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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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By bill4 on 4/14/2010 8:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
The media spins them as good, but they arent.

For examples initial reports, even in newspapers, put day one sales at 700,000.

Then a day later, the sales were reported as less than half that (300,000) what happened, and why did nobody talk about it?

The other reason I dont think it's selling well is anecdotal, which is I went down to my local Best Buy on launch day at 9:30 PM (they close at ten) and they still had the 599 and 699 models in stock. Only the 499 was sold out. Thats on launch day, for a product with absurd media hype. I assumed it would sell out from the initial morning lines alone. It didn't even come close.

Then I went back a few days later and Best Buy had all models in stock. That tells me supply is steady too.

Another way to look at it is compare to Xbox 360. Which sold 420,000 last month. Almost as much, for a five year old product.

I think the price of the iPad is just too high for the average Joe. People just arent buying, even though they want one. It's a nice toy, but the low sales show people arent paying $500 for a toy.

Once the Chrome and Android tablets with far superior specs and flash start hitting for 299, that'll be ballgame for the iPad.

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