Apple postpones international launch of the iPad

iPad customers outside the US will now have to wait until the end of May

If you're itching to get your hands on an iPad but you don't live in the United States, well, you'll need to be patient. After moving more than half a million iPads in the first week and strong pre-orders for 3G models, Apple has released a statement flagging a one month delay in the international roll-out of the iPad, which will now take place at the end of May.

If you are outside the US but have still managed to acquire one of Apple's shiny new tablets, make sure you check our guide to using an imported iPad.

Apple today released the following statement:

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.

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