Apple has just released the following statement on Apple Media:
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.
Does that change anything? I doubt it. Apple will still sell just as many iPads in Europe than before. Perhaps now they will even sell more, because every European/US tech blog will jump on this…
Apple – Congrats you’ve done it again. Yesterday you closed the online Apple Store and drew headlines. Today you’ve delayed the internation iPad launch and get headlines again. You just can’t buy this kind of advertising.