Apple iPad International launch to be delayed by one month

It might be a good time to start looking at some of the options suggested in our earlier article on ways to get an iPad if you are outside the US.

Apple have just announced that the official launch of the iPad is being pushed back until the end of May. Previously it was to happen at the end of this month. They cite major demand for the iPad in the US as the primary reason. Although to be honest it’s also probably to do with production yields not being as high as they would like. Apple have faced some problems with their iPad manufacturing capacity as we reported just prior to the official launch.

Here is the full statement from Apple :

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 U.S. demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May.

Apple has yet to even confirm international prices for the iPad. I can confirm that iPads are available for around 24,000 Baht and 31,500 Baht (for the 16GB and 32GB versions respectively) in downtown Bangkok today. That’s around twice the retail price Apple have set in the US, and is of course from grey importers. [gnarlykitty]

Are you getting frustrated by being unable to put an order in for your Jesus Tablet? Let us know in the comments.

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