Apple delays worldwide release of iPad for a month

An early customer at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue tries Apple Inc's new iPad
Apple said it was delaying the worldwide release of the iPad for a month because of heavy US demand.

Apple said Wednesday it was delaying the worldwide release of the iPad for a month, until the end of May, because of heavy US demand.

"Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month," Apple said in a 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," the California company said.

"We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10," Apple said.

"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."

The new tablet computer from the maker of the Macintosh computer, the iPod and the iPhone went on sale in the United States on April 3.

Apple had planned to begin selling the touchscreen multi-media device in late April in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said last week that Apple was "making (iPads) as fast as we can." "Evidently we can't make enough of them yet so we are going to have to try harder," Jobs said.

Credit Suisse analysts have estimated iPad sales of 4.8 million units this year and 8.7 million units next year while Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty forecast iPad sales of six million units this year.

The iPad allows users to watch video, listen to music, play games, surf the Web or read electronic books. It runs most of the more than 185,000 applications made for the iPod Touch and the iPhone.

The model that went on sale in the United States this month features Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, while a model offering both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity will be released in late April.

The cheapest iPad model, with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16 gigabytes of memory, is 499 dollars while the most expensive -- which includes 3G connectivity and 64GB of memory -- costs 829 dollars.

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Apr 14, 2010
I would recommend all iPad buyers invoke this "easter egg". It really is cool! or so i've heard, since apple will never see a single dollar from me.

Apr 14, 2010
It would make a nice hi-end music server, coupled with a Wadia-171i bit-perfect transporter, then to a DAC and AMP. The only way I would consider one is if Wadia can do this.

Apr 14, 2010
After 8 days with the ipad, I find it to be one of the most useful pieces of personal tech I have found. I think it begins to really make good on the laptop's failed promise.
---It is truly mobile, easy to take most anywhere and does not become a "stage weight" or personal barrier in meetings.
---It offers real connectivity. When in my office with a laptop(turned on) and an ipad(turned off), I instantly choose the ipad for email and internet because it is quicker and much less clunky. And if I do want to show someone something, I can effortlessly grab and go.
---It has monster battery life. I am using it intermittently all day and evening and getting through two days between charges. Laptops need all-too-regular fill-ups. Check out the laptop lugging crowd around every outlet next time you're in an airport.
---It is instant on. I find boot-up time to be the single greatest downfall of the laptop. The ipad turns on(and off) literally instantly. And it is ready to go.

Apr 14, 2010
Even netbooks running Windows 7 are basically instant on. It's this great new feature called 'Sleep'. Basically XP's hibernate, but actually quite good. I don't even turn off my box anymore, I just use sleep. Even after two weeks it restores me right to where I was, all programs open, all my Firefox tabs loaded, etc.

I have a piece of paper on my desk that never needs charging, and its feature set is also stripped down like the ipads. Its super portable, folds away like a dream... yet like the ipad it cannot use skype, flash and has a very limited amount of storage. But on the plus side i can put anything i want on my piece of paper, its not tied to a specific crayon company. :]

I would pay closer to the amount of money i payed for the piece of paper for something that does so little.

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