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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 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.

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