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Saturday 18 November 2017

iPad worldwide launch delayed by a month

The iPad has been available in America since April 3. Photo: Getty Images
The iPad has been available in America since April 3. Photo: Getty Images

Shane Richmond

Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by a month because of "surprisingly strong US demand" for the touch screen device.

International customers will have to wait before getting an iPad for themselves.

In a press release the company said: “Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during the 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.”

Apple said the international launch of the iPad, which had been scheduled for an unspecified date at the end of April, would now be pushed back “until the end of May”.

Apple said it would announce international pricing for the iPad and begin taking pre-orders on Monday, May 10.

The iPad has been hailed by many as a revolutionary device for mobile computing.

Apple sees the iPad as the ideal ‘third category’ device - bridging the gap between smartphones and laptop computers.

It launched in the US on April 3, with prices beginning at $499.

Apple’s statement concluded: “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.”

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