It looks like even Apple has been surprised by the huge success of the iPad. After selling way more than expected, Apple has “made the difficult decision” to delay the international launch by an entire month. If you live in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland or the UK, you’ll now have to wait until the end of May to buy one:
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.
We guess something had to give, but it’s disappointing that the already vague “end of April” date has slipped so far already. Then again, given that many markets still can’t buy TV shows or movies from iTunes, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this date move yet again.
Still, it’s not all bad news. Apple’s statement continues:
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. [emphasis added]
Yeah, thanks Apple. It’s good to know that you’re making so much money over in the colonies that you’re happy to screw over the rest of the world. This is good news for one group of people though: gray importers. Those guys are going to make a fortune.