Apple Inc., the company that launched the iPod, has announced that the international launch of its 'magical' iPad device, which witnessed frenzied buying on the first day of the launch in US, has been delayed until further notice.
The company, which recently penetrated the lucrative mobile advertisement platform, said that owing to the mammoth demand of the iPad in US, the device will not be launched in the UK in April, as promised earlier by the Cupertino based company.
Commenting on the delayed international launch of the device, an Apple spokesperson said in a statement that “Demand will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. Faced with this surprisingly strong U.S demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month.”
Apple, which has been in a fierce competition with Google over iPhone's US smartphone market share, reassured that the company will announce the international pricing of the iPad on May 10, when it will start taking pre-orders.
The iPad, which has been experiencing some over-heating and battery issues, is a tablet shaped computer device complete with the iPhone's fabled multi-touch capabilities and functionality. The device also doubles up as an eBook reader with its very own iBook online book store.
Apple said that the delay is due to extremely high demand for the iPad. They reckon that they've sold more than 500,000 devices since launch which sounds like a lot but means that since the 9th of April, only 50,000 have been sold over 6 days which is slightly disappointing.
(The Press Association)