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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 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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