With stock shortages in the U.S. and potential supply chain woes following the earthquake in Japan, it was beginning to look like Apple’s (s aapl) first round of international releases for the iPad 2 was in danger of slipping. The March 25 date is still in effect, however, according to a number of Apple sources.
TechRadar received confirmation today that the U.K. launch date remains the 25th, via an Apple spokesperson who told the site that “[e]verything that is on the website still holds true; the website says 25 March and that’s when it’ll be.” March 25 is still listed as the official launch date on the U.K. website, as well as other international Apple sites that were announced as part of the second launch group, except for Japan, where Apple has delayed the launch following the earthquake and tsunami that recently devastated the country.
Other international launches also appear to be on track. An Apple Store employee told me that staff had been briefed and prepared for a March 25 launch here in Canada, too, with the only possible reason for delay cited as “unpredictable weather affecting shipment times,” indicating stock isn’t yet in stores, but is expected to be before Friday.
The Apple Store employee didn’t comment on whether or not the launch would be an afternoon one, as was the case in the U.S., where the iPad 2 went on sale at 5 p.m. local time, but they did expect lines to form. Apple has yet to announce plans for online sales at international Apple Stores, but it’s safe to assume that at this stage, there won’t be a pre-order ahead of Friday.
Who’s going to be hitting up their local Apple Store for the iPad 2’s international launch?