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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 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.


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer














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