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rdstoll
Apr 14, 2010, 07:43 AM
Per WSJ right now...."Apple to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month until the end of May, citing heavy U.S. demand."

Apple Media Advisory

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 14

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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.

© 2010 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh and iPad are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Apple

I like this: "We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

So forget just "ship late april"....we're getting these bad boys by the end of the month!



SimonMW
Apr 14, 2010, 07:44 AM
Just got an email from Apple stating that the iPad will not launch in Europe now until May. Assuming it was a real email.

Apple Media Advisory

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.

drpellypo
Apr 14, 2010, 07:46 AM
This is 100% genuine. It's just hit newswire.

OllyW
Apr 14, 2010, 07:49 AM
Not just Europe, Canada and Australia were also down for a late April launch.

*LTD*
Apr 14, 2010, 07:50 AM
But I thought everyone wanted Flash? Why is demand so high for a product that doesn't do Flash?

(Probably because Flash isn't really that important after all, which must be eating away at Adobe. They can't stand to see their big internet Flash racket slowly erode before their eyes.)

Corsig
Apr 14, 2010, 07:50 AM
Then I guess I can still hope for the "late April" release date here until told otherwise :(

.Andy
Apr 14, 2010, 07:51 AM
But I thought everyone wanted Flash? Why is demand so high for a product that doesn't do Flash?

(Probably because Flash isn't really that important after all, which must be eating away at Adobe. They can't stand to see their big internet Flash racket slowly erode before their eyes.)
You really excel at adding nothing to threads. This is entirely not neccessary nor the place for this nonsense. edit: and you're posting exactly the same rubbish in multiple threads :rolleyes:.


On topic: bad news for everyone waiting with their credit cards. Another month to save I guess :)

gwynne
Apr 14, 2010, 07:52 AM
I wonder when we'll get new official sales numbers, since they're using the demand as the reason. The Chitika tracker is up over 800k. I wonder if they're going to sell a million before the 3Gs even launch. Seems likely.

OllyW
Apr 14, 2010, 07:53 AM
But I thought everyone wanted Flash? Why is demand so high for a product that doesn't do Flash?

(Probably because Flash isn't really that important after all, which must be eating away at Adobe. They can't stand to see their big internet Flash racket slowly erode before their eyes.)

What the hell has it got to do with Flash?

Give it a rest. :rolleyes:

Vm3100
Apr 14, 2010, 07:53 AM
also....Apple says it will announce international pricing and start taking online orders outside the US on Monday May 10th (ignore already posted)

Lordillingworth
Apr 14, 2010, 07:55 AM
Just seen it now on the UK Apple homepage, oh well... I really don't know what to think of importing one now!

Mac Martyn
Apr 14, 2010, 07:56 AM
How glad am I that I got mine last week from eBay just wish the uk app store would open now:confused:

marcopolo007uk
Apr 14, 2010, 07:58 AM
Worldwide stocks diverted to the US as some of us suspected. Open the grey import flood gates! :(

aerowave
Apr 14, 2010, 08:00 AM
Link to Apple press release: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/04/14advisory_ipad.html

mcdj
Apr 14, 2010, 08:02 AM
Wonder if it's a legit shortage, or an engineered ploy to build up some techlust. Since when does Apple send out a press release for a delayed product?

ClaireL
Apr 14, 2010, 08:05 AM
I feel sorry for people in those countries who want an iPad so much and now they gotta either wait or import. That's a tough break.

Crackbone
Apr 14, 2010, 08:05 AM
Wonder if it's a legit shortage, an engineered techlust building move. Since when does Apple send out a press release for a delayed product?

Probably both.

I have no doubt some of the international inventories were sold in the US. Personally, you can't find an iPad anywhere around here, other than paying high prices on the gray market. (midwest USA)

Nash Bridges
Apr 14, 2010, 08:26 AM
I wonder if this is because they have found that the source of the WiFi issue is hardware related and are scrambling to fix it.

drpellypo
Apr 14, 2010, 08:33 AM
End of May, after the general election when conservative get in and put the VAT rate up! Imagine that.

mcdj
Apr 14, 2010, 08:33 AM
Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

I wonder if this is because they have found that the source of the WiFi issue is hardware related and are scrambling to fix it.

Not to mitigate the wifi issues, but I really think the majority of owners are not experiencing problems, otherwise it would be a fairly prominent news story.

Inked
Apr 14, 2010, 09:05 AM
At least there is a pre-order date on the UK page now

roland.g
Apr 14, 2010, 09:08 AM
People never heard of page 1.

mickbab
Apr 14, 2010, 09:08 AM
Wonder if it's a legit shortage, or an engineered ploy to build up some techlust. Since when does Apple send out a press release for a delayed product?

Well since they have been marketing this thing like crazy, and have always given the "Late April" shipping date, I'm sure they want to let people know about the change ASAP. And it also helps them advertise their great sales so far, thus building some techlust in the process.

Oh and regarding the legitimacy of the shortage, Apple couldn't fake something like this. Their profits on the iPad will be going crazy, and they wouldn't lose on that just for the hype.

People never heard of page 1.

I heard that there is some sort of website related to this forum?

ditzy
Apr 14, 2010, 09:12 AM
This sucks, this really sucks, this really really sucks. Late April was annoying but since I was planning in getting a 3g anyway, I didn't feel too annoyed. But this really really really sucks. Not a happy bunny.

Apple Expert
Apr 14, 2010, 09:15 AM
Seems like the price on eBay just increased for the 3G.

Sleazy E
Apr 14, 2010, 09:16 AM
Great news for the success of the product but I feel bad for all our non US members here that have to wait longer :(

Kahnyl
Apr 14, 2010, 09:19 AM
I got mine a week ago. They're not hard to get if you don't mind paying a little over the usual price.

mcdj
Apr 14, 2010, 11:24 PM
Their profits on the iPad will be going crazy, and they wouldn't lose on that just for the hype.


Not exactly the most in depth financial analysis, but that's ok. So why should Apple care if they sell the ipad for $600 this week, or $600 in 3 weeks?

How do we know the EU delay isn't tied into to a pending price drop on RAM or flash memory from suppliers in the next 2 weeks? Or forecasted lower shipping costs? Even subtle fuel cost fluctuations could influence a ship date.

Only Steve & Co know for sure, but it's safe to say there are many factors involved in getting a product manufactured in massive quantities and shipped globally. Saving $1 per unit on a 5 million unit push is not chump change.