Global launch of iPad delayed

to strong demand in the United States for its iPad, Apple is delaying the
worldwide release of the tablet computer for a month.

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 said in a statement.

company said in a statement that it had delivered more than 500,000 iPads
during the first week that it was on the market, but that demand was “far
higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the
next several weeks.”

tablet computer went on sale in the United States on 3 April and Apple reported
that it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the device’s first day on the market, a
figure that included preorders.

said that it would announce international pricing and begin taking online
orders for the iPad on Monday, 10 May.