Steve Jobs with iPad on Chair

Apple has just announced they are delaying the international release of the iPad by a month, from the end of April until the end of May, with pre-orders beginning May 10.

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.

We're happy for Apple and for US customers, but we'd be lying if we didn't say we're bummed for those waiting impatiently in the rest of the world. For international customers who bought US models, we're also less than thrilled that we'll now have to wait another month for the on-device iPad App Store to be turned on. (Currently non-US iTunes account holders can't buy apps on the iPad itself, they have to be bought in iTunes and synced over).

UPDATE: Vodafone, Orange, and O2 in the UK, and Rogers in Canada have announced... that they'll be announcing price plans for the iPad 3G in late May as well.

UPDATE 2: Steve Jobs has once again responded to customer emails, confirming iPad 3G will ship alongside iPad Wi-Fi in late May.

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