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Apple Confirms iPad 2 Delay Across 25 Countries

Apple has released a press release a few hours ago announcing the launch of the iPad 2 to 25 more countries this Friday; It seems however that someone at Apple messed things up and the company ended up having to postpone the launch of the iPad 2 at Apple retail stores until 5pm local time later that day.

This confirms earlier reports we published yesterday about Apple authorised resellers being slightly miffed by Apple's request to postpone the release time of the iPad 2, a move that puts pressure on them to deliver a full days sales within just two hours.

The iPad 2, which Apple calls the second-generation of its third post-PC device (the two others being the iPod and the iPhone), will be available to more countries (including Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore) in April.

Steve Jobs boosts that "competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad" and that they've "changed the game again with iPad 2”, something which unfortunately for the competition, is not an overstatement.

He also confirmed that the company has experienced "amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it" before adding that they "appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone”.

Users will be able to order directly from the Apple stores across the 25 countries from 1am GMT. You can follow our extensive coverage (here) of the iPad 2 from the early days to the latest gossips.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.