Some international iPads arriving early, hundreds of thousands of US iPads already there

Several readers hit us up saying their iPads were already arriving, ahead of Apple's May 28 international release date (at least phase one of it, phase two is slated for July). Given the spread of 9 countries, its probably harder for Apple to keep their iron grip on delivery dates and still make sure customers get them when they're supposed to.

If your iPad did indeed arrive early, drop us a note in the comments and let us know where and when.

Google acquired mobile advertiser AdMob, meanwhile, says it's seeing up to 25% of existing US iPads -- the million+ Apple sold in the first month -- hitting their network from outside the US.

Does this mean Americans bought less than we thought, and international early adapters have already sated some of their fill, or that -- given the ongoing supply constraints -- that Apple is just going to sell as many as they can make in all the countries they can get them to?

We'll start finding out tomorrow as Apple Stores open early so those who didn't pre-order can try their luck in line, like Chris and friends in Australia (picture after the break).


Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.