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Longer wait for a UK iPad if you haven't pre-ordered yet

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For those outside the US who have been patiently waiting for the iPad to launch Internationally, you are in for a bit more of a wait if you haven't already pre-ordered your new Creative device.  It is being widely reported that new orders at the online Apple store are being slated for delivery 'by June 7th', with Pocket Lint quoting an Apple spokesperson as saying, "Demand for iPad has been off the charts. We are working hard to get iPads into customers' hands as quickly as possible".

Although another delay is annoying, that's only just over a week after the official launch date of 28th May, so it is not a major delay really. It does show that demand is high for Apple's new device in the rest of the world too, and if it carries on this way, we may be in for more delays as demand increases.  So get your pre-orders in now before the wait gets any longer.

What a lot of people don't realise though is that this delay is for pre-orders, of course.  There is still a chance, though, that you can get an iPad on launch day by pitching up at an Apple store and joining the queue.  Nothing definite has been said about the stock levels that Apple's stores will have, as Pocket Lint says, and the estimates weren't entirely accurate for the US launch with many Apple stores left with stock afterwards, so there is hope for those desperate to get their very own iPad on launch day, two weeks tomorrow.

If you are planning to queue up outside an Apple Store on launch day we would like to hear from you in the comments.  And if you are going to queue up, let us know if you can help us out by sending photos, video or e-mail comments from the queue for our Launch Day coverage.

 

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.