Cupertino, Calif.
Apple (NASD:  AAPL) announced on Wednesday that, due to "surprisingly strong U.S.
demand" for its iPad, it has delayed the international launch of the
device by one month to the end of May. The company said it sold more than
500,000 of the devices during its first week on sale, and also has taken a
large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

"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," the company said
in a statement.

Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online
pre-orders on May 10.


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