iPad stuck in US for extra month
Apple claims demand surprise
Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by one month. The reason? According to an Apple media advisory, "demand is far higher than we predicted."
Although iPad wannabes outside the US won't be able to get their hands on the "magical and revolutionary" device until the end of May, Apple will announce international pricing and begin to accept pre-orders on May 10.
Apple also noted that it has sold "more than 500,000" iPads in its first week of US sales, and that Cupertino has received "a large number" of pre-orders for the iPad 3G, which is planned for release by the end of April.
"We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news," the advisory notes, "but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason - the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far."
Of course, any media advisory must be understood as an exercise in spinmeistering. Perhaps the real reason for the delay in international shipments is due more to reported production problems.
Or perhaps sales are indeed strong in the US - one analyst estimated last week that iPad sales were actually over 600,000 - and Apple is experiencing manufacturing delays from either its parts suppliers, such touchscreen problems at Wintek, or production limitations of the device's assembler, Foxconn.
One thing is certain, however: if you don't live in the US and are jonesing for an iPad, you'll need to wait another month. At least. ®
No comments until you try it
Yeah, I'm talking to you AC. While I am a Linux user, I have had an opportunity to work with the new pad for an extended period of time (even though I don't own one). I can honestly say that being a version 1, this thing is pretty solid. Not to say that there isn't room for improvement because there most certainly is but I'll be curious to see what the next versions of the hardware will deliver (like read and forward facing cameras). Not to mention the competition that seems to be occurring thanks to this baby....and that's a Good Thing (tm) for all of us.
You must have come out from under your bridge VERY early to get pole position with your inane comments.
demand is higher than expected.
read 'we didn't think many people would buy this obvious crud'
maybe they only made around 600,000 of them in case is was a big flop and now they're a little staggered that so many people are gullible and fall for 'its a new paradigm', 'its a new device never before seen' rubbish.
oh..and its shiny...so typical Apple buyers will buy it ;-)
really don't know where they are?
ebay is stuffed with ad's for US iPads, footsoldiers frontlining, no need for Apple to struggle to meet promises.
"demand is far higher than we predicted."
They cant believe people want one either! hows that for confidence inspiration.