UK iPad launch delayed by a month?

Twitter is awash with stories that Apple is delaying the international (including UK) launch of the iPad by a month. It was expected to arrive in the last week of April, but now it appears that a late May or even June launch is on the cards. Brits will be able to pre-order the device on May 10th.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Apple has delayed UK launches of products several times before and if the iPad is selling well in the US the company clearly wants to keep its momentum going.

Here’s the email they just sent

Apple Media Advisory

Apple today released the following statement:

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. 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.

Ashley Norris