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Apple Delays International iPad Release Date by One Month

For those of us who aren’t in the U.S. (or who aren’t willing to pay the markups on Craigslist and other sources to get early access), that “late April” international release date for the iPad was getting tantalizingly close. That’s why Apple’s (s aapl) announcement of a delay for international release today comes as such a disappointment.

That’s right, the “late April” date is off the table, and now buyers outside of the U.S. will have to wait until at least late May before they can get their hands on the much sought-after device. At least we have one firm date to look forward to, though, as Apple did announce that May 10 would be the day it would begin taking pre-orders for international sales. The delivery date is still ambiguous, mind you.

Pricing will also be announced on the May 10 pre-order date, but not before, so you won’t know exactly how many ducats you have to put aside in advance. Personally, I’m going to be quite irate if the pricing is that much different here in Canada, where our dollar is pretty much at parity. Of course, if they do charge something ridiculous, it’s nothing a quick trip to Buffalo can’t fix.

The reason Apple gives behind the delay doesn’t come as a surprise. Basically, the company is saying that with over 500,000 units sold in the first week alone, demand is simply far outpacing supply. The press release doesn’t talk about specific numbers for 3G pre-orders, but it does imply that those, too, are beyond what the company expected to have to ship at the end of this month in the U.S. market alone.

Apple is quite optimistic about the attitudes its potential international customers will take regarding the news:

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.

Yes, that’s right, they just want us to be happy for them. Well, I for one am just ecstatic that I get to twiddle my thumbs and download iPad apps for a device I have yet to own for another whole month. Thanks very much for your conservative launch sales estimate, Apple.

Kidding aside, strong sales do bode well for all iPad customers, even if some have to wait a little longer to get their hands on one. It means the platform is not in any danger of losing support from the development community or Apple itself anytime soon, as might haveĀ been the case if the launch was a total flop.

13 Responses to “Apple Delays International iPad Release Date by One Month”

  1. Duty? When you are driving over the border throw the ipads under a seat and you are none the wiser. Sell the second one at a markup on cl to offset wasted ti
    e and gas. Tell the borserguard you bought clothes….

  2. Another thing: I don’t understand this sense of entitlement that a lot of foreigners have towards any international delays on products put out by Apple or other companies.

    I am Canadian and believe me it sucks to have to wait and pay more for products when we live so close to the US. But you have to realize that in most cases it’s not the fault of the company itself. Being in business means having to make tough decisions that won’t please everybody all the time.

    I am traveling to Florida right now and the iPads were hard to come by. The first day I tried to get one every apple store was sold out, and none remained at Best Buy. You have to reserve them and pick them up when one is available.

    If you really want an iPad, come to the US and get one here, or get someone to ship you one.

    Apple is an American business and we should be pretty grateful that they are around to make these amazing products. Just man up and realize it’s nothing personal, they’re doing all they can to distribute their products on the global market, in spite of all the difficulties related to that.

  3. If you buy the iPad and bring it back to Canada you’ll probably be charged GST and provincial tax. I don’t think any other tax apply. If you stay a week in the US you can import up to $750 for free.

  4. I’ve got to say, the blatant lie from Steve Jobs confirming the late-April date was a little uncalled for. There is no way on Earth that he didn’t know that it would be a delayed when he made that comment.

    A bit disappointed in Apple to be honest. Once again, non-US customers are treated like second class citizens. It may not have much of an effect when the iPad launches, however, sooner or later support will begin to waiver.

  5. The only way I can understand “short supply” as an excuse is if there are some manufacturing issues preventing this. Otherwise they had a pretty good idea of how many people were interested in the iPad. Remember the “Notify me” option in the iPad international Apple web sites? I subscribed to be notified about iPad news, but never ever got a single email from Apple. Not even now with the delay, which I classify as “important news”, I got an email from them telling me about the new dates.

    In two words: this sucks.

    Now I’m debating whether a drive down to the US (I’m in Canada) is worth it. Does anyone know what are the duties on something like this?

  6. As a developer I am pleased the iPad is delayed due to its success as that means demand is high, and therefore there will be a lot of users wanting to buy Apps. As a European based developer I am frustrated that the iPad is delayed as I really want to get my hands on one to test out our iPad App. I was really hoping for the April date, but I couldn’t see it happening, even after Steve Jobs said last Thursday it was still on track.