Apple delays iPad 2 release in Japan

Mar 15, 2011
Apple said Tuesday that it was delaying next week's release of the iPad 2 in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country.

Apple said Tuesday that it was delaying next week's release of the iPad 2 in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country.

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in while the country and our teams focus on the recovery following the recent disaster," Natalie Kerris, an spokeswoman, told AFP.

"Our hearts go out to the people in Japan, including our employees and their families, who have been impacted by this tragedy," Kerris said.

The Apple spokeswoman said that an Apple retail store in the city of Sendai on Japan's tsunami-hit northeast Pacific coast had been closed.

The had been scheduled to go on sale in Japan and some two dozen other countries on March 25. Apple did not provide a new date for the start of sales in Japan. It said availability in the other countries remains unaffected.

Apple's latest touchscreen tablet computer hit stores in the United States on Friday and some analysts have predicted that it could prove to be an even bigger hit than the original model released in April of last year.

"Apple may have sold three times more iPad 2s in the first two days vs. iPad 1," Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry said.

Greater-than-expected US demand for the original forced Apple to delay the international launch of the device last year.

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Ricochet
not rated yet Mar 16, 2011
Really? The country's been pretty-much wiped off the face of the Earth, and you're bothering to report that the ipad release is delayed in Japan? REALLY!!??
wiyosaya
not rated yet Mar 16, 2011
Really? The country's been pretty-much wiped off the face of the Earth, and you're bothering to report that the ipad release is delayed in Japan? REALLY!!??

Personally, I think most of the absurdity resides with Apple, and is just another glimpse of just how out of touch with reality Apple is. IMHO, I doubt if anyone in Japan cares about the iPad at this moment.

Apple makes its living on marketing, as I see it, but this time, Apple's marketing is on the extreme of insensitivity.
Ricochet
not rated yet Mar 16, 2011
It probably wasn't clear, but that's primarily who the comment was aimed at... also to physorg for even posting this tripe...
pauljpease
not rated yet Mar 17, 2011
FIrst, a devastating earthquake, quickly followed by an enormous tsunami, then a multiple nuclear reactor meltdown, and now they can't even buy an iPad 2? When will this string of disasters end??!! Lol.