Apple: Half Million iPad Sold First Week, Popularity Delays International Sales

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By OP Editor

Today, Apple reports first week iPad sales numbers. Demand for the Apple tablet is far higher than predicted.

Apple reports Half Million iPad Sold First Week, Popularity Delays International Sales

Apple announced that in its first week of sales, over half-a-million iPads were delivered. There is also a large initial pre-orders for iPad 3G that is expected to be delivered by the end of April.

The strong iPad demand prompted the issue of a media advisory, to inform that international launch of iPad will be delayed by a month:

“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™…

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.”

It’s sort of ironic that part of the US sales are being sold overseas by some, although that should be a small number compared to overall iPad sales. But great demand is great demand. Congrats Apple.

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