Apple has announced that the international launch of the iPad will be delayed by one month due to unprecendented demand for the device in the US.
The company said that although it delivered 500,000 iPads during its first week of sale, demand for the product is higher than it had predicted and will likely continue to exceed its supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch the iPad.
The iPad went on sale in the US on April 3 and was due to go on sale in the UK at the end of the month.
An Apple statement said: “Faced with the 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.”
Meanwhile, Vodafone and O2 have announced they will be ranging the device in the UK. Vodafone will also range it in Germany, Italy and Spain with dedicated tariffs. Prices have not been confirmed.