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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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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?

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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