example, is called the Adam. Which looks incredible, if it can deliver. The 'Pixel Qi' LCD is a hybrid LCD/e-Ink display... the LCD for regular computer activities, and e-ink for reading.

RE: Makes sense
By hiscross on 4/14/2010 3:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
Again catchy names. Won't ink display make a bit more sense?

RE: Makes sense
By Spivonious on 4/14/2010 10:32:02 AM , Rating: 3
The problem with traditional tablets is that their interface was designed for stylus input. Apple took their touch interface and put it on a bigger screen.

I might not like Apple's business practices, but I have to admit that the iPad is a tablet-done-right. HP's Slate might be interesting, if HP can design a good interface for it. Win7 may have touch support, but it's still designed for keyboard/mouse input. A finger is much bigger than a mouse cursor.

RE: Makes sense
By acer905 on 4/14/2010 11:53:10 AM , Rating: 3
Personally, i like using a stylus. It just feels more precise. Also, i find it hard to imagine taking notes on a device like the iPad with my fingers. However, on my HP iPaq, taking notes is extremely easy with the stylus. Its the reason why the HP touchsmart series has both multi-touch for your fingers, and a digitizer with stylus input in the same screen.

Also, if people didn't want a stylus for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad... then why does this product even exist:

Also, as a side note, i really hate capacitive touch screens. I like being able to use anything i want made of any material i want as a stylus. But that's just me.

RE: Makes sense
By ZachDontScare on 4/14/2010 2:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
Stylus' are better for handwriting recognition... something more convenient for a lot of 'vertical market' uses of a tablet (think people on the shop floor jotting notes).

As others have pointed out... the ipad is 'done right'... for 'consuming'. It's an appliance. I'm not sold with its format being a good approach to actual production / creating.

RE: Makes sense
By mckinney on 4/14/2010 11:17:39 AM , Rating: 2
At this rate, it will crush the Iphone and Droid sales to the 1 millions unit time frame of 72 days.

RE: Makes sense
By Dorkyman on 4/14/2010 11:54:00 AM , Rating: 3
Am I the only one here who smells marketing spin? Other web sites mention that iPads are easily obtainable all across the country i.e. there is no "shortage."

Could it be that Apple is simply dressing up a pig and calling it a pony? That maybe they are shocked at the lack of sellout and the rumored high return rate? Look at it this way: do you believe that if sales WERE less than expected, Apple would actually come out and say, "We are disappointed in the current sales rate of the iPad, and will be evaluating what modifications might be needed in order to better meet the needs of our customers?" I don't think so. Apple is the undisputed king of spin.

Hey, I've been wrong before, but in my view the iPad is a product with substantial built-in limitations. I personally have little interest in getting one. It will be fascinating to see what the real story is over the next few months.

RE: Makes sense
By mckinney on 4/14/2010 12:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that it is a marketing spin to announce that you cannot meet the demand for your product. I think that MS did this with the ZuneHD, so it must be common place. I dont think Apple is lying about the sales figures. Apples stock is soaring on all of this news, so for them to lie about the sales figures would be a major trust (and legal) issue with investors and outside analysts.
People are speculating but no one really knows how it will do. If it sells great, good for Apple. If not, oh well. Apple has had their share of loser products over the years. If it spurs competition for good, cheap products, its all good in my book. I dont like Steve Jobs, but you have to admire the guy. He lights a fire under the industry- and thats what "we" need.

RE: Makes sense
By Gio6518 on 4/14/2010 12:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one here who smells marketing spin?

nope, its all B.S. i can walk into any best buy or apple store around here, and pick up a dozen, and talking to any of them they all say its not selling that well. The sales numbers are consistently changing. there was even a few web sites that posted over 100k have been returned, due to over heating and wifi problems, but if you went to any of those web sites today, you get the Error 404 page, basically saying "heres some money take the page down" ....wouldn't be supprised if they're counting sales numbers as how many left the warehouse not actually sold.......

RE: Makes sense
By micksh on 4/14/2010 12:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
...ALL tablets will ALWAYS be referenced to the iPad and will all probably be crappy Atom based machines

There will be several Tegra 2 based tablets around summer. Some of them should be better and cheaper than iPad.

RE: Makes sense
By Jasoncli on 4/14/2010 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
I've had 4 tablet pc's and my current is the Lenovo x200t and I LOVE my tablet PC but I bought an iPad to try it out for a few days. I was totally prepared to return it if I didn't like it (and pay restocking fees) but I'm going to keep the iPad and I'll tell you why. The OS was designed from ground up with touchscreen in mind. The iPad isn't perfect and it has some growing to do but I haven't touched my tablet computer in days. Between the OS and the form factor the iPad is a winner. Steve comment about not needing a pen be dammed, I really want to hand write notes on the iPad but that's about the only thing I feel is missing after OS 4 is released.

RE: Makes sense
By MrSka on 4/24/2010 9:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto. I've had two tablets the latest is a 2 year old Lenovo X61 which is great for my job and is great for note taking in classes, seminars, meetings. The iPad can't replace my Windows based tablet for many of the tasks I require, but once I had the iPad for a day - there's no way I could return it. I use the iPad at home mostly for reading books, reading my newsfeeds, browsing the web, Twitter and other social media browsing and updates. The iPad would need quite a few additional features including pen input for it to replace a tablet for me, but it is a great additional tool for me.

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