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
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.