International iPad Launch Delayed One Month

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Citing “surprisingly strong US demand,” Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by a month. Those of you outside the US will have to wait until the end of May now, with pre-orders beginning May 10th.

The press release reads like a guy telling the girl he asked to the prom at the last minute that the girl he originally asked ended up saying yes even though it TOTALLY looked like she was going to the prom with the student council president, but it turns out he has a girlfriend two towns over.

“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. 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 US thus far.”

If you’re outside the US and you’ve been waiting for the iPad, does that reason please you?

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