Apple Adjusts iPad Shipping Dates Due to Shortage

Apple has changed iPad shipping dates again to account for unexpected demand and a shortage of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models across the US. Apple retail stores are having trouble keeping the units in stock, and international customers who pre-order their iPads from now on can expect the device to ship on June 7. Orders that made it in earlier will still arrive on May 28.

Apple iPhone iPad side view

iPad shipping for US orders has been increased on Apple's online store to 7-10 business days, where before it was 5-7 business days. Apple sold 300,000 iPads on the first day of launch, and international demand is said to be overwhelming. Some users outside the US have already received iPads from friends or on the grey market.

Israel and South Korea made headlines when they announced the device was not yet approved for use within their borders. Both countries have since cleared the iPad, although neither will receive the device through official Apple channels on May 28.

International pre-ordering began on May 10 in the following nine countries:

Australia
Canada
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Spain
Switzerland
United Kingdom

A second round of countries is expected to get the iPad in July:

Austria
Belgium
Hong Kong
Ireland
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Singapore

International iPad prices have already been announced by Apple. The iBookstore will also go live in countries slated to receive the iPad on May 28. Apple has already sold 1.5 million ebooks through the iBooks app in the US.

With well over one million iPads already sold and iPad shortages at Apple retail stores across the US, it appears the iPad has far outstripped the initial release of the iPhone.

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