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UK / International iPad launch delayed another 6 weeks

So, Apple today delivered the bad news we have been expecting here in the UK, but that we had hoped was not true, the UK / International launch of the iPad is delayed for another 6 weeks.

From the Press Release:

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.

Needless to say, we are very disappointed to not be getting our hands on some real iPad hardware for another month and a half.

On the positive side, it does mean that demand for Apple's new device is still high, and this means that it is gaining a strong foothold in the market.  Of course, there are the cynics who would say that the supply was deliberately short to heighten demand.  The shortage has generated a lot of news around the Web in just the last hour.

Still, it gives us another 6 weeks to save our pennies, and more time for our US friends to beta test the apps for us (thanks guys) but we can't help feeling let down by today's announcement.

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