iPad launch delayed until May

The international launch of the much-hyped Apple iPad has been pushed back by one month, meaning UK consumers will be unable to get hold of the device until the end of May.

Furthermore, Apple has confirmed that it will begin taking online pre-orders on Monday May 10th.

The delay, the format holder claims, is due to an unexpected level of demand in the US, where 500,000 iPads have already been shipped.

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.”

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