iPad Sales Exceed Projections. International Sales Delayed a Month

Apple has announced that sales of the WiFi version of the iPad have exceeded projections and consequently this will delay sales on an International level by one month. Apple has reportedly sold 500,000 units in the first week and has 3G orders to fulfill the end of this month. Here’s the 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(TM). 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.

Via All Things Digital


  1. I don’t understand. At the 4.0 event last week, there was a question asked about just this. Something along the lines of “Given the astounding demand for the iPad in the US, will international availability be affected?” The answer to which was a resolute “No.”

    So… has demand spiked in the last week or is something else up?

  2. If you look at Apple’s expectations of 350,000 the first day and others predicting between 500,000 to 1 Million the first day (actual was 300,000 first day), it is clear the IPad is doing well but not as expected. I think this is clearly to respark interest. Companies usually say supply can’t meet demand when they want the public to think their product is a must have. Ipad is a success but it is no IPhone (game changer).

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